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don't hire a dabbler

"Many people can do things well, not everybody can do things exceptional. I have no doubt that the best criminal defence lawyers devote themselves exclusively to the practice of criminal law". 

David Chow is not a dabbler; he practices exclusively in the field of criminal law.  He has devoted his life to defending person's charged with committing criminal offences.   

You won't find David working on a will, a contract or a divorce while at the same time preparing to defend a criminal case.  David doesn't act as an agent doing Government prosecutions.  Though David might consult on issues related to the criminal law in disciplines outside of the practice of criminal law, he doesn't practice in a variety of legal fields.  In other words, David Chow's focus is singular: defending persons accused of crime. 

Are you searching for a criminal lawyer in Alberta who is singularly focussed in the field of criminal defence? Call David Chow for a free initial consultation.

"Crown prosecutors aren't dabblers. They are hired to be singularly focussed to prosecute cases. So if Crown's are singularly focussed criminal law specialists who spend much of their time in real courtroom litigation, an accused deserves nothing less than to have in his or her corner a criminal defence lawyer with that same focus."

David Chow is an Alberta criminal lawyer singularly focussed exclusively on defending those accused of crime. David has run hundreds of trials throughout Alberta.  He has argued at all levels of Court, including the Alberta Court of Appeal, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

 "I imagine for some, it is a very difficult decision choosing a criminal defence lawyer. On one hand, you probably don't want to hire a lawyer with such a volume practice that you can't be confident the lawyer can handle your case. On the other hand, you probably also don't want a lawyer who has too much time on their hands; for if a lawyer is not busy, there is probably a good reason for it".

preparing your defence takes time

If David Chow doesn't think he has the time to properly handle your case, he won't accept your business. 

There are many criminal defence lawyers in Calgary and elsewhere gobbling-up loads of cases to a level that there is likely no reasonable prospect they can properly defend each and every client.  David Chow will not accept a file if he doesn't have the time to invest in a full and proper defence. The practical reality is, even the best Calgary criminal lawyer is not "the best" for you when he or she doesn't have enough hours in the day to look after your file. Even the best Calgary defence lawyers are not the best for you when they hand your case to a junior.  When you hire David Chow, you get David Chow.

 "I understand that hiring a defence lawyer may be one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. I say, if you are going to commit hard earned dollars, commit them wisely".

The saying "you get what you pay for" applies to criminal defence lawyers in Alberta. Make the right choice. Give David Chow a chance to earn your business and your confidence.  David's commitment is that if he doesn't have the time, energy or the knowhow to handle your case well, he won't accept your business at all.  

david chow's commitment to you

I understand the law can be confusing, even intimidating. It is my role to help you through the process and to do everything possible to protect your best interests.

My Commitment is to do my best to fully defend your case while at the same time being sensitive to your budget.

My commitment to you is to work intelligently, creatively, energetically and if necessary, viciously, within the parameters of the law. My objective is to ensure your proper representation against a State juggernaut that has access to virtually unlimited resources.

The best resource to defend your charges is your lawyer. I look forward to helping you with your case.


 Domestic Assault | Drug Trafficking | Impaired Driving | Immediate Roadside Sanctions | All Criminal Charges 

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.