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Commonwealth's Attorney
The mission of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is to enhance public safety and welfare and create a sense of security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of criminal laws in a just, honest, compassionate, efficient and ethical manner.  The office works with every component of the criminal justice system and the community, to protect the innocent, to convict, rehabilitate and appropriately punish the guilty, and to protect the rights of victims and witnesses.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney has a strong focus on taking a pro-active stance to accomplishing these goals as well.
 
The Commonwealth’s Attorney is a Constitutional Officer elected to a four-year term.  While the Virginia Constitution lays out dozens of duties, the main role of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is to prosecute felony cases, which include murder, rape, robbery and other serious crimes.  In Surry County, the Commonwealth’s Attorney also prosecutes all misdemeanor cases and violations of local ordinances.  Additionally, the office contracts with the State Department of Taxation to collect unpaid fines and court costs from people convicted of felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses in the County.
 
The Commonwealth’s Attorney office participates in the Victim/Witness Program administered by the State Department of Criminal Justice Services.  The program provides assistance and services to victims of crimes and violence in the County.  The grant is fully funded by the State.