Wise County & City of Norton Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Commonwealth Attorney

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of questions that our office receives on a daily basis. We hope the list below helps you to answer some of these questions prior to contacting us. Of course, if you can't find your answer here, please contact us during normal business hours!

  1. Should I call the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney to report a crime?
  2. Whom does the Commonwealth Attorney Represent?
  3. What does the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney do?
  4. If I am the victim in a crime may I choose not to prosecute?
  5. Can the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office help me with my divorce case?

Should I call the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney to report a crime?

No. If there is a crime in progress or you believe someone to be in danger you should call 911. If no one is in immediate danger you should call the Police Department for your town, city or county. Their numbers are:

Norton Police Department - (276) 679 - 1211
Wise County Sheriff - (276) 328 - 3566
Pound Police Department - (276) 796 -5747
Wise Police Department - (276) 328 - 9046
Appalachia Police Department - (276) 565 - 3900
Coeburn Police Department - (276) 395 - 2111
Big Stone Gap Police Department - (276) 523 - 0117

Whom does the Commonwealth Attorney Represent?

The Office of the Commonwealth Attorney represents the citizens of the City of Norton and Wise County.

What does the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney do?

The attorneys in the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney prosecute felony crimes which occur in Wise County or the City of Norton. These crimes generally fall into three groups: violent crimes, drug crimes, and thefts.

A Commonwealth Attorney may also choose to prosecute misdemeanor crimes. It has been Mr. Elkins' policy to provide attorneys to prosecute the misdemeanors which happen in Wise County.

If I am the victim in a crime may I choose not to prosecute?

No. The decision as to whether someone should be prosecuted is made by the prosecutor involved in the case. While a victim's desires will be given serious consideration, the prosecutor will look at all the circumstances and evidence before he makes the decision to prosecute or not.

Can the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office help me with my divorce case?

Unfortunately, no. The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office (CWA) cannot assist you in divorce proceeding, such as child custody, etc.... The CWA only has the power to prosecute criminal case that arise in Wise County and the City of Norton. Divorce cases and child custody cases are civil in nature, and the CWA is forbidden from assisting.