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If you have been charged with a domestic violence offence there is a high likelihood that you are subject to a no-contact order with the complainant, an area restriction prohibiting your attendance at your own home and perhaps restrictive conditions that prevent you from having access to your children. These restrictions may cause personal, economic and financial hardship that negatively impacts all parties (including the complainant).

Ironically, the complainant-centric domestic violence protocol may have the undesired effect of victimizing or even re-victimizing the parties.

You may even be the real victim.

Though many domestic violence charges are initiated by persons who truly require the assistance of the police, Crown or court, it is not unusual for proceedings to commence as a result of an ulterior motive, such as a child custody dispute or disagreement over who retains the primary residence.

With every domestic violence charge, the accused is placed on bail. Since conditions of release generally restrict one’s everyday life (such as the place a person calls home), the likelihood of breaching bail is oftentimes dramatically and unreasonably increased.

There are ways to resolve most domestic assault charges without acquiring a criminal record.  How?  A peace bond is one option.

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David Chow offers a free telephone consultation.

He recommends that you properly research and select your Calgary defence lawyer of choice. Always remember, any lawyer can advertise, not every lawyer is equally effective.  The fact is, if you are new to the criminal justice system, you probably don't know about the various defence practicing in Alberta. Just because a lawyer has been practicing for a long time doesn't mean he or she is better than a lawyer who has been practicing for less time; but the fact is, the longer a defence counsel has been practicing, the greater the chance that the lawyer has the experience to handle your case.  That said, there are many lawyers senior in years who have far less trial experience that some mid-level defence counsel. Also, there are many defence lawyers in Alberta who have a multi-disciplinary practice and thus may not have an exclusive "criminal law" practice. In Alberta's present economic environment, lawyers are looking for business and thus may be dabbling a variety of disciplines.  

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Recent Case Results

R. v. E.M.E.

March 12, 2021

(Okotoks, P.C. - Unlawful Confinement). EME was charged with unlawful confinement.  A not guilty plea was entered and the case was scheduled for trial.   The accused claimed absolute innocence. Notwithstanding the claim of innocence, the accused -- understanding the cost and uncertainty in our justice system --  pursued every avenue for a non-criminal record outcome. All attempts were unsuccessful so there was no choice but to set the case for trial. The defence was that the confinement never occurred and that the complainant's report to the police was false.  As the trial neared, a new crown was assigned and the case was withdrawn shortly prior to trial.  Suffice it to say, the evidence lacked credibility and reliability. Though the defence did its level best to avoid scheduling trial, this case is an example of one where there was simply no alternative.  David Chow defended his first criminal case in 1999 and was called to the bar in 2003.  David is a senior Alberta defence lawyer with over two-decades of experience handling criminal cases. Call for a free consultation. 

R. v. S.R.R.

January 29, 2021

(Airdrie P.C. - Domestic Assault).  SRR was another, all things considered, trivial domestic violence allegation of highly questionable merit.  As with every accused, SRR was in jeopardy of a criminal record with real life consequences. In criminal law it is always important for the accused to balance his or her desire to fully litigate the case -- even in cases where they feel that they have done nothing wrong -- with the risk and financial cost of defending the case in court. In criminal law, financial costs are often viewed exclusively through the lens of lawyer professional fees (which even when reasonable, can cause hardship), but this is far from the total picture. Economic cost includes potential loss of income, added household expenses, along with a serious interference with one's time.  For many, there is shortage of time. Luckily, SRR is yet another case where the swift intervention by Crown Prosecution service with the support of police (at the behest of defence counsel), in the efficient and timely handling of the case. SRR was resolved by way of a peace bond with reasonable conditions. He protected his criminal profile and his finances. Looking for an Airdrie criminal defence lawyer. Many Calgary criminal lawyers appear in Airdrie to assist clients. For a free consultation call 403.452.8018.

R. v. U.A.U.

January 28, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - Domestic Assault).  The principle of Occam's Razor aptly applies to criminal justice. In short, the path of least resistance is generally one that should be followed. In domestic assault cases, where there is risk of criminal conviction and a criminal record, it is almost always advisable for the accused to proverbially bite the bullet -- even where he or she thinks that they have done nothing wrong or even where there is an available defence. In domestic violence cases there is often a non-criminal record path called "peace bond".  For many, accepting the withdrawal of charges in exchange for a peace bond is a pill hard to swallow -- but swallow they should; for to swing for a home run in criminal justice can result in undesirable consequences. This includes the risk of a criminal record along with a serious impact to the wallet in lawyer fees. In this case, the accused was somewhat reluctant to do the peace bond but ultimately made the wise decision and secured the guaranteed withdrawal of the criminal charge and no criminal record.  David Chow has been defending cases in criminal courts since 1999 and defending domestic assault cases in Calgary for over 18 years.  Looking for a Calgary domestic assault lawyer? Call David Chow for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. R.S.R.

January 21, 2021

(Airdrie, P.C. - Domestic Assault).  RSR was charged with domestic assault arising from a very minor incident. Like many people charged with a domestic violence offence this accused did not have a criminal record.  At the outside RSR's Airdrie criminal lawyer -- David Chow -- was very optimistic that the case could be handled without the imposition of a criminal record or the necessity of a trial.  When looking to hire a criminal defence lawyer in Alberta or anywhere else it is important to understand that the lawyer is often paid the most amount of money for trial; but since trials are costly, imperfect and inconsistent processes adjudicated by honest and well intending but frail human beings, where possible, they should be avoided. In this view of this Alberta criminal lawyer, if counsel ever tells you that a case is a "slam dunk" or uses words similar, you should be very sceptical; for no trial outcome in our criminal justice system can be guaranteed. In this case, RSR benefited from the immediate attention and fair minded approach of the Crown prosecutor who determined that a peace bond was appropriate and that the it was not necessary for the imposition of a criminal record. In the circumstances, RSR resolved without a criminal record and without seriously damaging his wallet. Searching for a domestic violence lawyer in Alberta, call David Chow for a free telephone consultation.