Commonwealth Attorney


Nathan H. Lyons
Commonwealth Attorney
for Carroll County

605-11 Pine Street
Hillsville, VA 24343
(276) 730-3090

The Commonwealth’s Attorney is a constitutional officer elected to a four-year term.  He is the chief law enforcement officer in Carroll County and for the eastern part of the City of Galax for which he provides advice and assistance to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, The Hillsville Town Police, The Galax City Police, The Virginia State Police, The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and The Criminal Investigative Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles. He appoints deputies under his supervision to prosecute felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases.

This Office is responsible for prosecuting not only crimes committed in Carroll County but also felonies committed in Hillsville and the eastern part of Galax.  Our team of attorneys and legal assistants is dedicated to making our community a safer place to live, work, and visit. In cooperation with several different law enforcement agencies, we work to protect victims and to seek just sanctions for those who choose to violate our laws.

All salaries and a portion of the office operating expenses are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is located on the second floor of the Carroll County Government Complex. The Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


You may obtain information about specific Circuit Court and General District Court cases online by clicking one of the links below. Please note that information about Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court cases is not available online. For information on JDR cases, contact the JDR Clerk’s Office.

Virginia Exile

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office works in partnership with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsville Town Police, the Virginia State Police, and the Galax Police to reduce gun violence and homicide by a joint effort in enforcing Virginia Exile laws. These laws provide mandatory prison sentences for certain offenses involving guns.

Read more about Virginia Exile.

Prosecution of gun law violations has been shown to be an effective tool of reducing violent crimes.