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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. K.M.A.

February 9, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - Murder). David Chow was part of the defence team for an accused in Court when the Crown stayed murder charges against three-men at the start of a preliminary inquiry on February 8th, 2020. When a stay is directed by the Crown, it has 12 months to revive the case. Outside Court, the Crown acknowledged that the case “could” be revived; stating: “there’s always a chance”.  A “stay” is appropriate where there is a reasonable prospect that the proceedings may be reinitiated. It is not unusual for the Crown to stay a charge to permit police the opportunity to reinvestigate matters that were previously unforeseen. Therefore, a stayed charge can be revived if the Crown or Police uncover new evidence that was either not available at the time the original prosecution was initiated or in circumstances where the new evidence was unforeseen.   In the opinion of this  Calgary criminal lawyer, there is a reasonable concern that charges may be reinitiated. David Chow is a full service criminal defence lawyer in Alberta.  David has successfully defended many homicide cases. If you or a loved one are looking for a criminal lawyer to defend a murder case, the stakes are extremely high. Don't settle for just anybody -- be diligent and find the right lawyer.  This means that you must speak to many defence counsel and weigh your options.

R. v. Y.J.Y.

February 8, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - DUI/Over 80). Impaired driving and its related offences (such as at/over 80 and refusing to blow) often impacts ordinary people whose daily lives definitely do not fit the definition of "criminal". In December 2020 the Alberta Government enacted administrative impaired driving penalties that permit our justice system to penalize potential impaired drivers without criminal prosecution. The upside is that the motorist is not at risk of criminal sanction; the downside is that the Government has enacted legislation that shortcuts many principles of basic adjudicative fairness. Additionally, at the time of writing this post, it appears that SafeRoads adjudicators are inclined to blanket ignore the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms -- something judges are less likely to do in criminal prosecutions.  YJY had a number of very solid defences, including right to counsel and waiver of the right to counsel -- a pair of issues that apparently would receive no consideration in a SafeRoads adjudication. The point is, while SafeRoads eliminates criminal jeopardy, the exchange is that it appears to guarantee other jeopardy.  As a result of Charter issues, YJY's charges were withdrawn -- there was no criminal record.   Need a Calgary impaired driving lawyer or a roadside sanctions lawyer?  Call for a free telephone consultation. David Chow has successfully defended many immediate roadside sanctions cases. 

R. v. S.R.R.

January 29, 2021

(Airdrie P.C. - Domestic Assault).  SRR was another, all things considered, trivial domestic violence allegation of highly questionable merit.  As with every accused, SRR was in jeopardy of a criminal record with real life consequences. In criminal law it is always important for the accused to balance his or her desire to fully litigate the case -- even in cases where they feel that they have done nothing wrong -- with the risk and financial cost of defending the case in court. In criminal law, financial costs are often viewed exclusively through the lens of lawyer professional fees (which even when reasonable, can cause hardship), but this is far from the total picture. Economic cost includes potential loss of income, added household expenses, along with a serious interference with one's time.  For many, there is shortage of time. Luckily, SRR is yet another case where the swift intervention by Crown Prosecution service with the support of police (at the behest of defence counsel), in the efficient and timely handling of the case. SRR was resolved by way of a peace bond with reasonable conditions. He protected his criminal profile and his finances. Looking for an Airdrie criminal defence lawyer. Many Calgary criminal lawyers appear in Airdrie to assist clients. For a free consultation call 403.452.8018.