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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".

CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER

David Chow is a full service Criminal defence lawyer with over 16 years 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 defends 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 he 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.

David 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 it.

Many Calgary criminal lawyers have websites boasting about their success.  David is a senior criminal defence lawyer who has had actual, proven success.  Call (403) 452-8018 for a free consultation.

charged with a criminal offence?

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. 


 

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Recent Case Results

R. v. A.R.D.

September 6, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  ARD was charged with fraud under $5000. After a review of the disclosure, it was clear that there was a very meritorious defence that even if the Crown could prove that he/she was present at the business where the fraud was alleged to have occurred, it was very unlikely they could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. In the tradition of the Crown directed a "stay of proceedings".  Though the Defence often never discovers the reasons for the "stay of proceedings" (stay) and did not learn of the reasons in this case, ARD illustrates that pressing to trial is often the best way to fully defend a charge. This accused will not have a criminal record reflecting this allegation. It is important to appreciate that a Crown directed "stay" results in the "stayed" charges being set aside.  The accused is no longer subject to bail conditions.  Neither the Court nor the Defence has any basis to interfere with a Prosecutor's discretion to "stay" a charge as opposed to applying for a "withdrawal".  A stay is effectively a "no guilty" result with the exception that if the Crown "stays", they have the discretion in exceptional circumstances, where new evidence that could not have been discovered by any ingenuity on the part of prosecution, to re-open the case within 12 months from the date of the stay. In my legal career as a Calgary criminal lawyer, I have only witnessed 1 case re-opened and that occurred because the accused effectively made admissible confessions to third-parties after the stay was entered.  For a free telephone consultation with an Alberta criminal lawyer who handles all criminal charges, including fraud, call 403.452.8018.

R. v. A.M.H.

August 29, 2019

(Calgary, Y.P.C.).  The allegation in this case was "common assault".  After having reviewed disclosure, this case was really nothing more than a minor mixup between a pair of youths. Though the youth accused in this case had a meritorious defence and thus had a legal and rational basis to proceed to trial, he properly pursued admission in a "diversion" program called Extra Judicial Sanctions. In Calgary and courts throughout the Province, diversion programs may be made available to both youth and adults. In Youth Court the diversion program is called "Extra Judicial Sanctions" (EJS).  In adult court this program is referred to as "Alternative Measures" (AMP). Both programs effectively work the same.  The Crown has complete discretion to authorize admission into the diversion program; the judge has no control over this.  Neither AMP nor EJS require the accused to admit guilt; rather, the accused only need to admit a measure of "responsibility". After signing a document "taking responsibility" for the incident (not pleading guilty), the accused then completes a condition of the program. For young persons, the condition is usually some community service hours. Once complete, the charges are withdrawn. The advantage to a diversion program is that the accused takes full control over his or her outcome and can, by a little effort, guarantee no criminal record. If there is one certainty in criminal justice it is that nothing is certain -- especially if a case is left for a judge to decide. It doesn't matter how strong the facts might appear in your favour or how much the law seems to be on your side, you can still lose if your argument doesn't persuade your judge.  Though most Prosecutor's are quite exceptional, some are not. Accordingly, saving legal fees and resolving a case by completed a diversion program is almost always preferable to litigation. If you have been charged as a youth or adult, David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer  and Calgary Youth Criminal Defence Lawyer who defends all criminal cases. Call for a free consultation and give him a chance to earn your business. 

R. v. L.E.K.

August 15, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  An Alberta judge once said that it doesn't matter whether the facts are on your side, or whether the law is on your side, or whether you think you have a great argument or all of the above. None of it matters if you can't convince your trial judge that you are right. David Chow represented LK, who was unfortunately convicted in 2017 after a very arduous and lengthy trial.  LK was on trial for a serious home invasion in Calgary that involved a firearm. He had many issues in his favour: identification, investigative necessity, frailties in proving the essential elements of the offence. Despite a very credible argument that the wiretap captures were inadmissible due to investigative necessity, the evidence was admitted at trial. Despite a lack of identification and a very strong argument that the Crown failed to prove LK committed the crimes before the court, he -- along with his co-accused -- was convicted. The example from LK's case is that sometimes no matter how strong defence counsel argues a case, it just doesn't work out. However, the lesson is, since LK advanced every meritorious issue to its ultimate conclusion, and thus forced the Crown to argue and the judge to decide, issues were created on appeal. In 2019 LK was granted a new trial. David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer who will advance every credible and meritorious issue in a case.  If you have been charged with a serious offence, including one involving complex wiretap issues, call David Chow. He is one of a number of Calgary criminal lawyers who offers a free initial consultation.