Chesapeake VA District Attorney Office

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Chesapeake County Commonwealth's Attorney 307 Albemarle Dr Ste 200A Chesapeake VA 23322 757-382-3200

About Chesapeake District Attorney

The Chesapeake District Attorney is an attorney who prosecutes criminal cases for the government in Chesapeake, VA. The District Attorney is part of the Department of Justice and heads the Chesapeake Prosecutor's Office, staffed with multiple attorneys who act on behalf of the District Attorney. District Attorneys in Chesapeake take a lead role in multiple phases of a criminal case and exercise a great deal of discretion in how a case is handled. District Attorneys may delegate certain cases, or aspects of cases, to other attorneys in the Chesapeake DA's Office.

You may contact the District Attorney for questions about:
  • Chesapeake public criminal records
  • Chesapeake Court records
  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Jury selection process in Chesapeake, VA
  • Grand jury proceedings
Chesapeake Criminal Records

The DA's Office maintains public records that may be available upon request. These records include Chesapeake criminal records such as arrest records, police reports, and Chesapeake Court records and filings.

Criminal Prosecutions

The Chesapeake District Attorney decides whether or not to prosecute an offender in Chesapeake, Virginia. The evidence provided by the Chesapeake Police Department, Chesapeake Sheriff's Department, or other Local Law Enforcement agency, may or may not be sufficient to move a case forward, and the Chesapeake DA's Office must evaluate the strength and admissibility of the available evidence before prosecuting the offender.

Chesapeake Grand Jury

The District Attorney is responsible for presenting evidence to the Chesapeake Grand Jury, which then decides whether or not there is probable cause for criminal charges. The Chesapeake DA also determines whether to offer or accept a plea bargain.

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Chesapeake, the District Attorney, along with the Chesapeake Public Defender's Office, will select a jury. After jury selection, the District Attorney makes opening statements, presents the government's case for conviction, and makes objections to the Defense Attorney's case. If the jury convicts the individual accused of breaking Virginia law, the Office of the Chesapeake DA makes recommendations for sentencing. If the jury finds the defendant not guilty, the District Attorney determines whether or not to appeal the case to a higher-level VA Court.