What does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office do?

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office prosecutes criminal offenses that occur in Gloucester County. Prosecutors in many states are called District Attorneys, Solicitors, and State's Attorneys. In Virginia, they are "Commonwealth's Attorneys." Each county and city in the Commonwealth of Virginia elects a Commonwealth's Attorney to prosecute criminal offenses that occur in that particular county or city.

There are two parties to a criminal case: the Commonwealth of Virginia and the person charged. In short, the Commonwealth accuses the defendant of committing a crime. Just as an accused has their own attorney, the Commonwealth has its attorney - the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Common examples of criminal cases in which the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office participates are: homicide, rape, robbery, narcotics distribution, burglary, DUI and domestic violence.

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1. What does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office do?
2. What does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office not do?
3. Will the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office prosecute my case?
4. Must I come to court?
5. Who do I contact regarding a criminal investigation?
6. Who will advocate my interests as a crime victim / witness?
7. Can I drop my charges?
8. Who is the Freedon of Information Act (FOIA) Officer?
9. I haven't reported the incident to law enforcement, can you still help me?
10. What rights do I have as a crime victim?
11. What is a Protective Order and do I need one?
12. What is a Victim Impact Statement?
13. I have medical bills after the crime. Is there help for me?
14. How can I find out if an offender is in custody?
15. What are the different stages of a criminal court case?