Highland County VA District Attorney Office

Find Highland County, Virginia district attorney offices, including DA, county, prosecuting, state, and commonwealth attorneys. District attorneys provide information on criminal court cases, public safety, legal cases, and law documents.

Highland County Commonwealth's Attorney PO Box 309 Monterey VA 24465 540-468-2600

About Highland County District Attorney

The Highland County District Attorney is an attorney who prosecutes criminal cases for the government in Highland County, VA. The District Attorney is part of the Department of Justice and heads the Highland County Prosecutor's Office, staffed with multiple attorneys who act on behalf of the District Attorney. District Attorneys in Highland County 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 Highland County DA's Office.

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

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

Criminal Prosecutions

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

Highland County Grand Jury

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

Jury Selections & Sentencing

For cases that go to trial in Highland County, the District Attorney, along with the Highland County 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 Highland County 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.