News Flash

MCAO Latest News

Posted on: August 18, 2021

DCA Veronica Skinner Awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the Arizona Narcotic Officers Association

Portrait of Veronica Skinner

Last month, Deputy County Attorney Veronica Skinner was awarded the Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Arizona Narcotic Officers Association for her significant accomplishments in a large-scale wiretap investigation, prosecutions, trial work, and training to law enforcement.

Meet Veronica Skinner

At the start of her high school career at Scottsdale Christian Academy, DCA Veronica Skinner felt a calling to serve her community as a public servant. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Veronica and her family moved to Arizona at the start of eighth grade, where they had a vacation home. After graduating from high school, Veronica was set on following a career path in law. “I went to college knowing I desired to pursue a law degree to better enable me to serve my community.” For her undergraduate studies, Veronica headed back to Illinois where she attended Wheaton College. During a college internship experience with the Phoenix office of former United States Senator Jon Kyl, Veronica explained that “the professionalism and humility with which the entire office served the Arizona community” reaffirmed her commitment to public service. Her time at Senator Kyl’s office also introduced her to the unique challenges public servants in a border state are faced with on a daily basis.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in political science, Veronica headed to the University of Virginia School of Law. During her first year, she intended to pursue a career in either prosecution or national security. At that time, she had been accepted into an Air Force JAG program, but an internship with MCAO left her knowing she had a passion to litigate and be in court, particularly in her home state.

After interning with the U.S Attorney’s Phoenix office, MCAO, and her law school’s prosecution clinic, Veronica decided that “MCAO was the path for me to serve my community best and combine my dual passion for prosecution and border issues by serving as a drug trafficking attorney.” So, in January of 2015, she was officially sworn in as a Deputy County Attorney.

During her time with MCAO, Veronica has been a great asset to the Drug Enforcement Bureau (DEB). The DEB focuses on homicide prosecutions related to drug trafficking, such as murders that occur during “drug rips” or when someone attempts to rob a drug dealer. Resolution of these cases helps bring a sense of justice to the family members of the victim and helps keep the individuals who commit these crimes out of communities. “I find myself and my bureau mates have a deep concern for the homicide victims we interact with and the victimization of the community that we help prevent by removing these large amounts of drugs.”

The DEB also handles many long-term investigations including those that involve wiretaps. These investigations require daily work and collaboration with law enforcement and guidance on best practices in prosecution. Unlike what you see on popular media, wiretap trials are rare due to the volume of evidence facing a criminal defendant. One of Veronica’s most outstanding achievements recently involved acquiring guilty verdicts against a drug trafficker during a month-long trial involving a wiretap investigation. Veronica spent months preparing the evidence and demonstrated excellent trial skills, organization, and commitment to justice while leading this significant case. The investigation was a joint effort by the AZ Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations which resulted in the seizure of 520 pounds of marijuana, 3 kilograms of cocaine, and $241,835 in drug proceeds.

It’s this line of work what gives Veronica a sense of purpose. “I love knowing every night when I go to bed that my work impacts the lives of my fellow community members in a positive way.” Supporting investigations and achieving guilty verdicts has a significant impact beyond the courtroom. “Given the opioid epidemic plaguing our county, state, and nation, and the fact that 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal, every amount of fentanyl removed from the streets represents a potential life saved.” Drug addiction can contribute to other crimes including violent offenses, property crimes, and drug trafficking. “I know that for every ounce, pound, or pill of illicit drugs that are taken off the street, another community member’s life may have been saved from an overdose death or from entering the cycle of addiction that leads to other crimes that plague our community.”

While her day-to-day includes appearing in court, resolving cases with plea agreements, attending evidentiary hearings, researching, and writing motions, Veronica makes time to help others better understand the criminal justice process. Twice a month, she shares her expertise on prosecution-related topics at various narcotic agencies throughout the valley. Her expertise has been useful to law enforcement partners who can use her guidance to disrupt fentanyl trafficking rings in the valley. Recently she’s also developed and taught classes for the Phoenix Police Department and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Training  Center.

Keeping a full calendar and staying as busy as she does is not easy. At times the job can feel “draining, it can feel thankless.” The daily struggles are part of the reward for Veronica and that’s why she recommends those interested in following this career path to discover their “why”. “For me, that can be summed up in doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly as best I can each day.”

Veronica’s work is at the core of MCAO’s mission to support victims, hold criminals accountable, and help prevent crime and we are grateful to have her on our team!

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in MCAO Latest News


Defendant Indicted for Sexual Assault

Posted on: October 30, 2023

Vehicular Heatstroke is Animal Abuse

Posted on: July 10, 2023
Photo of the logo for World Elder Abuse Day

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted on: June 15, 2023
Photo of a baby tiger.

Defendant Selling Wild Tiger Cub Indicted

Posted on: February 28, 2023

Thank You for Your Service

Posted on: February 1, 2023

No Charges for Officer Conduct

Posted on: January 30, 2023
Photos of MCAO employees

A Year in Review

Posted on: December 20, 2022

MCAO Wins Big at the 2022 APAAC Awards

Posted on: August 29, 2022
Website Graphics (1)

Help Deter Catalytic Converter Thefts

Posted on: August 22, 2022
A person reaching for a pair of car keys after they've been drinking.

Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July

Posted on: June 28, 2022
Tori posing in front of a background and flags

K-9 Victim Advocate Tori is Retiring!

Posted on: April 26, 2022

MCAO’s Citizens Academy Is Back!

Posted on: March 28, 2022

Meet our New Community Affairs Coordinator

Posted on: February 21, 2022

Stay Aware of Teen Dating Violence

Posted on: February 14, 2022
New employee meeting other employees at new job

Start the Year with a New Career

Posted on: January 19, 2022

MCAO Year in Review

Posted on: December 21, 2021
An image of caution tape and police sirens

Year in Review: 2021 Crime Trends

Posted on: December 14, 2021
A family gathering around their holiday decorations

Holiday Home and Travel Safety

Posted on: December 6, 2021
Woman shopping online for holiday gifts

Get Gifts, Not Scams this Holiday Season

Posted on: November 22, 2021
Phone Scams

How to Avoid Scams Calls

Posted on: November 15, 2021
Photo of soldier holding an American flag

Honoring All Who Serve on Veterans Day

Posted on: November 10, 2021
Photo of the twin towers

20th Anniversary of September 11th

Posted on: September 10, 2021
Image of girl with the text

Talk to Teens About Substance Abuse

Posted on: August 23, 2021
A man stealing a wallet out of someone's backpack

Practice Personal Safety in Layers

Posted on: August 16, 2021
Two students reading over documents

Internship Opportunities at MCAO

Posted on: July 29, 2021
Someone looking into a parked vehicle

Keep Your Vehicle Safe this Summer

Posted on: July 5, 2021
Utility Scams

Summer Safety Series: Utility Scams

Posted on: June 21, 2021
Three Children Holding Hands

National Missing Children's Day

Posted on: May 24, 2021
Student wearing graduation cap and gown

A Career in Public Service

Posted on: May 4, 2021
Aisha Robertson, Legal Support Assistant, MCAO Victim Services Division

Employee Spotlight: Aisha Robertson

Posted on: April 26, 2021
Victim Advocates

The Importance of Victims’ Rights

Posted on: April 22, 2021
Lady Justice

Understanding Victims’ Rights

Posted on: April 19, 2021
Protect Your Vehicle From Theft

Spring Break Tips: Prevent Car Theft

Posted on: March 15, 2021
Report Graffiti

Report Graffiti in Your Community

Posted on: February 22, 2021
Protect Your Identity

Have You Checked Your Credit Report?

Posted on: March 29, 2021
Online Dating

Swipe Safe with These Online Dating Tips

Posted on: February 8, 2021
Woman Cleaning Counter

Labor Trafficking amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on: January 25, 2021
MCAO Building

A Year in Review at MCAO

Posted on: December 23, 2020
Crime Scene Tape

2020 Snapshot: Crime Across the Valley

Posted on: December 7, 2020
Man placing Credit Card info into Laptop

Shop Safely Online this Holiday Season

Posted on: November 30, 2020
Female domestic violence victim packing suitcase with clothing

Make a Safety Plan to Get Out

Posted on: October 19, 2020
Teen Girl Texting

Remind Teens to Think Before They Send

Posted on: September 28, 2020
County Attorney Allister Adel

Body-Worn Camera Request

Posted on: September 23, 2020
Online Bully

Online Bullying During COVID

Posted on: September 21, 2020
Animal Cruelty

Report Animal Abuse to Law Enforcement

Posted on: September 14, 2020
Labor Day DUI Reminder

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend Safely

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Pills on table

International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on: August 31, 2020

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scams

Posted on: July 23, 2020
Two Girls on Laptops

What are the risks of livestreaming?

Posted on: July 13, 2020

What is a Prosecutor?

Posted on: June 25, 2020
Man Vaping

Vaping Warning Signs for Parents

Posted on: June 18, 2020

Help Prevent Opioid Abuse at Home

Posted on: June 16, 2020
Sunset Over Canal and Homes

Keep Your Home Safe this Summer

Posted on: June 4, 2020
Looking through a car windshield at night. The lights are blurred.

Don’t Graduate into a DUI

Posted on: May 19, 2020
Happy Mothers Day

Honoring MCAO Moms

Posted on: May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus Check Scams

Stimulus Check Scams

Posted on: May 7, 2020
National Law Day 2020

It’s National Law Day

Posted on: May 1, 2020
Angela Andrews

Collaboration is Key

Posted on: April 30, 2020
Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Posted on: April 24, 2020
Heather Kirka

Charging Ahead and Working Together

Posted on: April 23, 2020
Census form on flag

We All Benefit When We Respond

Posted on: April 16, 2020
Brittany Hogard

Keeping the Wheels of Justice Rolling

Posted on: April 15, 2020
Person typing on computer keyboard

Be a Smart Online User

Posted on: April 13, 2020
Avoid Coronavirus Scams

COVID-19 Scam Awareness

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Community Outreach Highlights

Posted on: March 1, 2020
Allister with Female Staff

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Posted on: March 1, 2020
2020 Census Advertisement - Shape your Future, Start Here

YOU Count: Fill Out the Census Today

Posted on: March 1, 2020

Update On Petersen Investigation

Posted on: December 11, 2019

MCAO Honors Our Veterans

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Dion Earl Found Guilty on All Charges

Posted on: August 22, 2019

MCAO Launches Community Grants Webpage

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Update on Green Acre Dog Boarding Deaths

Posted on: September 22, 2014

National Geographic - Taboo

Posted on: August 31, 2012