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. Scott is the current Commonwealth's Attorney for Chesterfield County. He won this seat in a special election in November 2018, following the early retirement of the prior elected official. He is seeking re-election for a full, four-year term in November 2019.


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 became 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

The Role of the Commonwealth Attorney
My Experience
Community Prosecution System
Drug Crimes & De-Felonization
Juvenile Crimes & Rehabilitation
Prosecuting Violent Crimes
Prosecuting Domestic Violence
Immigration & the Criminal Justice System
Prosecuting Crimes Against the Elderly & Disabled
Cash Bail Reform