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Founded in 2004, our law firm is committed to providing trustworthy, effective legal representation to defendants in Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Nicholas J. Preovolos has more than two decades of experience helping people defend themselves or recover from unfortunate mistakes.

Whether you are facing a serious criminal charge or civil liability for an alleged criminal act, we will advise you of your rights and options and help you take action. For a free, strictly confidential initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in British Columbia, please contact our New Westminster law office today. 

An Overview of Our Practice Areas


In British Columbia, an assault is committed when a person applies non-consensual physical force to another.  While assaults can range from pushing and shoving to a stabbing, all assault charges must be taken seriously. Even simple assault can result in a jail sentence. 

Civil Forfeiture

Civil forfeiture laws are designed to deprive criminals of assets used to commit crimes and the fruits of criminal activity, including cash and real estate.  There are, however, defenses to a civil forfeiture that should be explored to fight off forfeiture completely or use to negotiate settlements that result in the partial return of property subject to forfeiture. We can analyze your situation and advise you of your rights and options. 

Criminal Negligence

A person who acts with wanton or reckless disregard for the health, safety and well-being of others may be charged with criminal negligence. These are complicated cases. If you or your loved one is facing a criminal negligence charge, our Vancouver defense lawyer is standing by, ready to help. 

Customs Act Offences

Under the Customs Act, people entering or returning to Canada by land, air or sea are required to make certain disclosures. Offering false or misleading information to customs officials is against the law. If you fail to comply with the Customs Act, you could be arrested and charged with a criminal offense and lose the property you are bringing into the country.  

Domestic Violence

Assaulting or threatening a spouse is a serious criminal matter in British Columbia. Notably, assaulting a spouse is an aggravating factor in an assault case and may justify an increased criminal penalty. Our Vancouver defense lawyer has the skills and experience to handle these sometimes complex and highly sensitive cases. If you or your loved one is facing a domestic violence charge, contact our law office for immediate assistance. 

Driving Offences

We handle the full range of driving offenses. If you or your loved one is charged with intoxicated driving, driving with a suspended or revoked license, or any other type of motor vehicle offense, our Vancouver defense lawyer will protect your rights, including working to keep you out of jail and save your license. 

Drug Offences

Our Vancouver criminal defense lawyer handles the full range of drug offenses, including possession, trafficking, production, and importation. If you or your loved one was arrested for a drug crime in British Columbia, call our office for a confidential initial consultation. 

Employee Crimes

Theft or embezzlement by an employee is a serious criminal matter. Our Vancouver employee crimes defense lawyer will fight aggressively to protect the legal rights of the accused. If you or your family member was charged with a crime against an employer, we are here to help. 

Firearms Offences

In Canada, the possession of firearms is strictly regulated. Americans traveling to Canada are advised to educate themselves on these regulations, as Canadian gun laws are considerably more strict. The stakes are extremely high in these cases. If you are charged with a firearm offense in British Columbia, our criminal defense lawyer can help.


Fraud is the unlawful taking of money, assets, or property through material misstatements or material misrepresentation. A fraud conviction carries serious criminal penalties, including significant financial sanctions and jail time. 

Immigration Offences

We are one of the only law firms in the region that handles criminal immigration offenses. If you or your loved one was charged with a crime under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), it is imperative that you seek immediate assistance. 

Murder or Manslaughter

If you or your family member is a suspect in a homicide investigation, you need a lawyer. Nicholas J. Preovolos handles complex homicide cases, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter. 

Obstruction Offences

Our law firm handles the full range of obstruction offenses. While you are not required to cooperate with police investigations, you can be charged with a crime if you take action to undermine the investigation. If you are charged with perjury or obstruction of justice, call our law office today. 

Offences Against Property and Persons

We represent defendants facing charges for offenses against property and persons. Among other things, this includes robbery, breaking and entering (B&E), and home invasion. If you or your child are arrested for any type of robbery, theft, or home invasion offense, please call our office today. 

Peace Bond

In British Columbia, there are some offenses that can be resolved with a peace bond rather than a plea to a criminal offense.  A peace bond is essentially a court order requiring a person to keep the peace and abide by any other conditions the court orders, which usually include “no contact” restrictions that people typically refer to as “restraining orders.”  Violating a peace bond is a criminal offense and can lead to imprisonment upon conviction. 

Professional Discipline

Our law firm has unique experience handling professional discipline cases. If you are a doctor, accountant, attorney, or any other licensed professional, allegations of misconduct could cause serious harm to your career. Let our Vancouver professional discipline defense lawyer help. 

Sex Crimes

There are few things more scary and overwhelming than being accused of a serious sex crime. Our law firm represents defendants facing a wide array of sex-based offenses, including sexual assault, civil sexual assault, child luring and child pornography charges, computer crimes, and solicitation of sexual services or prostitution. 


While the term shoplifting does not technically appear in the Criminal Code, it is generally used to refer to theft of merchandise. If you or your child are arrested for shoplifting, our Vancouver criminal defense lawyer can help. In many shoplifting cases, we are able to protect your clients from getting a criminal record. 

Call Our Vancouver Criminal Defence Lawyer Today
At N.J. Preovolos Law Corporation, our top-rated Vancouver criminal defense lawyer is a skilled, attentive advocate for clients. Nicholas J. Preovolos will protect your rights and help you secure your future. For a free, completely confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer, please contact our law firm today. With the main office in New Westminster, we serve communities throughout British Columbia, including Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Chilliwack, and Abbotsford.