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Attorney General of Virginia

Criminal Justice & Public Safety Division

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division is staffed by appellate and trial attorneys who practice in both state and federal courts representing the Commonwealth’s interest in criminal justice and public safety matters. Criminally, these attorneys handle cases pursuant to the Attorney General’s original criminal jurisdiction; when original jurisdiction is provided by law; pursuant to concurrent criminal jurisdiction with Commonwealth’s Attorneys, when concurrent criminal jurisdiction is provided by law; on appeal; and pursuant to requests for assistance from local prosecutors and offers of assistance to local prosecutors. The Division also works cooperatively with the U. S. Attorney’s Office in federal districts in Virginia, and prosecutors in the division appear in federal court as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs). The Division consists of six teams of lawyers and subject matter experts in the areas of Electronic Crimes (“eCrimes”), Correctional Litigation, Criminal Appeals, Major Crimes and Emerging Threats, Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse and Sexually Violent Predators.

Attorney General prosecutors are experienced trial attorneys with a strong track record in both state and federal court. This agency is expert in prosecuting major violent crimes such as murder, child pornography and other internet crimes involving children, sexual predators, public corruption and Medicaid fraud, and in handling complex correctional litigation.



Criminal Appeals


Health Care Fraud & Elder Abuse


Major Crimes & Emerging Threats


Correctional Litigation


Computer Crimes


Sexually Violent Predators Civil Commitment


Tobacco Enforcement


Deputy Attorney General:
Criminal Justice & Public Safety Division

picture of Deputy AG Scott Miles


K. Scott Miles serves as the Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Division. Prior to his appointment in December 2020, he served in the Capital Defender’s Office for Central Virginia, the Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, private practice, the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Richmond Public Defender’s Office, Piedmont Legal Services, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.