Livesay & Myers, P.C. opened its first office in Woodbridge, Virginia in March 2003. The firm has grown steadily since, and now encompasses a team of 12 lawyers plus paralegals across offices in Fredericksburg, Fairfax and Manassas, Virginia. The current size and resources of the firm allow us to meet all our clients' legal needs. Our goal is to establish personal relationships with our clients, and to be there for them each time they need an attorney.Example cases
I handle all types of criminal cases ranging from felonies to misdemeanors. I also handle traffic offenses for people who need to avoid adding a conviction for a traffic offense to their driving record due to special requirements related to their employment, like holding a CDL license. The majority of the cases I handle are felonies, and a large portion of the felony matters I handle are sex offenses ranging from forcible sexual assaults such as rape, child molestation and electronic solicitation cases. I have been successful in jury trials of forcible sexual assaults where the alleged victim gave a false account and I have been successful in placing my clients in a good position for sentencing through the use of expert witnesses and presentation of mitigating evidence when the commonwealth's evidence against the client is overwhelming.
With construction disputes, I have represented and consulted with general contractors, sub-contractors and homeowners. I have offered my services in a number of venues such as before the General District Courts for warrant in debts, the Circuit Courts and the American Arbitration Association. I have also offered my services in areas such as the incorporation or formation of LLC's for various construction related businesses. I have drafted and provided base contracts for construction related businesses.
Initial consultations for criminal cases are free. The initial consultation for a construction case is $250 or a one-hour meeting, wherein I would provide a plan to meet the goals of the client.
For criminal cases there are no fixed prices. Each case is reviewed with the potential client for a determination of the complexity of the case and the specific needs of the client in order to determine a fair and appropriate price. Once that is determined, the client is offered a flat fee for representation. Depending on the fee, there are sometimes options for breaking up the fee into payments, but this is not offered in every case.
Misdemeanor cases generally range from $1,200 and up depending on the number of charges and the type of charge. For felony cases, including probation revocation or violation hearings, the fee would likely start at $2,000 and might be higher based on the type and number of felony charges. Traffic cases start at $850.
With regards to construction cases, clients are required to deposit $2,500 as a retainer and I bill at $250 per hour. Clients are provided with two statements per month and are required to maintain a minimum balance of $2,000 in their trust account. The retainer may increase depending on the complexity or nature of the case.
$250 per hour which is subject to increase over time.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Other hours by appointment.
I chose criminal law primarily because I have an innate passion for defense work. I enjoy the fast pace of the practice and also enjoy that the law constantly changes and presents new challenges.
It is dangerous for a client to educate themselves with regards to a legal issue. Unfortunately, the law is dense and often difficult to understand. Furthermore, it appears that in many cases clients often have difficulty comparing their case validly to another case or have difficulty in understanding how different jurisdictions may treat their case. This is especially true in criminal cases since different jurisdictions may prosecute certain criminal acts more aggressively. In order to ensure that clients are aware of the law that applies to their case, the legal proceedings, and any jurisdictional differences it is necessary for clients to work closely with an attorney who is not only familiar with the law, but also familiar with the judges and attorneys practicing in a specific jurisdiction. Clients should only educate themselves about particular legal issues with the assistance of an attorney.
I am always willing to work closely with a client who may wish to prepare a draft for my review. In my practice, I typically prepare the draft after taking into account the specific concerns of the client and our goals. I review that document with my client to ensure that he or she both understands and agrees with the document.
Because I represent mostly clients who have been charged with a criminal offense, I never recommend for people facing a loss of their liberty to represent themselves. For a client with a construction issue, I still would not be comfortable providing coaching advice for a client who wanted to represent him or herself.
I was previously employed as a contract attorney working at McGuireWoods in Richmond, Virginia, from June 2006 until December 2006. Prior to that, I was a criminal defense attorney in a small firm in Maryland, which served clients throughout the state of Maryland, northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. It was in Maryland that I also began practicing in the area of construction litigation, beginning with my first case which was heard over a three week period before the American Arbitration Association.
As a criminal attorney handling a number of sexual-based felonies, I definitely excel because of my background in psychology. While in law school, I worked towards obtaining my master's degree in clinical psychology. Much of the training I received allows me to communicate with expert witnesses who are necessary for the defense of my clients or who become necessary for mitigation in sentencing proceedings. Because of my background, I tend to not only focus on the charges and criminal representation, but also focus on how to ensure that my clients are not in a similar situation in the future.
As an attorney fighting to attain the best results for my clients, my strengths lie in my relationships with the attorneys in the Commonwealth Attorney's Office and with the clerks who have a great deal of influence on the ease with which a matter is brought to final resolution. I am also very forthcoming with my clients regarding their likelihood of success, and am always willing to explain the procedures and laws affecting their case as many times as necessary. I provide a great deal of personal attention to each client and his or her case. I strive to ensure that my clients always have a complete understanding of what is in their best interest.
With regards to my personal style, I am aggressive in court but always professional.
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