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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. D.N.N.

November 12, 2021

(Calgary, SafeRoads - Notice of Administrative Penalty).  DNN was reported to police in relation to a criminal law matter. When police arrived at DNN's home, they immediately initiated an arrest, charter and caution. As a result of statements made in response to police questioning along with the odour of alcohol coming from DNN (who had been at home for a period of time and having drinks), police issued DNN a Notice of Administrative Penalty (NAP)/Roadside Sanctions. At the immediate roadside sanctions (IRS) hearing, made many arguments, including that police did not offer the right to a roadside appeal or second test. DNN succeeded in having the NAP cancelled. DNN's case, however, highlights both the draconian nature of roadside sanctions and the absurd results that roadside sanctions are capable of imposing on motorists. For example, DNN had not consumed alcohol prior to driving but was sanctioned as a result of consuming alcohol within a couple of hours of driving while at home. David Chow is an experienced Alberta roadside sanctions lawyer.  

R. v. S.S.G.

November 10, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - Impaired Driving/Over 80).  There are many Calgary criminal lawyers to choose from. David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer/Calgary DUI lawyer who is grateful for the opportunity to earn your business. SSG was charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with blood-alcohol over the legal limit. Similar to many DUI investigations, the case began with a roadside sample, culminating in the arrest of the accused. SSG clearly exercised s. 10(b) of the Charter by requesting a reasonable opportunity to retain and instruction without delay. Prior to providing an evidentiary breath sample, SSG was in the process of trying to contact a lawyer. It was around 2AM and thus connecting with a lawyer was difficult. Notwithstanding SSG's legitimate, good faith efforts, the police interrupted SSG's attempt to connect with counsel, stating that sufficient time was afforded.  The police were aware that SSG was in the process of diligently calling a lawyer.  For the purpose of right to counsel, the accused must reasonably diligent in exercising the right. At trial, the breath evidence was excluded and SSG was acquitted due to a breach of s. 10(b) right to counsel.  David Chow routinely successfully litigates criminal cases on the basis of Charter breaches.  If you are looking for a Calgary defence lawyer who has actually run hundreds of trials, including complex cases involving guns, drugs and violence, call for a free consultation.

R. v. D.H.H.

October 12, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - Domestic Assault). David Chow is a full service Calgary criminal lawyer with over two-decades of real litigation experience. DHH was charged with domestic assault arising out of an incident with a former partner. Similar to so many allegations of domestic assault in Alberta, DHH's claim was that the allegations against him were completely false.  In part, the defence was that the complainant had a motive to lie because of a desire to take control of marital assets. Though DHH wanted to fight the case to the end, it was understood that the risk of trial in an uncertain and oftentimes unpredictable criminal justice system was not necessarily advisable. Also, DHH understood that the legal costs of trial constituted a secondary consequence that needed to be factored into the equation of whether to fight or not. The Crown properly offered DHH a non-criminal record resolution by way of a peace bond. Ultimately, DHH wisely accepted this offer because of the risk of conviction and the costs associated with the trial. Even reasonably priced, generally affordable legal fees can be expensive and can cause deterioration to an accused's savings.  Financial hardship is always a factor to consider when deciding on a legal route. Though David Chow is a Calgary domestic assault lawyer who tries to offer services at an affordable price, it is understood that the cost of legal services may still cause serious financial strain. With that in mind, it is important for anybody looking to hire a lawyer to make sure they hire the right lawyer. This can be done only after having done all due diligence.