DIMITRI KONTOU received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Wales. He completed a Master of Arts degree, also in philosophy, from the University of Alberta, in 1970. After teaching at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, he attended the University of Victoria Law School and received his Bachelor of Laws in 1983.
About Dimitri A. Kontou DIMITRI KONTOU received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Wales. He completed a Master of Arts degree, also in philosophy, from the University of Alberta, in 1970. After teaching at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, he attended the University of Victoria Law School and received his Bachelor of Laws in 1983.
Dimitri Kontou was admitted to the practice of Law in British Columbia and has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia in good standing since 1984. For over 25 years, Mr. Kontou has used his knowledge and experience to aggressively argue his clients' cases before all levels of court in British Columbia.
Mr. Kontou has successfully defended and achieved positive results for his clients charged with many offences ranging from shoplifting to murder, from domestic assault to kidnapping, from drug possession and trafficking to driving while impaired by drug or alcohol. He has won trials by Jury for murder, drugs, as well as various sexual offences. He has won many trials without a Jury in both the Provincial as well as the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Successful Criminal Lawyers in Vancouver One of the successful criminal lawyers in Vancouver is Dimitri A. Kontou. Mr. Kontou is a skilled courtroom lawyer with many years in practice, smartly defending his clients’ interest in the criminal court system. He has defended cases in courts throughout the Lower Mainland, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam and Surrey. He has travelled extensively to courts on Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia when needed. Mr. Kontou has successfully defended and attained accurate results for his clients charged with many offenses from shoplifting to murder, domestic assault to kidnapping, drug possession to trafficking and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He has won many trials without a Jury in both the Provincial and the Supreme Court of British Columbia as well. His office is located in downtown Vancouver, but he handles his cases in most court jurisdictions within the Province of British Columbia. The initial consultation is free and is completely confidential. Criminal Lawyers in Vancouver have a few duties to fulfill: •
Case Management – This is a major facet of all the jobs of a lawyer. He is supposed to manage the case of his client by doing the needful. He must organize all the necessary paper-works, index demonstrations and review communication details on a regular basis.
Case Preparation – A criminal case usually is considered to be a more serious case than all the other kinds of cases. It needs prior preparation that nothing goes wrong at the court hearing.
Negotiations - Criminal cases usually require a lawyer to discuss negotiable terms with the opposite party to try helping his client get a lighter sentence.
Preparations for trial – If negotiations do not seem to work out, the criminal lawyer must start preparing for a trial case.
Duties towards a trial case – A criminal lawyer fights a case in favor of his client by presenting proper evidences. He cross examines the witnesses that the prosecution has to offer and present legal defenses.
CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES 1. Offences Against the Person * Criminal Harassment * Uttering Threats * Assault (Including assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault) * Kidnapping and Confinement * Murder/Manslaughter 2. Sexual Offences * Sexual Interference * Invitation to sexual touching * Sexual exploitation * Child pornography (possession or distribution) * Luring a child by means of computer system 3. Property Offences * Theft * Theft/use of credit card * Robbery * Possession of stolen property * Forgery * Fraud 4. Firearms * Possession/use of firearm * Careless use of firearm * Pointing a firearm 5. Disorderly Houses and Gaming * Keeping a gaming or betting house * Keeping a common-bawdy house * Soliciting/prostitution
6. Driving Offences * Impaired driving * Fail or refusal to comply with a demand for a breath sample * Dangerous driving * Failure to stop at scene of accident * Driving while prohibited
CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCE OFFENCES Possession of substance * Trafficking of substance * Possession for the purpose of trafficking * Importing and exporting * Production of a substance OTHER * Bail - Judicial interim release - Review of detention order - Release where Trial delayed * Forfeiture â€“ Proceeds of Crime * Peace bond and restraining orders
SOME RECENT SUCCESSES R. v. J.D.  Employee charged with stealing over$75,000from his employer; client plead guilty and, due to his unique personal circumstances,was sentenced to a period of house arrest. R. v. D.F.  Assault with a weapon; client found NOT GUILTY. R. v. T.P.  Second degree murder; after a preliminary enquiry in Provincial Court, client was committed for trial only on manslaughter. The case continues for trial in Supreme Court before a jury on this lesser charge. R. v. S.C.  Assault and threat; client found NOT GUILTY. R. v. N.K.  Assault at work site; client plead guilty and received no criminal record. R. v. T.A.  Shoplifting; prosecution persuaded to not proceed with charges. R. v. M.N.  Shoplifting; prosecution persuaded to not proceed with charges. R. v. S.G-O.  Impaired driving and over.08; prosecution persuaded to drop charges because of technical errors in the investigation. R. v. D.B.  Luring by means of a computer system; client plead guilty and received house arrest. R. v. F.T.  Trafficking in cocaine; client found NOT GUILTY.
R. v. J.A.  Possesion for the purpose of trafficking; client plead guilty to the lesser offence of simple possession and received no criminal record. R. v. W.M.  Break and enter and confinement; client found NOT GUILTY. R. v. C.Mc.  Possession of marihuana; client plead guilty and received no criminal record. R. v. R.H.  Impaired driving and over .08; client found NOT GUILTY. R. v. N.D and R. B.  Couple charged with tax fraud; charges dropped on one spouse and house arrest for the other. R. v. K.L.  Assault at work site; client found NOT GUILTY. R. v. R.L.  Assault with a weapon (a vehicle); client found NOT GUILTY. R. v. K.H.  Aggravated assault and firearm; client found NOT GUILTY. R. v. W.C.  Impaired driving and over .08; criminal charges dropped. Client plead guilty to a non-criminal offence under the Motor Vehicle Act. R. V. J.P. (and others) [2008-2009] Lengthy high profile trial for kidnapping and confinement; client found NOT GUILTY.
Legal Resources LEGAL LINKS – CANADA * Supreme Court of Canada * Department of Justice Canada * Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms * Criminal Code of Canada * Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) * Laws of Canada * Canadian Bar Association * RCMP LEGAL LINKS - BRITISH COLUMBIA * Provincial Court of British Columbia * BC Supreme Court * BC Court of Appeal * BC Court Services * Law Society of British Columbia * Legal Services Society of BC * Continuing Legal Education Society of BC * Statutes and Regulations of British Columbia * Courthouse Library Society * Vancouver Police Department * Canadian Bar Association – B.C.
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