These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

51-Government Attorneys

A part-time Commonwealth's Attorney must be careful in criminal prosecutions of defendants related to the lawyer's civil clients, and must also be careful in representing the Commonwealth in related criminal and civil matters, because the ethics code forbids using criminal charges to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn