Criminal Defense Attorneys in Northern Virginia
The highly-rated criminal defense attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in Manassas, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Alexandria, Arlington, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford and all across Northern Virginia.
Our approach is simple: to prepare for each case as if it will go to trial, and to aggressively pursue every possible avenue of defense. We believe the key to victory is preparation. Success at trial starts with investigating every lead, interviewing every witness, and considering every strategy well in advance of your day in court.
Some attorneys take a wait-and-see approach to criminal defense. They stall until the first court date, or until they receive the police reports, before investigating and beginning to build a defense.
By contrast, the criminal attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. believe there’s no time to waste. We understand that the most critical window in a successful defense may be the first few days following an arrest, or even prior to formal charges being filed. By getting to work immediately, we can often locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, and get a head start towards defeating the charges.
Are You Under Investigation?
You should refuse to answer any questions when questioned by law enforcement officials in any potential criminal matter. It is natural to believe that you can convince someone of your innocence or talk yourself out of the situation. In most cases, however, speaking directly with police will significantly impair your ability to present the best possible defense. In short, do not speak to anyone about criminal allegations for which you could be a target. For more information, see You Have The Right to Remain Silent. Use It!
Have You Been Arrested?
If you are arrested, remember that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Everything you say WILL be used against you. Police will often promise better or special treatment if you will cooperate and speak freely. But you must understand: police have no legal authority to make agreements that bind prosecutors. Therefore, they cannot make things better for you after charges are filed. An investigator may also suggest that an innocent person has nothing to hide and therefore does not need a lawyer. Don’t fall for that one, either. You have the right to remain silent—innocent or guilty. Again, do not speak to law enforcement authorities without a criminal defense lawyer present.
How Can You Help Your Attorney?
We all understand that you hire a defense attorney to help you through a tough situation. It may therefore seem counter-intuitive that you have a duty to help your attorney. However, the direction your case will take is often determined by the steps you take on your own. Whether it is what occurs at arrest or in preparing your case, there is a lot you can do to positively (or negatively) influence your chances of success. For a list of great ways you can help your own case, see How to Help Your Criminal Defense Attorney Defend You.
What Should You Wear to Court?
In planning for a court appearance in a criminal case, many defendants overlook one crucial aspect of preparation—what to wear. You only have one opportunity to make a first impression on the judge, prosecutor, and any jurors. Take advantage of that opportunity by following the simple do’s and don’ts in dressing for court laid out in Dress the Part: What to Wear to Court.
Our Criminal Lawyers
Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys in Northern Virginia. The size and resources of our firm allow us to offer a comprehensive, aggressive defense to each client. Our attorneys are supported by a team of paralegals and law clerks. We also have a network of private investigators and forensic experts at our disposal.
Our criminal attorneys are experienced in defending clients against every type of charge in Virginia, from serious felonies to misdemeanors and traffic violations:
Alcohol offenses, including drunk driving (DUI, DWI), underage possession of alcohol, drinking in public, and public intoxication;
Drug charges, including distribution, simple possession, and possession with the intent to distribute;
White collar crimes, including bribery, fraud, embezzlement, credit card theft, identity theft, forgery and money laundering;
Sex crimes, including sexual assault, rape, sexual battery, indecent liberties, exposure, prostitution, carnal knowledge and other sexual offenses;
Juvenile crimes, including possession of drugs, alcohol or a deadly weapon, underage DUI, assault, vandalism, curfew violations, theft and other juvenile offenses;
Weapons charges, including shooting into an occupied dwelling or vehicle, discharging a firearm in a public place, possession of an illegally altered gun and discharging a firearm from a vehicle;
Property crimes, including trespassing, breaking and entering, burglary, vandalism, destruction of property and arson;
Federal crimes, including drug charges, violent crimes, RICO offenses, money laundering, public corruption and white collar offenses.
If you have been charged with a crime in Northern Virginia, be sure to read our client reviews, then review the profiles of each of our defense attorneys to find the one who is the best fit for you. Then, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced defense attorneys today. Each of our offices are open Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:30 pm; during off-hours please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.