Jonathan D. Esten is an experienced litigator who has helped thousands of clients... more
Jonathan D. Esten is an experienced litigator who has helped thousands of clients litigate matters ranging from personal injury to murder and taught trial skills at courses for lawyers from across Virginia. Mr. Esten has vast trial experience, has argued cases to the Supreme Court of Virginia, and argued before the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Having served as a public school teacher, Mr. Este... view profile
Anna Lindemann is a criminal lawyer at Livesay & Myers. She handles every type of... more
Anna Lindemann is a criminal lawyer at Livesay & Myers. She handles every type of criminal and traffic matter in the courts of Northern Virginia, with an emphasis on trial practice. Ms. Lindemann is a frequent contributor to the Livesay & Myers Blog, writing extensively in the areas of criminal procedure and evidence, sex crimes case, and drug cases.
A violent crime occurs when a person uses (or threatens to use) violence to harm another person, including rape, assault, and murder. The penalties for violent crimes are stiff; conviction almost always carries substantial jail time. If you are accused of a violent crime, you need an attorney with experience defending others in that particular crime, one who will understand how to best defend you based on your facts and circumstances. Sometimes the government will offer a “plea bargain,” meaning they will drop or lower the charges if you agree to a lesser crime. A violent crime lawyer will be able to evaluate the government's case and the terms of the bargain to suggest how to proceed in your best interests.