Commonwealth's Attorney's Office Case Assignments

In the Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, prosecutors specialize by the types of crime (for example; domestic assault, sexual assault, or burglary) the defendant is charged with. Some crime types such as larceny and traffic offenses are assigned in rotation.

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Effective January 25, 2021

Bryan Porter, Commonwealth's Attorney
The Commonwealth’s Attorney manages an office comprised of prosecutors, victim-witness advocates, and support staff.  He prosecutes homicides and felonious crimes against the administration of justice. Other matters under his purview include legal opinions, police internal affairs, the grand jury, and expungements.

Cathryn F. Evans, Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney 
Mental Health Initiative (MHI) Coordinator; Arson; Sex Offender Registration Offenses; Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney (OCA) Administration; case assignments; Involuntary Commitment Appeals; Electronic Evidence Order/Warrant Review; Cold Case point of contact.     

Special Victims Unit (SVU)

David A. Lord
, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney 
Special Victims Unit Supervisor
Alexandria Treatment Court (ATC) Coordinator; Extraditions & Interstate Detainer Actions; Electronic Evidence Order/Warrant Review; Conviction Integrity Review point of contact.  

Maana K. Parcham, Asst. Commonwealth' s Attorney  
Adult Sexual Assault; Burglaries; Electronic Evidence Order/Warrant Review.

Meredith M. Burke, Asst. Commonwealth' s Attorney  
Child Sexual Assault, Child Physical Abuse.

Sehrangez I. Blackburn, Asst. Commonwealth’ s Attorney
Domestic Violence Offenses & Offenses by Juveniles, appeals thereof.

Cassandra E. Sheehan, Asst. Commonwealth’ s Attorney
Domestic Violence Offenses & Offenses by Juveniles, appeals thereof. 

Violent Crimes Unit (VCU)

Jessica B. Smith, Supervisory Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney
Violent Crimes Unit Supervisor

Probation & Parole Violations Coordinator; Vehicular Manslaughter/Maiming (Crash Team Liaison); Out of State Witness Requests; Writs; Electronic Evidence Order/Warrant Review.  Malicious Woundings point of contact for law enforcement. 

Amanda B. Tassa, Sr. Asst. Commonwealth' s Attorney
Robberies; Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury (MJGJ); Electronic Evidence Order/Warrant Review; Substantial Risk (“Red Flag”) Orders. 

Robert Strange, Asst. Commonwealth' s Attorney  
Vice/Narcotics Offenses; Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury (MJGJ); Electronic Evidence Order/Warrant Review; Asset Forfeiture.

Antwoine L. Coleman, Jr., Asst. Commonwealth' s Attorney
White Collar Offenses; Gang Offenses; Financial Records Order Review.

Harsh Voruganti, Asst. Commonwealth' s Attorney
Traffic Misdemeanors, appeals thereof; Felony Driving While Intoxicated.

Joseph A. Cahoon, Asst. Commonwealth’ s Attorney
Criminal Misdemeanors, appeals thereof; Felony Petit Larcenies.


Major Crimes are assigned at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney; these are cases that, in the opinion of the Commonwealth's Attorney require—due to complexity, gravity, or public interest of issues presented—a specific level of experience or expertise.  All homicides are considered Major Crimes.  Major Crimes are assigned outside of team and rotation assignments at the discretion of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

General rotation cases include:  Drug Possession, Assaults on Police, Felony Larcenies, Burglarious Tools, Destruction of Property/Vandalism, Eluding, DMV Fraud, Prescription Fraud, Hit & Run, Worthless Checks, and any other felony offense investigated by patrol and not otherwise designated.  Malicious Wounding offenses shall be also assigned in rotation; however, a law enforcement liaison or point of contact is identified above.

When possible, SVU cases include: Abductions, Animal Cruelty, Singular Possession of Child Pornography, Non-Domestic Strangulations, Perjury, and Offenses by Adults in J&DR. 

When practicable, VCU rotation cases include: Patrol PWIDs, Patrol Robberies, Patrol Credit Card Theft/Fraud Crimes, and Firearm Offenses. 

“White-Collar Offenses” are cases investigated by the Criminal Investigations Section (CIS) of the police department.  White-Collar Crimes include Embezzlement, Identity Theft/Fraud, Forgery & Uttering, False Pretenses, Welfare Fraud, and other related felonies investigated by CIS. Other white-collar crimes are assigned in rotation as noted above.

Issues or questions related to electronic evidence orders or search warrants should be directed to one of the assistants designated as “Electronic Evidence Order/Warrant Review.”  Once prepared, electronic evidence search warrants or orders should be emailed to Donald Harrison-Wright, who will ensure that they are assigned to the appropriate attorney for review.  Orders for financial records should likewise be emailed to Donald Harrison-Wright, who will ensure that they routed to the White-Collar Prosecutor.