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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". 

To be fair, there are a few Calgary criminal lawyers who would probably be considered "the best" who don't have a website. Also, 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 the criminal defence lawyer for you.

Online presence is a popular and easily accessible advertising medium. However, what is popular is not always advisable.  Choosing wisely may be easier said than done.


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"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."

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.


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

SafeRoads v. M.M.M.

August 27, 2021

(Grande Prairie - NAP/IRS/DUI).  MMM was investigated for an impaired driving situation in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  To facilitate the investigation the RCMP used an approved screening device to conduct initial alcohol screening.  As a result of the sample MMM was issued a Notice of Administrative Penalty (NAP)/Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS). MMM was fortunate not be further investigated for a criminal impaired driving offence. Under the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act there are specific rules with respect to issuing a NAP; to include a procedure whereby the recipient of the roadside sanctions has the option to participate in a roadside appeal. Additionally, whenever a person disputes his/her IRS the Director of SafeRoads Alberta is required to provide certain information as part of the adjudicative process. In this case, MMM successfully argued for the cancellation of the administrative penalty on grounds of missing information relevant to the adjudication. If you have been issued roadside sanctions, the penalty may not be a criminal record, but the consequences of the loss of licence are still severe. For a free consultation contact an experienced roadside sanctions lawyer. Since the introduction of the NAP process on December 1st, 2020, David Chow has litigated several dozen roadside sanctions cases. He is an experienced immediate roadside sanctions lawyer

R. v. S.O.S.

March 18, 2021

(Didsbury P.C. - Bail/PPT/Armed Robbery). Defending drug prosecutions is consistently becoming more labour intensive and complex. Adding to the challenges defending trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking charges is that bail conditions for those charged with drug offences can oftentimes be extremely onerous. In SOS's case, the accused was on bail for multiple offences, including armed robbery and possession for the purpose of trafficking. The latter allegation arose in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Though the accused had no criminal record, the bail order for the Saskatchewan charges included a condition granting powers to police to search on reasonable suspicion. SOS was detained in Didsbury, searched on the basis of the suspicion clause and ultimately charged with more trafficking relating offences. The bail hearing was hard fought, but ultimately pressing for release by way of an ankle monitoring program, SOS secured judicial interim release. David Chow is an experienced Calgary bail lawyer who has successfully obtained judicial interim release for clients charged with the most serious of crimes. This includes multi-kilo level drug trafficking, sexual assault, firearms offences and serious crimes of violence, including murder. Need a bail lawyer? Call Calgary criminal lawyer, David Chow, for a free consultation.

R. v. E.M.E.

March 12, 2021

(Okotoks, P.C. - Unlawful Confinement). EME was charged with unlawful confinement.  A not guilty plea was entered and the case was scheduled for trial.   The accused claimed absolute innocence. Notwithstanding the claim of innocence, the accused -- understanding the cost and uncertainty in our justice system --  pursued every avenue for a non-criminal record outcome. All attempts were unsuccessful so there was no choice but to set the case for trial. The defence was that the confinement never occurred and that the complainant's report to the police was false.  As the trial neared, a new crown was assigned and the case was withdrawn shortly prior to trial.  Suffice it to say, the evidence lacked credibility and reliability. Though the defence did its level best to avoid scheduling trial, this case is an example of one where there was simply no alternative.  David Chow defended his first criminal case in 1999 and was called to the bar in 2003.  David is a senior Alberta defence lawyer with over two-decades of experience handling criminal cases. Call for a free consultation.