Livesay & Myers, P.C.

Aggressive Virginia Criminal & Traffic Defense Lawyer

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Firm Overview

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.

Main Office

Main
308 Wolfe Street
Fredericksburg  VA  22401

Phone
  • (540) 370-4140
  • (703) 865-4746
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

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.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

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.

Hourly Rates

$250 per hour which is subject to increase over time.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Other hours by appointment.

Office Manager

Dave Burks

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish.

Other Offices

  • Fairfax Office
    3975 University Dr #325
    Fairfax,  VA  22030
  • Manassas Office
    9408 Grant Ave #402
    Manassas,  VA  20110

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

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.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

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.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

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.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

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.

Ghislaine Storr Burks

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.

Personal interests:

I do not wish to publish any information regarding my personal interests.

License
  • Bar Number: 73456
    Virginia , 2006
  • Bar Number:
    Maryland , 2005
Education
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
    Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) , 2005
    Valparaiso, IN
    Executive Board Member of Moot Court Honor Society; Moot Court Honor Society Member (By Invitation Only); Finalist in Luther M. Swygert Memorial Moot Court Competition; Competitor in the Vanderbilt University National First Amendment Competition in Nashville, TN; Valparaiso University School of Law Mock Trial Team (Invitation Only); Executive Member, Chairperson of Interschool Competitions; Competitor in Association of Trial Lawyers of America Mock Trial Competition; Competitor in the National Trial Competition; Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Valparaiso Law School Community (2005).
    f. Focus/Accomplishments/Major (Family Law; Moot Court; Law Review):
    For accomplishments (see above). Focus in Moot Court, Mock Trial and Trial Advocacy.
    Also completed all criminal law courses available.
  • Kalamazoo College
    Bachelor of Arts , 2002
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Major in Psychology; Minor in Political Science.

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