22 years of experience with a focus on serving the community.

Meet Scott Miles: Candidate for Chesterfield Commonwealth attorney


A native Virginian, Miles received his B.A. from the College of William & Mary and J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He was admitted into the Virginia Bar in 1996. Scott has practiced law for 22 years in the Commonwealth of Virginia, including service as a legal aid attorney, public defender, prosecutor, and private practitioner. He currently runs a private practice from his office on Iron Bridge Road near the Chesterfield Court complex. He announced his candidacy for Commonwealth's Attorney for Chesterfield County today. On Friday, Miles filed with the Chesterfield County Registrar for the upcoming special election for Commonwealth's Attorney, scheduled for November 6th.


Scott's background and experience


Scott Miles is running on a platform that emphasizes the aggressive prosecution of violent crime, while referring non-violent offenders to rehabilitative programs. If elected, he intends to implement a community prosecution program that will make the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office more responsive to a large and increasingly diverse county. He will make the office's operations more transparent to both the legal community and the general public. Miles will advocate to the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to restore funding for the prosecution of misdemeanor cases.

     “As a trial lawyer who has handled civil and criminal cases on both sides of the courtroom, I know the complex issues surrounding public safety, equality before the law, offender rehabilitation, and integrity of the criminal justice system,” said Miles. “I'll expect prosecutors under my leadership to display skill in the courtroom, but, even more importantly, I'll insist that they exercise sound judgment in using the wide array of tools available to them to serve the entire community of people who live and work in Chesterfield County.”

     Scott is a past president, and current member, of the Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association, and a member of the Chesterfield Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. For the past nine years, he has served as counsel for the membership of the Richmond Coalition of Police. From 1990 to 1993, Miles was an active-duty Army officer and paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, and served in combat during Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

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A distinguished military career 


Scott went to college on an Army ROTC scholarship, and graduated from Airborne ("Jump") School while still a cadet.  After graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and immediately went on active duty, assigned to the 327th Signal Battalion in Saudi Arabia.  During Operation Desert Storm, he went into Iraq, and operating a tactical communications site in the Iraqi desert.  After returning, he served as a platoon leader for five different signal platoons, and deployed again to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope.  Scott was the ranking officer for a communications site established in Kismayo, near the port city of Mogadishu. In addition to the Parachutist Badge, he earned the Air Assault Badge, graduated from Jumpmaster school and become a senior-rated military parachutist. He has earned multiple awards, including two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. Scott received an honorable discharge in 1993 with the rank of First Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain while in inactive reserve status.


ISSUES & INFORMATION

What are the duties of the Commonwealth Attorney?
What is your view on violent crime prosecutions?
What qualifications and experiences make you the best candidate for the prosecutor’s office?
What is your position on the relationship between the CA's office and ICE?
Will you fire any Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys upon election?
What are some of the consequences you have seen of incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders?
Will you discontinue the use of drug court as Commonwealth's Attorney?
How long is too long for a Commonwealth's Attorney to stay in office?
What is the community prosecution program you will implement when elected?
Why should we (and why do you plan to) reduce felonization for nonviolent offenders?