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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. O.E.O.

May 28, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - PPT/Gun). OEO was charged with serious offences, including possession for the purpose of trafficking (PPT) heroin and meth along with possession of a loaded, restricted handgun.  OEO was arrested while in the presence of others, who police were executing an arrest warrant. After a footmchase OEO was first engaged by a canine and then by officer. OEO sustained injuries as a result of the canine.  OEO was looking at significant Federal penitentiary jail time if convicted. Not guilty pleas were eventually entered and trial dates were set. The Defence filed a fully argued Charter Notice alleging breaches of sections 7, 8, 9 and 12 of the Charter.  The Defence was position was that OEO was unlawfully arrested and that the manner of the arrest was unreasonable.  OEO successfully defended the case.  PPT heroin has a starting point sentence of 4 years in custody. Possessing a loaded restricted firearm would have substantially to the total jail time. David Chow is a criminal defence lawyer in Calgary who has been defending drug cases since resigned as a Crown Prosecutor and joined the criminal "defence" bar in 2005. David understands that successfully defending a drug prosecution often requires a substantial amount of work at the front, middle and back of the case. If you have been charged with a drug or gun crime, call for a free initial consultation.  If you are looking for the best Calgary drug lawyers, don't trust a self aggrandizing advertisement trying to get your business. Interview and investigate a number of Calgary criminal lawyers and remember, some of the best defence lawyers may not even have a website. 

R. v. B.O.J.

May 3, 2021

(Calgary, Q.B. - First Degree Murder). BOJ was charged with first degree murder in relation to a firearms incident. For the purpose of trial the defence was "self defence". In our criminal law, self defence is a defence of justification that could result in a not guilty verdict if the trier of fact accepts that manner of self defence was reasonable in all the circumstances. In self defence, there is no duty to retreat and no requirement to measure the nicety of one's blow. Depending on the circumstances, the use of a firearm may be reasonable in self defence, but of course, whenever a firearm is introduced into an altercation the justification for use in self defence presents with difficulties. In this case, the accused's claim of self defence not only had an "air of reality" but was both credible and reliable, having regard to the evidence collected. Pressed into a difficult situation, the Crown made a reasonable offer to resolve the first degree murder to manslaughter. Where first degree murder carries an automatic life sentence without any possibility of parole for 25 years, the sentencing range for manslaughter is 0 to life. In this case, BOJ wisely weighed the risks and agreed to the resolution proposed.  David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer who will pursue every avenue to successfully defending a case -- including pressing for a safe and favourable resolution where it is advisable to do so. Cases such a BOJ highlight the balance of risk even in cases where a credible defence exists. Of course, resolution is always up to the client. Though criminal defence lawyers must always be ready to run a trial, given the uncertainty of trial, sometimes the balance favours the safety of resolution. When the stake is life versus a short time in custody, the choice is often obvious.