Commonwealth's Attorney Profile

Alfred Gray Collins, III

Mr. Collins graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1988 and received his Juris Doctorate from T.C. Williams School of Law in 1995.

He was in private practice until 2005 when he left to join the Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office. After the public defender’s office, he worked in the Hanover Commonwealth Attorney’s Office until he joined the City of Colonial Heights Commonwealth’s Attorney Office in 2007. He became the City’s Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2011. In 2018, the citizens of Colonial Heights elected Mr. Collins the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Colonial Heights.

Mr. Collins has handled a variety of cases during his years as both a private and governmental attorney, but importantly for Colonial Heights, he handled the five day Spencer Hearing on the
Commonwealth v. Matthew Brady, which established the reliability and admissibility of probabilistic genotype modeling in Virginia, which is now used throughout the United Stated and abroad.

Currently, Mr. Collins has helped organize three Regional Heroin and Opiate Summits in Colonial Heights to confront the growing opiate crisis. Mr. Collins is regularly seen riding with Colonial Heights Police Officers to increase the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office presence in the city.

Mr. Collins is an avid researcher on the American Revolutionary War, a member of the Colonial Heights Historical Society, and serves as a board member of the Old Brickhouse Foundation. Mr. Collins is married to his wonderful wife, Tarra. They have two teenage boys.

Mr. Collins is honored to serve the Citizens of Colonial Heights as their Commonwealth's Attorney and to fight for justice in our community.