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don't hire a dabbler | Hire a criminal lawyer

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

You won't find David working on a will, a contract or a divorce while at the same time researching 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. 

David does not have a "general practice", he has a focussed practiced where he specializes ONLY in the field of criminal defence.  He is a Calgary criminal law specialist who 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.

Most importantly, 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 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.

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.  His commitment is that if he does have time, energy or the knowhow to handle your case well, he won't accept your business at all.

Peruse this Website to help determine whether hiring David Chow is the right choice for you.

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 to Defending Your Case

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. L.E.K.

August 15, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  An Alberta judge once said that it doesn't matter whether the facts are on your side, or whether the law is on your side, or whether you think you have a great argument or all of the above. None of it matters if you can't convince your trial judge that you are right. David Chow represented LK, who was unfortunately convicted in 2017 after a very arduous and lengthy trial.  LK was on trial for a serious home invasion in Calgary that involved a firearm. He had many issues in his favour: identification, investigative necessity, frailties in proving the essential elements of the offence. Despite a very credible argument that the wiretap captures were inadmissible due to investigative necessity, the evidence was admitted at trial. Despite a lack of identification and a very strong argument that the Crown failed to prove LK committed the crimes before the court, he -- along with his co-accused -- was convicted. The example from LK's case is that sometimes no matter how strong defence counsel argues a case, it just doesn't work out. However, the lesson is, since LK advanced every meritorious issue to its ultimate conclusion, and thus forced the Crown to argue and the judge to decide, issues were created on appeal. In 2019 LK was granted a new trial. David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer who will advance every credible and meritorious issue in a case.  If you have been charged with a serious offence, including one involving complex wiretap issues, call David Chow. He is one of a number of Calgary criminal lawyers who offers a free initial consultation. 

R. v. L.B.K.

August 8, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  LBK was charged with breaching bail.  His case was set for trial in low complexity trial court in Calgary.  A plea of not guilty was entered because after evaluating the Prosecution's case, the Defence determined that there were evidentiary defences and potential Charter issues.  In specific, the manner in which the evidence used to substantiate the breach was arguably collected in breach of section 8 and 10 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Strategically, the defence was of the view that even if the Charter defence failed, there remained common law defences.  In Canada, common law is essentially judge made law built upon previous court decisions that are either binding or persuasive for present day trial courts hearing cases. Breaching bail is often viewed very seriously by the Crown and court because when a bail order is contravened, the offender is effectively ignoring conditions of release designed to control the accused while the case winds through the justice system. Have you been charged with an offence and need a Calgary bail lawyer? Consider David Chow; he has been securing judicial interim release for clients since leaving the Crown Prosecutor's office and joining the Calgary defence bar in 2005. David is a Calgary criminal lawyer who serves clients throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

R. v. K.D.B.

July 17, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  KB was charged on multiple informations with a plethora of offences, including assault, possession of crystal meth, breaching bail conditions, trespassing and uttering threats.  She had three low complexity trials in Calgary scheduled for multiple cases over three days. On the first day of trial her predicament was resolved positively by way of a conditional discharge.  The drug charges - which could have resulted in KB being absolutely denied admissibility to the United States -- were withdrawn by the Crown along with many other offences.  A conditional discharge is a disposition where the accused is found "guilty", but the "conviction" will not register as long as the accused completes the terms of the discharge.  There are many sentencing options in criminal cases. The options range from diversionary measures (such as alternative measures or mental health diversion) that do not trigger any find of guilty, to discharges (absolute and conditional) that will not result in a criminal record, to fines, probation and jail.  There are many avenues to achieving a favourable outcome in a criminal case. Conditional discharge is often one such avenue.  In KB's case, David Chow was able to work closely with the Crown, whose position was to give the accused a second chance as long as she satisfied rehabilitate measures built into the discharge.  David Chow is a Calgary criminal defence lawyer who will explore all available avenues to properly defending a case. Call 403.452.8018 for a free telephone consultation.