Virginia District Attorneys

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A Virginia Commonwealth Attorney is the prosecuting officer of a criminal case (i.e., the official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminal offenses). Other states call them district attorneys (or "D.A.s"), but they serve the same functions. The following information will get you up to speed on the work of prosecutors, with a directory of Virginia Commonwealth Attorneys by county.

What Does the Prosecutor Do?

It's the prosecutor's job to work closely with law enforcement in collecting evidence against a criminal defendant and getting it admitted at trial. After all, there are times when evidence is unlawfully collected (or improperly handled along the chain of custody) and, while it may be harmful to a defendant's case, it could ultimately be barred from trial. However, this is not an automatic process and will usually require the assistance of a criminal defense attorney.

If you're a criminal defendant, you should always remember that it's not the job of a prosecutor to protect your rights. In the adversarial system that exists in the American criminal justice system, it's up to you, and your defense attorney, to ensure that your rights are protected.

Virginia Attorney General

The Attorney General's office represents the state in litigation and also advocates on behalf of Virginia residents.

When It Makes Sense to Speak with the Prosecutor

Still, there may be times when you (or your attorney) will want to enter into discussions with the prosecution. After all, you may be able to resolve your case before trial by obtaining a plea bargain, typically resulting in reduced charges or penalties. However, they're tricky and you need to make sure that what you communicate won't come back to hurt you if you later need to go to trial. Because of that, it's always recommended that your communications to the prosecution go through an experienced defense attorney.

Virginia Commonwealth Attorneys by County

Below are links to Virginia's Commonwealth Attorneys, arranged by county, as well as city attorneys.

Accomack County

Patrick County

Albemarle County

Pittsylvania County

Alleghany County

Powhatan County

Amelia County

Prince Edward County

Amherst County

Prince George County

Appomattox County

Prince William County

Arlington County

Pulaski County

Augusta County

Rappahannock County

Bath County

Richmond County

Bedford County

Roanoke County

Bland County

Rockbridge County

Botetourt County

Rockingham County

Brunswick County

Russell County

Buchanan County

Scott County

Buckingham County

Shenandoah County

Campbell County

Smyth County

Caroline County

Southampton County

Carroll County

Spotsylvania County

Charles City County

Stafford County

Charlotte County

Surry County

Chesterfield County

Sussex County

Clarke County

Tazewell County

Craig County

Warren County

Culpeper County

Washington County

Cumberland County

Westmoreland County

Dickenson County

Wise County

Dinwiddie County

Wythe County

Essex County

York County

Fairfax County

City of Alexandria

Fauquier County

City of Bedford

Floyd County

City of Bristol

Fluvanna County

City of Buena Vista

Franklin County

City of Charlottesville

Frederick County

City of Chesapeake

Giles County

City of Colonial Heights

Gloucester County

City of Covington

Goochland County

City of Danville

Grayson County

City of Emporia

Greene County

City of Fairfax

Greensville County

City of Falls Church

Halifax County

City of Franklin

Hanover County

City of Fredericksburg

Henrico County

City of Galax

Henry County

City of Hampton

Highland County

City of Harrisonburg

Isle of Wight County

City of Hopewell

James City County

City of Lexington

King & Queen County

City of Lynchburg

King George County

City of Manassas

King William County

City of Manassas Park

Lancaster County

City of Martinsville

Lee County

City of Newport News

Loudoun County

City of Norfolk

Louisa County

City of Norton

Lunenburg County

City of Petersburg

Madison County

City of Poquoson

Mathews County

City of Portsmouth

Mecklenburg County

City of Radford

Middlesex County

City of Richmond

Montgomery County

City of Roanoke

Nelson County

City of Salem

New Kent County

City of Staunton

Northampton County

City of Suffolk

Northumberland County

City of Virginia Beach

Nottoway County

City of Waynesboro

Orange County

City of Williamsburg

Page County

City of Winchester

Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.

Get a Handle on Your Criminal Case: Contact a Lawyer

As you can see, it's critical to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side if you're ever facing criminal charges. Prosecutors sometimes may seem like they're approachable, but their job is not to protect you, it's to prosecute you. If you're facing criminal charges or may be facing them in the future, there are defense attorneys in your area who can help you understand the charges against you and craft a winning defense strategy.

Next Steps

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