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"Though I have learned over the years how to practice criminal law smarter, the essence of my practice philosophy has never changed: my interest is your best interest; my only agenda is your success".

a word from david chow

"Even if you have experience navigating the criminal justice system, I imagine the choice to hire a defence lawyer is difficult. After all, you are facing criminal charges and may now be struggling to find the money to hire a lawyer. If you are like many Canadians who have no experience in the criminal justice system, you are probably visiting this website (and other Calgary criminal lawyer websites) because you are searching for the right lawyer for you. Doubtless, the message of every lawyer website is trying to sell you -- perhaps even claiming that they are "the best". 

In my opinion, if you are reading about a lawyer who tells you that they are "the best", they probably aren't". 


As you scan the Internet for criminal defence lawyers in Alberta, understand that the Law Society of Alberta forbids lawyers from advertising themselves as "the best". Many ignore these rules and do it anyway.  


"To be fair, there are a few Calgary criminal lawyers who would probably be considered "the best", who don't have a website and there are many Alberta defence lawyers having criminal law websites who either barely practice criminal law or who arguably don't practice it particularly well. It's not up to me or any other lawyer to tell you who they are; rather, it's up to you to ensure that you act with reasonable diligence in choosing your criminal defence lawyer.

A mentor of mine advertises "choose wisely" -- I couldn't agree more".


full service criminal defence

David Chow is a full service Criminal defence lawyer in Calgary with over two-decades of real litigation experience.  He has successfully defended over a thousand cases, during which time he has run hundreds of trials.  He routinely secures verdicts of "not guilty" and other favourable outcomes for his clients.  

David Chow is an ardent and veteran defender at all trial courts, including the Provincial Court of Alberta and Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.  He has successfully defended cases in British Columbia and Saskatchewan and has argued cases as Appellate Counsel at the Alberta Court of Appeal, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also routinely defends major cases such as multi-kilo level drug trafficking, sexual assault, home invasion, manslaughter, murder and organized crime. During the course of his legal career David has secured jury verdicts of "not guilty" for murder and was instrumental in successfully defending a client from being found guilty of "first degree murder" as a result of a Mr. Big Operation.


"In my opinion, the best criminal defence lawyers are innovative, knowledgeable and rationally cynical legal advocates who understand the frailties of our criminal justice system.  The best clients are those who are respectfully engaged in their case, rationally prepared to follow reasonable legal advice and duly diligent in taking all reasonable steps to successfully defend their own case. Acting with all due diligence means that if you are accused, you don't blindly hire the wrong defence lawyer; rather, you take the time to enhance the probability that you hire the right one."


unique and cutting edge legal services

David Chow is committed to providing a unique and cutting edge legal service; one where the client is properly informed about all aspects of his or her case, including the costs.  Whether you are charged with impaired driving a drug offence, domestic violence or murder, defending the case is a partnership, where both the Accused and counsel must collaborate about strategies, defences and the law. Ultimately it is the Accused who carries the risk; it is the defence lawyer's job to help manage that risk.


"I would be grateful for the opportunity to earn your trust, your confidence and your business".


managing your criminal charge

Many Calgary criminal lawyers have websites boasting about their success (even this one).  David Chow is a senior criminal defence lawyer who has had actual, proven success.  However, don't take his word for it; call (403) 452-8018 for a free consultation.

Managing any criminal charge can be challenging.  If understanding the law was not hard enough, navigating the procedural nuances of a criminal courtroom can be overwhelming.  David Chow can help manage your case. 


403.452.8018


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Recent Case Results

R. v. D.T.D.

December 22, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Fraud/Obstruction).  This accused was charged with fraud and obstructing police by giving a false name. The accused had no criminal record and had unfortunately accumulating some administrative charges post these allegations. As a long time practicing Calgary criminal lawyer what I have seen is a disparity in the accumulation of administrative offences between people economically and socially disadvantaged and those who are not. For example, those who live in more transient living conditions are much more likely to commit administrative offences arising from a substantive allegation than those who are not. It's hard to maintain a residence when one doesn't have a stable home. Though I run a different practice with a different business model and as such, only handle a small number of Legal Aid or pro bono cases each year, I have immense respect for the Calgary criminal lawyers who have devoted themselves to helping people like DTD. Happily, DTD successfully defended the case after it was set for trial.  Sometimes fighting. a case at trial is the best option.  Searching for a Calgary fraud lawyer, call 403.452.8018 for a free consultation.

R. v. H.R.H.

December 15, 2020

(Canmore, P.C. - Impaired Driving). HRH was the target of a traffic stop at about 9:30AM on a cold, snow covered day in 2019. As a result of the traffic stop, a roadside demand was made and he provided a sample of breath into an approved screening device. HRH was charged with impaired driving and eventually, operating a motor vehicle with blood-alcohol above the legal limit. This accused had a number of quality defences, to include Charter arguments that had a very reasonable prospect of resulting in the exclusion of evidence and acquittal. Those arguments aside, however, HRC had a credible, meaningful and unique mens rea argument that he had no intention to drive while impaired or with high blood-alcohol.  This accused had consumed alcohol the evening before the traffic stop. The accused had a full nights sleep and consumed nothing in the morning. On waking, the accused did not feel the effects of alcohol and for reasons having to do with employment, used a miniature, home breath tester that apparently confirmed it was safe to drive. Of course, personal or home breath testing gear is not approved and not formally recognized by our criminal justice system. However, since mens rea must be proven for any criminal offence, it was nevertheless a relevant factor. Ultimately, was not required to evaluate the mens rea issue because the case was resolved by way of a more technical issue. The Crown properly called no evidence and the charge was dismissed. Scanning the internet for an impaired driving lawyer in Alberta, a Canmore DUI lawyer or an Alberta Roadside Sanctions Lawyer, give David Chow a chance to earn your business.

R. v. G.T.

December 4, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Importation/PPT). GT was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and importation of dozens of kilograms of meth and cocaine.  GT was found "not guilty" at trial. This was a multi-kilo drug case that could have had very serious consequences for GT. The trial defences integrated a number of issues, including identification, continuity and the use of circumstantial evidence. The trial judge thoroughly and properly applied the Supreme Court of Canada decision, R. v. Villaroman, 2016 SCC 33 in arriving at the verdict -- "not guilty".  GT's case was one involving a number of investigative techniques, including covert surveillance and forensic technological analysis. David Chow understands there are a number of quality Calgary drug lawyers to choose from. Though there are many Calgary criminal lawyers, not every criminal defence lawyer can properly defend a drug case. GT's situation is another case where David Chow was very grateful to have earned the trust and confidence of his client. Though the principle of Occam's Razor is generally advisable in criminal law cases, sometimes the defence has no other option but to defend the case at trial. Charged with a drug offence? Don't settle for just any lawyer; rather, be duly diligent by interviewing lawyers, doing your research and using your good sense. Your choice of drug lawyer could mean the difference between being found guilty or not - going to jail or not.