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Office of Commonwealth's Attorney

Under Virginia law, the Commonwealth’s Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of felonies which occur in Washington County. Additionally, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has elected to provide our citizens and our Courts additional services by also prosecuting misdemeanors occurring in Washington County. The office is conveniently located in the County Courthouse. The Commonwealth’s Attorney is elected at-large for a four year term and presently employs a staff of eleven, including four Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys.

It is the policy of the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney to aggressively prosecute criminal offenses and to seek sentences that ensure the public safety. The Commonwealth’s Attorney and his assistants seek fair and equitable treatment for victims and witnesses, including restitution in appropriate cases.

The staff of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney take great pride in serving the public.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Immediately contact the appropriate law enforcement agency. Preserve any evidence for collection by the responding deputies or officers and give them the names of all witnesses. If you need additional services, contact the Washington County Victim/Witness Assistance Program at (276) 676-4200. You may also call to speak with a prosecutor at (276) 676-6291 or come by to discuss your case.

Make a note of the time and date and be sure to appear. We cannot help you unless you are in Court. If you have a problem with the Court date call the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney at (276) 676-6291.

No. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney has jurisdiction only in criminal cases, that is, cases in which the defendant potentially could receive a punishment such as imprisonment or a fine. We do, however, seek restitution where appropriate.

No. We have an open-door policy. However, the Commonwealth’s Attorney and his Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys are in Court nearly every day, so it is best to call ahead.