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war on drugs in calgary

The “war on drugs” is no longer merely a political catchphrase chanted by politicians to attract public support.  By all accounts, the demonization of the drug trade is reflected in the legal reality that police expend tremendous resources to halt the proliferation of narcotics in our communities. 

Parliament has armed police and Crown with a variety of resources to assist in the investigation and prosecution of drug crimes.   The Alberta Court of Appeal has established starting point sentences for low level commercial trafficking (or possession for the purpose of trafficking) Schedule 1 substances such as cocaine, MDMA, heroin, crystal meth, opioids (such as Morphine, Oxycontin and Fentanyl) and other hard drugs.  Though the starting points are guideline only, Alberta’s highest court routinely upholds harsh penitentiary sentences and consistently substitutes non-custodial dispositions for jail.  Recent legislative amendments have further increased the penalty for conviction for other narcotics, even marijuana.  If convicted of certain drug offences, it appears the Crown policy is to seek jail.

The War on drugs means you need a serious Calgary drug defence lawyer

You have probably heard the terrifying language "Opioid Crisis" or "Fentanyl Crisis".  As you are probably aware, a large number of fatalities are being attributed to Opioids -- in particular, Fentanyl and Carfentanyl.  With that in mind, it is important to be aware that Court's are slapping offenders convicted of trafficking Fentanyl with lengthy jail sentences and often detaining them in custody without bail until the case is resolved one-way or another.   

Drug Lawyer in Calgary

The war on drugs means that the Government will throw its massive weight at your to secure a conviction.  As such, there is a high likelihood that your only chance of avoiding a criminal record, jail and a lifetime of stigma is your drug lawyer. Call David Chow for a free consultation. He has a strong drug defence pedigree.  He can help with your case.

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Recent Case Results

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.

R. v. J.T.T.

March 18, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  JTT was the lucky recipient of  a stay of proceedings in a case of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine (PPT).  This was a case where the most damning evidence concerned a co-accused.  JTT is an example of a case where a third-party can easily become embroiled in a drug investigation.  This happens when surveillance captures two people in each others company. When combining surveillance with a search warrant agains persons who reside together, an innocent third-party may face the harsh reality of criminal charges. David is a Calgary drug lawyer who regularly secures favourable results for clients charged with everything from simple possession charges, to multi-kilo PPT allegations to importation. David has been defending drug cases since 2005.  If you have been charged with possession for the purpose in Calgary, call for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. A.H.

March 18, 2019

(Lethbridge, Q.B.).  Calgary drug lawyer, David Chow, secured a stay of proceedings on a possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, meth, along with a pharmacy of other drugs. This was a multi-day trial to address surveillance evidence and search warrants.  David Chow is not only a Calgary drug lawyer, he is a Lethbridge drug lawyer.