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H. Eugene Oliver III

Criminal defense Attorney at Harrisonburg, VA

4.6   14 reviews

also known as Eugene Oliver, H. Eugene Oliver, III


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About H. Eugene

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H. Eugene Oliver, III is a partner at Evans Oliver, PLC who focuses his practice on criminal defense, traffic matters, and custody/visitation cases.  Eugene is committed to providing zealous advocacy and high quality representation for all of his clients.  He focuses his practice on not only making the best legal arguments in court, but also on guiding you through the complex legal system and working with you to protect your interests.  

Eugene is a former prosecutor who now practices criminal defense, with extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom, ranging from violent crimes like first degree murder and robbery to major drug offenses to serious financial crimes. Having handled thousands of cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, he knows the ins and outs of criminal law practice throughout Virginia.  Eugene has been selected by his peers to serve on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the premier statewide organization of criminal defense attorneys.

Eugene is one of the few attorneys in the Shenandoah Valley who has been certified by the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission to serve as counsel on capital murder (death penalty) cases, in addition to being certified for felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile criminal cases.  He has participated in all stages of criminal cases from pre-trial investigations to appeal and is prepared to represent your interests zealously every step of the way. 

Eugene also has extensive experience handling traffic matters.  He has prosecuted thousands of traffic cases and now puts that experience to work for his clients.  He routinely defends clients accused of Driving Under the Influence, Driving on a Suspended License, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Eluding, Speeding and other traffic matters throughout the Shenandoah Valley.  He has successfully received reductions and dismissals for his clients in all types of traffic cases, through both trial and negotiation.

In addition to his criminal defense and traffic work, Eugene focuses his civil practice on juvenile matters, as both a Guardian ad Litem for children and representing parents in custody/visitation cases.  Eugene was counsel on the published decision of McMahon v. Wirick, 762 S.E.2d 781 (Va., 2014), an important decision regarding name changes of juveniles, where the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld his client’s victory in the trial court keeping the child’s birth name.

While based in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Mr. Oliver also actively represents clients in Augusta, Shenandoah, Page, Rockbridge, Albemarle, Highland, Bath, and Alleghany counties and the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville, Lexington, and Buena Vista in criminal, traffic, and custody/visitation matters. Additionally, Eugene is available to handle select matters across the Commonwealth of Virginia on a case by case basis.

Before joining Evans Law Group PLC in 2016, Eugene owned his own practice, Oliver Law, PLLC in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he represented clients in criminal defense, traffic, and family law matters.  Prior to moving to the Shenandoah Valley, Eugene was in private practice for five years in Northern Virginia.  Before those positions, he worked in the Attorney General’s office and as a prosecutor.

Eugene received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Board and a Senator for his class. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with degrees in History and Government. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Eugene lives in the City of Harrisonburg with his wife, Cody, and their two children.

Licensed for 14 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 06/08/2022
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Evans Oliver, PLC
217 S. Liberty Street
Suite 202
Harrisonburg, VA, 22801

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Eugene Oliver definitely went above and beyond
Eugene Oliver was my court appointed attorney. Judging by my previous experience with court appointed lawyers I figure he would be like the rest I've had and do the bare minimum. I was wrong he listened to my side, he didn't try to talk me into anything I didn't want to do. He was very straight forward. He went to work on my case and I couldn't have asked for better results. I did unfortunately have to serve a jail sentence... A very small jail sentence. 10 days when others in similar cases spent months. He went straight to work and I'm very happy he was appointed my attorney. I highly recommend Eugene Oliver to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney. Just read his resume it truly speaks for itself
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
I had a 87/55 RD charge while on vacation. Eugene answered all my questions, gave me solid advice to help my case, and represented me out-of-state. As a result, my charges were dropped to a speeding infraction of 74/55 and only paid a small fine with no misdemeanor on my record. He gave assuring council and professionally paved the way in court. Hire him already.
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Posted by James | March 1, 2016
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Quick and Efficient
I emailed several attorneys about my RD case. He emailed me back almost immediately (never heard back from the others). We did a quick phone consult and pretty much agreed on what needed to be done. He arranged to meet me at the court and all went as planned with a quick plea to a much lesser charge and a fine. He communicated and explained each step and listened to me then made his recommendations. I feel he is knowledgeable and familiar with options and represented my interests in the matter.
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Posted by Rob | December 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Had a relative who got a reckless driving speeding ticket in Winchester (Frederick County) VA. Mr. Oliver was very helpful in getting us to a fair resolution. My initial consultation was very informative and Mr. Oliver gave me a lot of information and advice before I had actually even hired him. From there, he had recommendations of things to do to mitigate the situation. Those recommendations definitely helped attain a better outcome. He also accurately laid out all options and walked us through the best way to proceed. He was always prepared, knew the system and how things worked in Frederick County and gave us excellent advice. Highly recommended
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Posted by Scott | December 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Above expectations
Mr. Oliver was able to get all 3 of my charges dismissed. Didn't even pay court fees! This by far exceeded expectations. Jenny, his assistant was on top of things from the start and both were very personable. Hire him!!!!
Posted by Andrew | November 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Reckless for Speeding
Eugene did a great job getting my violation brought down to a simple traffic ticket for speeding, saving me tons of money and aggravation. The entire process was very easy. I didn't even have to show up in court. Worth every penny I spent in his fees.
Posted by Germany | October 31, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer :))
Mr.Oliver was an excellent attorney for my case! from beginning to end his secretary kept in constant contact with me and made sure I understood everything that was going on.. ( even on court day). I would definitely use Mr.Oliver again anytime (hopefully I won't need to Lol). He was professional, courteous and knew exactly what he was doing! Thank you guys again ;)
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Posted by Nicholas | August 14, 2015
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Great team.
I was very impressed with Mr. Oliver and his team. They were very helpful in explaining the process, arranged a convenient telephone conference and appeared in court on my behalf. Their professionalism greatly reduced my anxiety about this serious traffic infraction and Mr. Oliver did a great job representing my interest, resulting in a reduced speeding violation. Thanks!
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2015
Excellent Attorney and Staff - Used for Family Member
I highly recommend H. Eugene Oliver III and his staff. A member of my family was in legal difficulty and landed in jail. I contacted Mr. Oliver's office and his staff member made an appointment for me to see him that day after hours. He was a good listener and went immediately into action, visiting the family member in jail, advising on how to work with the bail system to get him out. The case involved alleged violation of probation ordered by a court in another county. M. Oliver showed up at all hearings in both counties, gave a realistic assessment of possible outcomes from best (continued unsupervised probation) to worst (a year in jail), and succeeded in getting the best.
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Posted by Elizabeth | July 17, 2015
Driving issue
Mr. Oliver is an excellent attorney who is very knowledgeable. He gave us pertinent information, kept us informed and did not sugar-coat the situation, gave the good and the bad. In the end, it was all good. I highly recommend Mr. Oliver and if I need an attorney again, which I hope I don't, but if I do, I would hire him again.
Posted by Skylar | July 14, 2015
Positive Review
Mr. Oliver represented me with utmost knowledge and professionalism. For that, I am very grateful! Jenny was extremely helpful and quickly responded to all of my emails with enthusiasm and efficiency! I have had an overall great experience and thank both of you so much!!
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer
Mr. Oliver was a great help to my case. It was my first offense and Mr. Oliver got me a great deal regarding my case. I would recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2015
Highly recommend Mr. Oliver's services
I was very pleased with Mr. Oliver's very professional service. He spent a lot of time consulting with us for free and that is what made me choose him above other lawyers I contacted. He was knowledgeable, accommodating, and helped us navigate the law process to a successful outcome. I would highly recommend his services. I also especially enjoyed working with Jenny and found her to be extremely prompt, helpful and caring.
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Posted by Gary | October 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very Poor Advice
When my 20 1/2 year old daughter was charged with "illegal possession of alcohol" charge, i.e. under age drinking, a lawyer in the family highly recommended we hire a lawyer in the Harrisonburg area, as he/she will know the court judges, police officers, etc. and will make the best recommendations and perhaps negotiate a reduced penalty. We hired Mr. Oliver from the Evans Law Group after doing some research into who the best attorneys for handling the illegal possession charge (We learned that your body is considered a container, thus the 'illegal possession" charge.) I was surprised that Mr. Oliver recommended that we contest the charge, as my daughter was drinking and was stopped while walking back to her dorm with a friend, who also charged. However, Mr. Oliver thought we could win the case as my daughter did not admit to drinking nor did she take a breathalyzer test. All first time offenders are offered the chance to attend the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) where you can have your record cleared of an underage drinking conviction, which is a felony in Virginia. You're required to attend classes, and perform charity work for a minimum of 6 months, or possibly longer depending upon the charge(s). So instead of negotiating a reduced time period and/or fees, Mr. Oliver recommended that my daughter plead innocent. During the period between the initial court date and the trial, Mr. Oliver's only communication was his invoices. I had to call his office to find out what was going on. At the trial, the police office gave his account, saying my daughter 'reeked of alcohol' and saw her stumbling while she was walking. What was Mr. Oliver's defense argument? ... "Someone could have spilled alcohol on her"... that was it! I paid $1,000 for an argument a high school kid would have made. In fact, the police office wanted a more serious penalty... no admittance to the VASAP program, resulting in a felony conviction on my daughter's record. The judge did not like that my daughter pleaded not guilty and was trying to escape responsibility... Thanks for that poorly thought out recommendation, Mr. Oliver. She would have plead guilty and taken the VASAP first offender program if it wasn't for your recommendation that she contest the charge. Fortunately, the judge did not take away the VASAP first offender program offer, which my daughter is going through now. To wrap up this short story, I HIGHLY recommend you DO NOT hire Mr. Oliver. A complete waste of time and money!!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Evans Oliver, PLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Oliver Law, PLLC
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Senior Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, PC
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Senior Associate
  • Tully Rinckey, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wexell Milman
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office Of The Attorney General
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Mecklenburg County
  • 2008 - 2010
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Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • US ED Virginia - Impersonating Law Enforcement
  • Reduction to Non-Criminal Traffic Infraction
  • McMahon v. Wirick; Virginia Supreme Court - 762 S.E.2d 781 (Va., 2014)
  • Trial Court Affirmed in Published Decision
  • Fairfax Domestic Assault and Battery
  • Client found Not Guilty
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Associations

  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association
  • Secretary (2017-2018)
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Communications
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2015 Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 2015 Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 2014 Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 2013 Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
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Publications

  • The Champion (VACDL)
  • Restoration of Gun Rights - Virginia
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Attorney Eugene Oliver Interviewed About Jameis Winston Case
  • Jameis Winston Case
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (21)
Endorse H. Eugene
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Eugene Oliver is an outstanding defense attorney with experience in every type of criminal law matter in Virginia, from serious felonies, violent crimes, and drug charges to misdemeanors, DUI and traffic cases. Mr. Oliver is a knowledgeable and talented advocate for his clients both inside and outside the courtroom. I endorse him wholeheartedly to anyone in search of an excellent criminal defense attorney in Northern Virginia."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Eugene is a top notch member of the Livesay & Myers, P.C. criminal defense team. His prior experiences as a prosecutor give him an edge over many defense attorneys as he has a demonstrated ability to see and work a criminal case from both sides. He also has extensive and exceptional experience in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court as it relates to criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Highly respected in the legal community. Strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Oliver is highly knowledgeable about criminal matters in Northern Virginia. I endorse this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an experienced lawyer who zealously protects the rights of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Oliver is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Not only does Eugene's past work as a prosecutor give him invaluable experience, his passion for his clients makes him an attorney you want if you are facing criminal charges. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney for anyone in need of an exceptional criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I give Mr. Oliver my highest endorsement. He strives to provide quality legal services every day, and his clients always come first. He is experienced and knows the criminal justice system very well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eugene offers his clients the best defense money can buy. I give him my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"As others have mentioned, Eugene's past work as a prosecutor makes him uniquely qualified to serve as a criminal defense attorney. The Northern Virginia jurisdictions can be tough for any defendant to navigate, so finding the best advocate is key. Eugene is such an advocate: knowledgeable, dedicated, and hard-working. I endorse him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Eugene is knowledgeable, conscientious, and passionate in defense of his clients. His past experience as a prosecutor gives him a unique ability to approach cases that many other attorneys don't have."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eugene is my go-to guy when I have questions about child support. His experience from representing the Division of Child Support Enforcement is invaluable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this attorney without hesitation. I have worked with Mr. Oliver both as an opposing attorney and as a co-worker, and in both settings I have found him to be professional and attentive to the needs of his clients."
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