Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

The Commonwealth’s Attorney, his deputy and assistants are responsible for prosecuting criminal cases (felonies and misdemeanors) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The attorneys in this office are responsible for assisting victims of any crime which occurs in the City of Charlottesville. There is no charge for services provided by this office.

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    Virginia Supreme Court Reinstitutes Ban on Skill Games

    As of October 13, 2023, enforcement of relevant provisions of law related to “skill games” will begin in the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle on January 1, 2024. Read on...
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    Commonwealth's Attorney: Keyes Verdict Announced

    A Charlottesville jury has convicted 38-year-old Tadashi Demetrius Keyes of first degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony on January 28, 2023. Read on...
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    Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices Commit to Improve Public Safety

    The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices and Central Virginia Community Justice will join the Vera Institute of Justice’s Reshaping Prosecution program to improve public safety and center racial equity through diversion and community engagement. Read on...
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    Commonwealth's Attorney: Use of Force Justified and Reasonable

    The Commonwealth's Attorney, Joseph Platania, issues the following statement and final report regarding an incident on February 28, 2023. Read on...
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