Commonwealth's Attorney

W. Lyle Carver is the Commonwealth's Attorney for Amherst County. He works closely with his Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Amber Drumheller, Assistant Commmonwealth's Attorneys R. Clint Carwile, Adam Stanley, and M. Duffy Valentine, and Victim/Witness Advocates Lauren Shelton and Judy Brooks.

The Commonwealth's Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of all state and local criminal cases that occur in the jurisdiction of Amherst County. We prosecute cases ranging from traffic tickets to DUIs to drug and larceny offenses to violent crimes. In addition, the Commonwealth's Attorney is the legal advisor on all criminal matters to law enforcement agencies operating within the County.

Our office is managed by Jenny Hunter and Erica Hudson. Legal Administration is handled by attorney Spencer Drake, who is also our FOIA officer. 

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney is an elected position created by the Constitution of Virginia.

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Physical Address
Circuit Court Building
113 Taylor St, Amherst, VA 24521
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Mailing Address
Amherst, VA,  24521
  • Phone: (434) 946-9316
  • Fax: (434) 946-9306
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  • Office Hours:
    8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday - Friday