“State Attorney General Defendants” can have slightly different meanings depending on whether the state’s Attorney General’s Office (the “AG”) is conducting an investigation or whether it has filed a formal lawsuit in court against a person or a company. In some States, criminal prosecutors offices like District Attorneys’ Offices are part of the State Attorney General’s Office. Sometimes people refer to the District Attorneys’ Offices as the AG. Most often, though, “AG” is used to refer to the statewide Attorney General’s Office (or the statewide prosecutor’s office if it goes by a different name), as opposed to a local District Attorney’s Office or other local prosecutor’s office.
Each State has its own laws and rules concerning investigations by its Attorney General’s Office. Those rules may be quite different from one State to another.

When an AG is conducting an investigation it usually believes, based on evidence available to it at the time, that a crime under that State’s laws may have occurred. The AG may be assisted in its investigation by the police and/or one or more other state investigatory agencies. During an AG’s investigation, a person or company that the AG believes actually did commit a crime may be referred to as a “target” of the investigation. Over the course of an AG’s investigation, a person or company that the AG initially believes may be a potential “target” may come to be viewed as just an innocent witness. Likewise, someone who the AG initially believes is just a witness may come to be viewed as a “target”. During an investigation, sometimes people outside of the Attorney General’s Office may refer to a “target” of the investigation as a “defendant” in the investigation.

If the Attorney General’s Office brings a formal lawsuit in state court against a person or company, that person or company is usually called a “defendant” or “respondent” in the lawsuit. This lawsuit in a state court may be referred to as a “prosecution” or a “criminal case”.

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