My Path to Becoming your Commonwealth's Attorney
Earlier this year, when Chris Billias was appointed to a judgeship, I was sworn-in as the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington. Initially, I was hired as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2015 by Bucky Joyce. I was elevated to Chief Deputy in January of 2016. As Chief Deputy, I prosecuted many high-profile cases including several horrific child sexual abuse cases and most recently, a brutal murder. In my four years in the Rockbridge area, I established a solid reputation within the legal community for my professional conduct, my skills in the courtroom, my knowledge of the law, and my passion to see that justice is done.
I am a seasoned prosecutor. I have handled a broad range of offenses from serious felonies, such as shootings, stabbings, robberies, rapes, and even capital murder, to countless misdemeanors, like DUIs, trespassing, and domestic violence. There is little I have not seen.
But I have found the most rewarding cases to be those involving the truly innocent among us: our children. I have met with far too many kids and listened as they described unspeakable things. These types of cases require a special touch that not many prosecutors possess. I have that touch. I am proud to say that I have been quite successful in putting away sexual predators who would dare to offend “these little ones.”
Much of my experience came as I served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Danville for more than seven years. If you watch the local news at all, you know that it’s a pretty rough place. Danville’s crime rate is significantly higher than here in the Rockbridge area. While there, I was accustomed to trying case after case after case, day in and day out. As a result, I gained more trial experience in Danville than many trial lawyers do in their entire career. In short, I am not afraid to take a case to trial.
I am passionate about what I do as a prosecutor and why I do it. Throughout my career, I have met with countless men, women, and children who have suffered some of the most horrifying experiences you can imagine. It has been a great honor to stand by their side as they confronted their offenders in the courtroom and help bring them to justice. I truly believe I have found my life’s calling in working with victims of crime. I will continue to serve as your Commonwealth’s Attorney with passion, dedication, and integrity.
If I am elected, the people of Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington can be confident that your Commonwealth’s Attorney will have a:
- Strong voice for the impartial administration of justice;
- Strong voice for the principles of personal accountability and deterrence;
- Strong voice on behalf of victims of crime;
- Strong voice for the protection of our community;
- Strong voice in the courtroom;
- Strong voice during criminal investigations;
- Strong voice for multi-agency cooperation;
- Strong voice within our community; and
- Strong voice for the rule of law.
- Instructor – Rockbridge Area Crisis Intervention Team
- Instructor – Child First Training by the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Virginia
- Member – Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board
- Member – Valley Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP)
- Two-time President – Rockbridge/Buena Vista Bar Association
- Past President – Buena Vista Rotary Club