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Jail for First Time Offenders

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

Often one of the first questions I’m asked by a new client is, “Will I go to jail if I’m convicted?” As you would expect, this is the source of much angst. Thankfully, the answer is usually no if the person does not have a criminal record and has not committed either a serious offence or one which carries a minimum […]

Self-Represented Accused in BC Criminal Courts

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

There’s an old saying, “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.”  I agree, and point out that the same goes for lawyers who try to represent themselves.  I am not saying you should never represent yourself, as there are rare circumstances where what is at stake does not justify the cost. Those circumstances, however, […]

The Right to Remain Silent

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

In Canada the public’s understanding of the “right to remain silent” is heavily influenced by American TV shows like Law and Order and The First 48 Hours.  The typical scenario plays out something like this.   One or two detectives bear down on a whimpering suspect who is bombarded with questions and accusations.  Within a few […]