Commonwealth's Attorney


This office provides services which support victims and witnesses and prosecutes felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in:

  • Winchester Circuit Court
  • Winchester General District Court
  • Winchester Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court


Marc Abrams is the elected Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Winchester, VA. is an elected, constitutional, law enforcement official, independent in his duties from both City and State. His office consists of a full-time Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, five Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys, various paralegals and office staff, and a Victim Witness Director and Assistant Director.

FOIA Attorney: Heather Hovermale 

U-VISA & T-VISA Contact: Michelle Mills

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I talk to a Commonwealth's Attorney about my criminal charges?

A. If you have an attorney representing you, then VA Ethical Rules do not permit prosecutors to discuss criminal charges with a defendant. However, if you are not represented, then you can discuss your case with the prosecuting attorney.

Q. Can the Commonwealth's Attorney give me advice about my divorce, child custody battle or an estate issue?

A. No, the Commonwealth's Attorney represents the Commonwealth of Virginia by prosecuting criminal matters. Contact VA Lawyer Referral Service with the State Bar at 804-775-0808.

Q. I want to press charges against someone, or I think I may have been criminally wronged, can the Commonwealth's Attorney help me?

A. All potential criminal matter should be thoroughly investigated by the Police Department. Contact the non-emergency number (540-662-4131) to be referred to an officer who can obtain all the evidence.

Q. I want to get my gun rights or my driving privileges restored, can the Commonwealth's Attorney guide me?

A. No. Please start by completing the appropriate petition with the Winchester Circuit Court Clerk's Office (city residents only). Those petitions and other civil forms can be found online. After the petition is filed, you or your lawyer may contact the Commonwealth's Attorney to schedule your hearing.

Q. I am a witness in a criminal matter, can I speak with the prosecutor assigned to the case?

A. Yes. Feel free to call and discuss the case and what is expected of you as a witness.

Victim/Witness Program

The Winchester Victim/Witness Program is here to provide you with support and information. Either through direct services or referrals the program is designed to assist you during the various steps of the case. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Victim/Witness Program at (540) 722-7940.

Victim Resources   Victim/Witness Program

As Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Winchester, I am concerned that the victims and witnesses of crime are treated fairly and are respected throughout the criminal justice process. There will be times when the experience may be disruptive and frustrating to you. When you are a victim or witness your assistance and testimony are important. We need your help.

Marc AbramsMarc Abrams
Commonwealth's Attorney

21 S. Kent Street, Suite 200
Winchester, VA. 22601

(540) 722-7940
Fax (540) 665-9087