What does a Commonwealth’s Attorney Do?
The Commonwealth’s Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer in Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. In most states, this position is called District Attorney, or in Maryland, State’s Attorney. Our office is responsible for prosecuting a full range of criminal cases and traffic violations, ranging from red light infractions to capital murder. We have a staff of 17 attorneys, 10 support staff, and 7 victim/witness specialists who work daily in all three levels of court: Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, preparing and prosecuting cases.
While the Virginia Constitution requires the Commonwealth’s Attorney to prosecute only felony offenses, our office also prosecutes misdemeanor cases, including domestic violence, drunk driving and assault and battery, to name a few. Our attorneys review and prepare their cases for trial or disposition and work closely with our victim/witness specialists to prepare victims and witnesses to appear in court and testify.
Our lawyers also regularly provide training to local law enforcement and serve as instructors on various topics, including the successful prosecution of cybercrime, domestic violence, sexual assaults and white collar fraud.