Posted by anonymous
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
Posted by Gary
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!!
Posted by anonymous
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.
Posted by James
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.
Posted by Rob
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.
Posted by Scott
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.
Posted by anonymous
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 Andrew
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
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 ;)
Posted by Nicholas
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!