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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.


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Recent Case Results

R. v. D.T.D.

December 22, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Fraud/Obstruction).  This accused was charged with fraud and obstructing police by giving a false name. The accused had no criminal record and had unfortunately accumulating some administrative charges post these allegations. As a long time practicing Calgary criminal lawyer what I have seen is a disparity in the accumulation of administrative offences between people economically and socially disadvantaged and those who are not. For example, those who live in more transient living conditions are much more likely to commit administrative offences arising from a substantive allegation than those who are not. It's hard to maintain a residence when one doesn't have a stable home. Though I run a different practice with a different business model and as such, only handle a small number of Legal Aid or pro bono cases each year, I have immense respect for the Calgary criminal lawyers who have devoted themselves to helping people like DTD. Happily, DTD successfully defended the case after it was set for trial.  Sometimes fighting. a case at trial is the best option.  Searching for a Calgary fraud lawyer, call 403.452.8018 for a free consultation.

R. v. H.R.H.

December 15, 2020

(Canmore, P.C. - Impaired Driving). HRH was the target of a traffic stop at about 9:30AM on a cold, snow covered day in 2019. As a result of the traffic stop, a roadside demand was made and he provided a sample of breath into an approved screening device. HRH was charged with impaired driving and eventually, operating a motor vehicle with blood-alcohol above the legal limit. This accused had a number of quality defences, to include Charter arguments that had a very reasonable prospect of resulting in the exclusion of evidence and acquittal. Those arguments aside, however, HRC had a credible, meaningful and unique mens rea argument that he had no intention to drive while impaired or with high blood-alcohol.  This accused had consumed alcohol the evening before the traffic stop. The accused had a full nights sleep and consumed nothing in the morning. On waking, the accused did not feel the effects of alcohol and for reasons having to do with employment, used a miniature, home breath tester that apparently confirmed it was safe to drive. Of course, personal or home breath testing gear is not approved and not formally recognized by our criminal justice system. However, since mens rea must be proven for any criminal offence, it was nevertheless a relevant factor. Ultimately, was not required to evaluate the mens rea issue because the case was resolved by way of a more technical issue. The Crown properly called no evidence and the charge was dismissed. Scanning the internet for an impaired driving lawyer in Alberta, a Canmore DUI lawyer or an Alberta Roadside Sanctions Lawyer, give David Chow a chance to earn your business.

R. v. G.T.

December 4, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Importation/PPT). GT was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and importation of dozens of kilograms of meth and cocaine.  GT was found "not guilty" at trial. This was a multi-kilo drug case that could have had very serious consequences for GT. The trial defences integrated a number of issues, including identification, continuity and the use of circumstantial evidence. The trial judge thoroughly and properly applied the Supreme Court of Canada decision, R. v. Villaroman, 2016 SCC 33 in arriving at the verdict -- "not guilty".  GT's case was one involving a number of investigative techniques, including covert surveillance and forensic technological analysis. David Chow understands there are a number of quality Calgary drug lawyers to choose from. Though there are many Calgary criminal lawyers, not every criminal defence lawyer can properly defend a drug case. GT's situation is another case where David Chow was very grateful to have earned the trust and confidence of his client. Though the principle of Occam's Razor is generally advisable in criminal law cases, sometimes the defence has no other option but to defend the case at trial. Charged with a drug offence? Don't settle for just any lawyer; rather, be duly diligent by interviewing lawyers, doing your research and using your good sense. Your choice of drug lawyer could mean the difference between being found guilty or not - going to jail or not.