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Attorney General of Virginia

Major Crimes & Emerging Threats Section

The Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Section is the primary prosecutorial arm of the Office of the Attorney General. The Section has attorneys stationed in Richmond, Fairfax, Norfolk, Harrisonburg and Abingdon. Attorneys in the Section conduct criminal investigations, prosecutions and litigation, representing the Commonwealth and victims in both state and federal courts, in cases involving homicides, gangs, narcotics trafficking, identity theft and other major crimes.

They also participate in state Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Juries and state and federal task forces. In addition, its attorneys provide a range of legal services to state agency clients, including The Department of State Police, the Department of Forensic Science, the Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Office of the State Inspector General and other agencies on legal issues ranging from contract and policy review to day to day agency advice matters and handling administrative proceedings to litigation.

The Section also has three investigators that conduct investigations of financial and financial related crimes under the Virginia criminal code, including complex financial crimes cases such as money laundering, bank fraud, embezzlement, identity theft and other related crimes. These investigations are coordinated with local, state, and federal law enforcement and government agencies and task forces. In addition, they prepare evidence for prosecution and testify to such findings in state and federal courts as needed.


Michael A. Jagels

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Major Crimes & Emerging Threats Section

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219