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Homicide occurs whenever a person, directly or indirectly, causes the death of another human being.  A person can only be convicted and sentenced for culpable homicide.  Culpable homicide occurs when the person causing the death deserves the blame. Non-culpable homicide occurs when the person who causes the death does not deserve the blame. An example of non-culpable homicide occurs when a person kills another while reasonably acting in self defence.

Homicide is first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter and infanticide.  

There are no other Criminal Code offences that attract more public attention or focus by the news media than homicide.  If you have been charged with a homicide, it is almost an absolute certainty that you will be identified in both the print and television media.  

Homicide investigations are resource intensive.  Investigative techniques include everything from wiretap, surveillance, complex forensic examinations (such as those completed by forensic pathologists, ballistics experts and blood spatter experts), detailed crime scene investigation and even sophisticated undercover operations such as Mr. Big Stings.

Resisting a homicide is more than just defending the case in law, it also involves withstanding scrutiny by the media and perhaps even shouldering the cry for retribution by a potentially misinformed public.  

If you have been charged with murder, the law requires that you be tried by a jury, unless the Crown consents otherwise.   If charged with a homicide, there is an exceptionally high likelihood that the Crown will seek to detain you in custody while your case slowly progresses through the courts.

The weight of a homicide prosecution can be unbearable.  

I understand both the personal and legal dynamics underpinning a homicide case.  Most importantly, I understand the consequences if you are convicted.  For instance, if convicted of first degree murder, the minimum sentence is life imprisonment.  With that in mind, it is my view that to properly defend a homicide case, you require a lawyer who is not only capable, but willing to explore every possible option, even those that may attract much public derision.  

If convicted of murder or manslaughter, you are facing life in jail. Call 403.452.8018 for a free consultation.  

David Chow defends murder, manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and all crimes of violence throughout Alberta, including Calgary, Cochrane, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. David Chow is a Calgary murder lawyer of choice.

Recent Case Results

R. V. J.P.

August 17, 2016

(Calgary, Q.B.) The accused was charged with second degree murder in relation to an early morning event in downtown Calgary.  This was a difficult case, involving the testimony of over 50 witnesses.  A jury found the accused “not guilty” of second degree murder.  Many Calgary lawyers claim to be able to defend a homicide, but there are few who consistent do. David Chow has a good record in defending murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and other serious crimes of violence. These cases require a Calgary defence lawyer who is prepared to fully immerse him or herself in the case. If you have been charged with homicide, your risk is life in jail.  There is no better time to choose wisely

R. v. C.P.

February 3, 2014

(Calgary, Q.B.).  The client was initially charged with first degree murder.  David Chow succeeded in having the charges reduced after the preliminary inquiry to second degree murder. The difference between first degree and second degree murder is substantial; for the former involves planning and deliberation that results on conviction in a life sentence with no parole for 25 years.  A jury trial for second degree murder commenced in February 2014. The theory of the Crown’s case was that the accused mutilated his girlfriend and stabbed her to death. After a lengthy jury trial, David secured a jury verdict of not guilty to second degree murder.  David Chow is one of the Calgary criminal lawyers who often successfully defends serious and complex jury cases.  David is a Calgary homicide lawyer with real experience arguing before a judge and jury. 

R. v. W.G.B.

October 1, 2012

(Calgary, Q.B.). Client charged with attempted murder, unlawfully discharging a firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm in relation to allegedly shooting a person who was in his motor vehicle. After a lengthy trial, the Court of Queen's Bench Justice acquitted him of attempted murder, aggravated assaulted and all charges relating to the discharge of the firearm.  The basis for the acquittal was due to frailties in eyewitness identification bolstered by evidence of the accused.  WGB's case was a very difficult case because it involved a foot-chase where the accused definitely discarded the firearm. Ballistics confirmed that the discarded gun was the firearm used in the shooting.  On first view of the disclosure, it was very easy to think the accused was guilty, when in fact, he was a completely innocent man. The accused claimed innocence in the "shooting" throughout.  The case was won on a careful dissection of various low quality video images from cameras on buildings in the area. The defence also went to great lengths to prove who was the actual shooter.   David Chow is a full service Calgary criminal defence lawyer and an experienced Calgary firearms lawyer. He is one of a select few Calgary homicide lawyers who often secures verdicts of not guilt in murder cases.  Charged with a homicide offence? Contact a proven Calgary criminal lawyer who defends murder cases.

R. v. D.H.

June 17, 2011

Client charged with second degree murder.  As a result of frailties in the Crown's case exposed at preliminary inquiry, the client accepted a plea to the lesser included offence of manslaughter.