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defending a drug charge in calgary

David Chow has been a drug lawyer in Calgary since 2005.  He was trained by the best. 

Defending  a drug charge is becoming increasingly more difficult.  Not only is an accused facing the weight of a potentially resource heavy police investigation – one that may involve a plethora of techniques including the use of undercover operators, wiretap, tracking devices, complex surveillance (such as from a motor vehicle, aircraft or video), ruse traffic detentions, search warrants and Confidential Informants – the accused must overcome the general stigma of being charged with a drug crime.  The stigma emanating from many drug offences may be so overpowering as to cloud the presumption of innocence and to marginalize Charter rights in favour of the noble cause of convicting and incarcerating drug offenders.  Trafficking in opioids is attracting very harsh sentencing responses from the Court.

war on drugs in calgary

The "war on drugs" in Calgary is being fought hard by the Government through its police and prosecution services.  To defend your drug charges, retain a Calgary drug lawyer who can fight back.

Defending a drug case requires a Calgary drug lawyer who understands the complex machinations of our legal system.  


David Chow is an experienced drug lawyer who is cognizant of the many subtle nuances of our criminal law.  He understands the interrelationship between the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code of Canada, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the common law. David prides himself on having the experience and imagination to visualize the investigation, to see its weaknesses and the courage to exploit flaws in the Crown’s case.  

David Chow has successfully defended the entire spectrum of drug offences, including multi-kilo trafficking, importation, production, possession for the purpose of trafficking and drug prosecutions co-mingling other allegations such as firearms offences and crimes of violence. David is an Alberta defence lawyer, who has appeared throughout the entire province, as well as British Columbia and Saskatchewan. He has firm foothold in jurisdictions outside of Calgary, including Cochrane and Lethbridge.

 Possession | Possession for the Purpose | Trafficking | Production | Importation | Guns  | Conspiracy | DUI

Recent Case Results

R. v. K.D.B.

July 17, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  KB was charged on multiple informations with a plethora of offences, including assault, possession of crystal meth, breaching bail conditions, trespassing and uttering threats.  She had three low complexity trials in Calgary scheduled for multiple cases over three days. On the first day of trial her predicament was resolved positively by way of a conditional discharge.  The drug charges - which could have resulted in KB being absolutely denied admissibility to the United States -- were withdrawn by the Crown along with many other offences.  A conditional discharge is a disposition where the accused is found "guilty", but the "conviction" will not register as long as the accused completes the terms of the discharge.  There are many sentencing options in criminal cases. The options range from diversionary measures (such as alternative measures or mental health diversion) that do not trigger any find of guilty, to discharges (absolute and conditional) that will not result in a criminal record, to fines, probation and jail.  There are many avenues to achieving a favourable outcome in a criminal case. Conditional discharge is often one such avenue.  In KB's case, David Chow was able to work closely with the Crown, whose position was to give the accused a second chance as long as she satisfied rehabilitate measures built into the discharge.  David Chow is a Calgary criminal defence lawyer who will explore all available avenues to properly defending a case. Call 403.452.8018 for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. B.A.

June 21, 2019

(Calgary, Q.B.).  BA was professionally and strongly prosecuted for possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and unlawful possession of a loaded, restricted firearm. In this case, police investigated the accused and another person during a 60 day surveillance operation that culminated in the execution search warrants in a private dwelling house and a vehicle. BA was found "not guilty" of all charges. The Defence argued that the "identification" by police was frail, that the circumstantial evidence that BA was in "possession" of the gun and drugs was not proven and that the case failed to rise to the standard of proof, "beyond a reasonable doubt".  In the final result, the trial judge agreed that the evidence in relation to ID and possession was insufficient to prove that BA had knowledge, consent and control over items located in a secret compartment located in motor vehicle. If you have been charged with a drug or firearms offence, you are looking at serious jail time. A criminal prosecution is serious business; so if you have been charged, look for a serious Calgary drug lawyer. Give David Chow a chance to earn your business.  

R. v. A.H.J

May 24, 2019

(Whitehorse, P.C.).  A.H.J. was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking Fentanyl and trafficking Fentanyl in Whitehorse, Yukon. The case was one of the first Fentanyl cases in Whitehorse and involved a significant quantity of the Opioid. The focus of the defence revolved around challenging expert opinion relating to a fingerprint.  Other issues concerned eyewitness identification, threshold reliability and evidentiary weight. As a result of evidentiary issues that arose during the course of the trial, the Prosecution's case was seriously imperilled.  A.H.J. was acquitted. For a free consultation with a Whitehorse drug lawyer call 1.403.452.8018.

R. v. R.W.

April 5, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.). R.W. was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking Ketamine. The case was defended by Calgary drug lawyer, David Chow.  The defence unsuccessfully argued for the exclusion of evidence due to violations of the accused’s right to counsel. The case was then argued on its merits, which included having to present evidence to overcome an alleged confession. The judge was left with a reasonable doubt and acquitted the accused of being in possession “for the purpose of trafficking” and being in possession of the “proceeds of crime”. The accused was convicted of simple possession of cocaine and ketamine and fined accordingly. He avoided a 3 year starting point jail sentence. For a free consultation with Criminal lawyer in Calgary, David Chow, call 403.452.8018.