Commonwealth's Attorney of Bland County
The Commonwealth’s Attorney represents the people of Virginia in prosecuting criminal cases. The position is similar to that of the "District Attorney" in many other states. The Commonwealth’s Attorney, elected by the people to a four-year term, typically appoints one or more assistants to handle cases under his or her supervision.
All Commonwealth’s Attorneys prosecute the most serious crimes, known as felonies, including murder, rape, and robbery. In many jurisdictions, they also prosecute misdemeanors and violations of local ordinances, including traffic offenses.
In the largest counties and cities, Commonwealth’s Attorneys serve as full-time prosecutors. In some smaller localities, they are paid a part-time salary and may maintain a private practice.
Commonwealth’s Attorneys have numerous other duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Virginia Constitution and Virginia Code.