Criminal Attorneys in Northern Virginia
The highly-rated criminal defense lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in Fairfax, Manassas, Leesburg, Loudoun, Prince William, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania 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, 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.
Our Areas of Experience
Our attorneys are experienced in defending clients against every type of charge, from serious felonies to misdemeanors and traffic violations:
Violent crimes, including assault and battery, domestic violence, child abuse, malicious or unlawful wounding, kidnapping, robbery and carjacking;
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;
Theft crimes, including larceny, shoplifting, receiving stolen goods, robbery and burglary;
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 Defense Attorneys
Our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience handling every type of criminal and traffic matter in the courts of Northern Virginia:
Ben Griffitts is our senior criminal lawyer. 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.
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 works in the firm’s Manassas office, and represents clients all across Prince William County and Northern Virginia. He earned his law degree from American University after completing his undergraduate degree at George Mason University. Mr. Villarroel is fluent in Spanish.
If you have been charged with a crime in Northern Virginia, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced criminal lawyers 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.