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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.


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.