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Does the Attorney General's Office investigate or prosecute alleged crimes?

The Attorney General's Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes crime throughout the State.  However, criminal cases which are local in effect are rarely prosecuted by the Attorney General.  Such cases are more appropriately pursued by local officials and citizens are urged to bring such cases to their local police and county prosecutor.  The types of cases that are typically investigated and prosecuted by this office are:

  • crimes where the state is a victim;
  • political corruption and police corruption;
  • cases of statewide significance where the prosecutor has rejected the case or asked for assistance;
  • cases where the prosecutor has been disqualified; and,
  • Organized crime, racketeering and money laundering.