Criminal Lawyers in Northern Virginia
The highly-rated criminal defense lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients across Northern Virginia. Our attorneys are experienced in defending clients against every type of charge, from serious felonies to misdemeanors and traffic violations:
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;
Traffic violations, including reckless driving, driving on a revoked or suspended license, texting while driving, speeding, aggressive driving, and other traffic offenses;
Alcohol offenses, including drunk driving (DUI, DWI), underage possession of alcohol, drinking in public, and public intoxication;
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; and
Federal crimes, including drug charges, violent crimes, RICO offenses, money laundering, public corruption and white collar offenses.
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, our defense attorneys 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.
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. If you have been charged with a crime in Northern Virginia, we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should You Talk to the Police?
Whether you have been arrested or are merely under investigation, you should refuse to answer any questions when questioned by law enforcement officials. 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.
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.
For more information, see You Have The Right to Remain Silent. Use It!
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 Defense Attorneys
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:
Ben Griffitts is the lead criminal defense lawyer at Livesay & Myers, P.C. A 2004 graduate of George Mason University School of Law, he has over a decade’s experience handling every type of criminal matter in the courts of Northern Virginia—from serious felonies, violent crimes and drug charges to misdemeanors, DUI and traffic cases. Mr. Griffitts is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Prince William County Bar Association and National College for DUI Defense. In 2012, he was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Griffitts currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo.
Fernando Villarroel is an associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively criminal defense. He is experienced in handling every type of criminal matter in Virginia, from serious felonies, violent crimes, and drug charges to traffic and misdemeanor cases. Mr. Villarroel earned his law degree from American University after completing his undergraduate degree at George Mason University. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a judicial law clerk for three judges in the Arlington County Circuit Court. Mr. Villarroel works in the firm’s Manassas office, and represents clients all across Prince William County and Northern Virginia.
Free Consultation. If you have been charged with a crime in Northern Virginia, 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.