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When Should Theft Be Reported?

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on January 18, 2021

You can be charged with theft in Canada under the Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46) if you take or convert something that doesn’t belong to you with the intent to deprive the owner of it temporarily or permanently. Because theft is a criminal offense, a conviction could lead to severe penalties, including jail time. […]

What Happens When You Get Charged with Domestic Violence in British Columbia

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on November 16, 2020

There is no justification for domestic violence. It degrades the victim’s Human Rights, shatters the dreams of a family and denies children the opportunity to have both a male and female role models from an early stage. Domestic violence includes all forms of aggressive behavior in a relationship that intimidates and controls a spouse or […]

Rethinking Spousal Assault Prosecutions in BC

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on June 5, 2016

Any time police receive a report of “domestic violence” in British Columbia, the response is the same. On an allegation as trifling as a shove that causes no injury, someone is arrested. At that point a very frustrating and costly entanglement with the criminal justice system begins – for not just the accused, but also […]

Kelly Ellard’s Shawshank Redemption

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on May 4, 2016

For those who don’t know or don’t remember, in 1997 Reena Virk, a 14 year old teenager, was viciously beaten by a group of classmates and murdered by her peers Kelly Ellard and Warren Glowatski. Reena, like many of us at that age, was struggling socially, and her tormentors, like some of us at that […]

Surety Bail

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

The court will typically order a “surety bail” where the charges against an accused are particularly serious or where financial consequences are necessary to minimize the risk that an accused will not comply with the terms of his release. Background A surety bail is imposed by way of a “recognizance”, a legal document the accused signs to acknowledge the terms of release ordered by […]