DEMOCRAT – COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY ELECT
ARLINGTON COUNTY & CITY OF FALLS CHURCH
What is a Commonwealth’s Attorney?
The Commonwealth’s Attorney is the top prosecutor for Arlington and the City of Falls Church, and is responsible for,
- Making policies and sets priorities as to which crimes are prosecuted. Like most jurisdictions, Virginia’s criminal code categorizes an immense number of acts as crimes including, among other things, adultery, cursing a person in public, and defacing the flag of the Commonwealth. The job of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is to focus on serious crimes that threaten the safety of the public and compromise the welfare of the community and its members.
- Managing the office and engaging with community stakeholders. As the chief supervisor of the office, the Commonwealth’s Attorney not only determines how staff functions and how caseloads are assigned, but also decides whether and how the office collects data on charging and sentencing decisions and whether and how that data is shared with the public.
- Serving as an expert advocate for reform locally and in Richmond. We have reached a turning point in criminal justice when across the political spectrum, we now get that the punitive, War on Drugs model cannot be sustained. The Commonwealth’s Attorney possesses a powerful voice that can be used to lobby for reform in Richmond and bring stakeholders together to achieve meaningful change locally.