Meet the Commonwealth’s Attorney

Michael R. Doucette

B.A. (magna cum laude), University of Connecticut, 1981 J.D., College of William & Mary, 1984

Mike Doucette joined the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 1984, became Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1990, and became Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2002.  In March 2006, he was appointed Acting Commonwealth's Attorney, when the previous Commonwealth's Attorney, William G. Petty, was selected to be a judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals.  Mike became Commonwealth’s Attorney in November, 2006 when he was elected without opposition.  He was reelected in 2009, again without opposition.

In 2003, Mike was honored by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorney with the “Von Schuch Award” as the outstanding assistant or deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the entire state.  In 2005 and 2011, he received the Lynchburg Police Department’s Honorable Service Award. In 2011, Virginia’s Lawyer’s Weekly chose him as one of its 31 honorees for “Leader of the Law” out of more than 45,000 attorneys in Virginia.  In 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell issued a special Certificate of Recognition, honoring Mike for his service to the Commonwealth by advocating before the General Assembly for legislation authorizing search warrants for GPS devices, creating a new strangulation law, and strengthening protective orders.

Mike serves the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys as president and chairman of its legislative committee.  He chairs the Protective Order subcommittee of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention Advisory Board and served on Governor’s Alternatives for Nonviolent Offenders Task Force - Drug Courts Subcommittee.  He is the president of the board of directors for the Virginia Legal Aid Society. Mike is a member of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, the Virginia Criminal Justice Foundation and the Lynchburg Museum Advisory Board.  He also lectures at the American Legion’s Boys State of Virginia.

For many years, Mike has taught fellow prosecutors statewide at the “Murder 1” homicide course, the “Top Gun” drug enforcement course, the “Red Flag” insurance fraud course and the Trial Advocacy course.  He has been a frequent faculty member for the National College of District Attorneys trial advocacy courses and the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine’s courses on Advanced DNA.  He also has lectured for the Virginia District Court Judges’ Conference, the Maryland State Attorneys’ Association, the William & Mary Bar Review course, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the University of Richmond’s School of Law Symposium on Melendez-Diaz, and the United States Air Force JAG Trial Advocacy School.

Mike is a Cold War veteran of the United States Air Force.  He lives in Lynchburg with his wife Beth, and their dog, Abbie.  Beth and Mike have four grown children and two grandchildren.  In his spare time, Mike is an avid runner, having completed 20 marathons.  He also plays, coaches and referees soccer.