Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys

Responsibilities
The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for the City of Danville prosecutes all felony cases in the Danville Circuit Court, the Danville General District Court, and the Danville Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The Office also prosecutes misdemeanor offenses in all three courts.

In addition to these duties, the Office is responsible for responding to motions filed in any criminal case as well as submitting legal briefs to the higher courts on any cases appealed from the Danville courts. The Office also is responsible for providing legal advice, when called upon, to local law enforcement in the investigation of criminal offenses. And, the office is responsible for processing forfeiture cases occurring in the City of Danville.

In addition to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Michael J. Newman, there are several Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys in the Danville Office. 

Joseph M. Barrier


Joseph Barrier has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since 2012.

Joe graduated from Bob Jones University in 2005 with a B.A. in History. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 2011. 

Joe is the supervising attorney over all prosecutions in the Circuit Court.  Joe also prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts.  

Tiffany J. Bennett


Tiffany Bennett has served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since 2017. 

Tiffany graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a B.A. prelaw in 2012. Tiffany received her J. D. from the Regent School of Law in 2015.

Tiffany is the supervising attorney over all appellate matters. Tiffany also prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts. 

Christopher E. Collins


Christopher E. Collins has served as an assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 2017. 

Chris graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1993 with a B.A. in European History. He received his J.D. from Liberty School of Law in 2016. 

Chris prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs. 

Petra B. Haskins


Petra B. Haskins joined the office as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2010. She is now the Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney.

Petra graduated from George Mason University in 1992 with a B.S. in Administration of Justice. She received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1996.

Petra is a supervising attorney who is primarily assigned to prosecuting felony cases in the Circuit Court although she does handle dockets in the lower courts as well. Petra also handles all forfeiture cases. 

Mark A. Hicks


Mark A. Hicks has served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 2014.  Mark returned to the Danville Office after a brief period in the Pittsylvania  County Office. 

Mark graduated from Liberty University in 2009. He majored in Government. He received his J.D. from the Liberty School of Law in 2012.  

Mark is the supervising attorney over all prosecutions in the General District Court.  Mark also prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts.

K. Alexis Johnson


Alexis Johnson has served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney since 2016.

Alexis graduated from Texas State University in 2010 with a BA in Music and English.  She received her J. D. from Liberty University School of Law in 2016. 

Alexis prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs. 
Jason M. Kowalski
Jason Kowalski has served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney since 2016.

Jason graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a BA in English with High Honors.  He received his J. D. from William and Mary Law School in 2016. 

Jason prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.

Megan R. Leach


Megan R. Leach has served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 2015. 

Megan graduated from Liberty University in May 2010 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Strategic Intelligence. She received her J.D. from the Liberty University School of Law in 2014. 

Megan is the supervising attorney over all prosecutions in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.  Megan also prosecutes both felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts.

Katerina D. Silcox

Katerina Silcox has served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney since 2016.

Katerina graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2010 with a BA in Philosophy. She earned an MBA from Liberty University in 2013.   She received her J. D. from Liberty University School of Law in 2016. 

Katerina prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.

Benjamin S. White


Benjamin S. White has served as an assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 2016. 

Benjamin graduated from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ in 2011. He majored in History/Psychology. He received his J.D. from the Liberty University School of Law in 2014. 

Benjamin prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases in all three courts and writes appellate briefs.