Management Leadership & Support Team
This team is comprised of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the two Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys, the Executive Legal Assistant to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Paralegal for the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys, the Administrative Support Group, the Public Information Officer, Technology Manager, and the Business Application Specialist. The team provides administration and management support for the entire organization.
Community Prosecution Teams
We have four community prosecution teams and a juvenile prosecution team. Our prosecution teams are aligned with each of the four police precincts within the city. The members of the community prosecution teams take an active role in the community and work closely with their respective police precincts. The team members make presentations to various civic leagues, speak at local high schools on the issue of guns and violence in schools, and attend other civic gatherings. Each community prosecution team is comprised of a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, several Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys and three to four paralegals. Community prosecution teams prosecute all felonies (with the exception of cases falling under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court) that are committed in the areas of the city covered by their precinct of the Police Department. All teams also handle thousands of misdemeanor appeals per year.
Juvenile Prosecution Team
The juvenile prosecution team is comprised of a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, several Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys and three to four Paralegals. The team is responsible for prosecuting all felonies, and accompanying misdemeanors, committed by or against juveniles. These crimes range from drug offenses to sexual molestation to property crimes to capital murder. This team also prosecutes over 2,000 domestic violence cases per year. This team appears in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and in Circuit Court. This team is focused on the juvenile offender and the juvenile victim. Emphasis is placed on development of expertise in the field of juvenile justice.
DUI Prosecution Team
The DUI Prosecution Team prosecutes felony traffic and all DUI cases. Having a team devoted to these types of crimes allows prosecutors to become much more skilled in combating the very serious crime of driving while under the influence.
Prosecution Support Team
The prosecution support team is comprised of a Supervisor and several Legal Docket Clerks, Legal Information Clerks, and Clerks. This team greets the public, handles incoming phone calls, and distributes the mail. They create all files, ensuring that criminal records and police reports are available. They research prior criminal records and request certified copies of previous convictions. The team coordinates Grand Jury, monthly Docket Call and is responsible for the docket management for Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, General District Court, and Circuit Court. The team also maintains archives of all closed files and records.
Criminal Investigation Team
The criminal investigation team is comprised of four Legal Investigators. They provide investigative support to all of the prosecution teams. Services provided include location of missing witnesses and witness interviews. Investigators do follow-up investigations to police cases as well as a limited number of original investigations.
The Victim-Witness Program has nine Caseworkers, one Clerk and one Office Assistant overseen by a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney.The Victim-Witness Program supports and aids crime victims, families, and witnesses throughout the court process, empowering witnesses to testify while complying with the Virginia Constitutional Crime Victims’ Bills of Rights and the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act. They provide needed services for victims and witnesses and cooperation in the investigation of the case and prosecution of the defendant. It is the Victim-Witness Program’s responsibility to ensure crime victims are advised of their rights and to assist them through the court process.