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Plea Bargains and Joint Submissions

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

By definition, a plea bargain is an agreement between the accused and the Crown to resolve an outstanding set of charges. It can be as limited as an agreement which requires the accused to plead guilty to a specific charge and requires the Crown to stay other charges. Alternatively it can be as broad as an […]

Americans Traveling to Canada: Leave Your Guns at Home

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

If you’re an American and planning to visit Canada, whatever you do, leave your guns at home! Every year hundreds of Americans show up at the Canada-U.S. border with guns or rifles, and either fail to declare them to Canada’s border guards (Canada’s Customs and Border Services Agency (CBSA)), or deny having any firearms with […]

Avoiding a Criminal Record

Written by Nicholas Preovolos on March 16, 2015

Obviously you will succeed in avoiding a criminal record for an offence if you are found not guilty of it after a trial. There are, however, some less obvious paths to avoiding a criminal record. Depending on the type of offence you have been charged with and the alleged circumstances of that offence, avoiding a criminal record can be achieved by: […]

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, […]