Manassas & Fairfax Criminal Lawyers
From offices in Manassas, Fredericksburg and Fairfax, Virginia, the criminal defense attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in Manassas, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Alexandria, Arlington, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford and 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. Whatever charges you are facing, you can rely on our attorneys to guide you through the treacherous terrain of the criminal justice system—and fight for you every step of the way.
Our criminal lawyers are experienced in defending clients against every type of charge in Virginia, from serious felonies to misdemeanors:
Drug Charges. Our attorneys have years of experience in aggressively defending clients against every type of drug charge in Virginia, including charges of distribution, simple possession, and possession with the intent to distribute. The penalties for these charges vary by drug type, the amount sold or possessed, and whether it is a first or subsequent offense—but in general are quite high. Also, many of these offenses have mandatory minimums, giving judges little discretion on sentencing. Simply put, conviction on drug charges can be devastating. Therefore, it is critical that anyone facing drug charges in Virginia hire an experienced criminal attorney as early as possible in the process.
Traffic & DUI. The maximum punishments for DUI, DWI, reckless driving, and driving on a revoked or suspended license in Virginia are quite harsh. In addition, conviction on these charges could impact one’s career, security clearance and insurance costs. The stakes are too high in these cases for you not to be represented by experienced attorneys. Our lawyers have years of experience in aggressively defending clients charged with DUI, DWI and other traffic law offenses in Northern Virginia.
Sex Crimes. The maximum punishments for sex crimes in Virginia are quite high, and often include mandatory minimum sentences. It is critical that anyone being investigated or charged with a sex crime contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Our attorneys are widely known across Virginia for their skilled and aggressive defense of clients against sex offense charges.
Other Offenses. Our criminal defense lawyers also handle charges of assault and battery, domestic violence, malicious or unlawful wounding, robbery and other violent crimes, as well as non-violent offenses like larceny and embezzlement.
Federal Criminal Charges. The federal criminal system is harsh, severe and dangerous. These cases require special attention and an aggressive approach. Our attorneys are experienced in defending against every sort of charge in the federal system, including: drug charges, RICO offenses, money laundering, public corruption, violent crimes and white collar offenses. The structure and resources of our firm, combined with the aggressive approach of our attorneys, can lay the groundwork for making the best possible defense against federal criminal charges.
Juvenile Crimes. Juveniles who are found delinquent of criminal acts in Virginia face serious consequences, ranging from probation to commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice. It is imperative that juveniles facing criminal charges are represented by experienced attorneys ready to aggressively defend their rights and their future. Our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience in the Virginia juvenile justice system—they know what steps need to be taken to best defend the interests of your child.
Appeals. The right to appeal an unfavorable or unjust ruling in a criminal case is at the heart of our criminal justice system. The criminal defense lawyers at Livesay & Myers are experienced both in appeals from district courts to circuit courts, and from circuit courts to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Our attorneys can represent you on appeal not only in cases where we represented you at trial, but also where you were unrepresented or represented by another attorney.
The Criminal Process in Virginia
Being charged with a crime is, for almost anyone, a nerve-racking experience. If you are being investigated or have already been charged with a crime in Virginia, the first thing you should do is refuse to speak to the authorities without an attorney present. Then of course you will want to find an attorney as soon as possible. Finally, you should do a little research both as to the particulars of the criminal charges you are facing, and as to the overall criminal process in Virginia.
To help you on that last point, here is a guide through the five steps of the judicial process in Virginia, and what to expect from a good criminal defense attorney throughout each stage:
Step 1: Initial Investigation. The best criminal lawyers usually advise clients to remain silent 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. Do not speak to the police without a criminal attorney present.
Step 2: Arrest. 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 lawyer present.
Step 3: Negotiation. After being charged, depending on the jurisdiction and your record, the prosecutors may be willing to offer a “plea-bargain.” In some cases, a plea-bargain with favorable terms may offer an attractive alternative to going to trial and risking a bad result. A good criminal attorney will negotiate aggressively on your behalf to extract the best possible deal from the prosecutors. However, if an attractive plea-bargain is not offered, that same criminal attorney should be ready and willing to represent you at trial.
Step 4: Trial. For cases that go to trial, this is obviously the most important step in the proceedings. The best criminal lawyers prepare for each case as if it will go to trial, and aggressively pursue every possible avenue of defense for their clients. The key here 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.
Step 5: Appeal. Even the best criminal lawyer cannot guarantee success at trial 100% of the time. The right to appeal an unfavorable result is fundamental to the fairness of the system, allowing for correction of errors by the trial court. The best criminal attorneys can represent you on appeal not only in cases where they represented you at trial, but also where you were unrepresented or represented by another attorney.
Our Criminal Lawyers
Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of experienced criminal lawyers and traffic 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. Be sure to review the profiles of each of our criminal defense lawyers to find the one who is the best fit for you:
Attorney Ben Griffitts has over a decade’s experience handling every type of criminal matter in the courts of Northern Virginia—from serious felonies, violent crimes, white collar crimes and drug charges to misdemeanors, DUI and traffic cases. Mr. Griffitts is the author of numerous articles on Virginia criminal law topics.
Attorney Eugene Oliver is a former prosecutor who now defends clients against every type of criminal charge in Virginia. Having practiced now on both sides of the courtroom, he has gained valuable knowledge as to government tactics—and knows where to look for faults in the evidence and weaknesses in the government’s case.
Attorney Anna Lindemann defends clients against every type of criminal charge in Virginia, with a special focus on serious felonies including sex crimes, violent crimes and drug charges. Ms. Lindemann has earned a reputation as one of the most formidable trial lawyers in the firm for her skills in the courtroom.
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.