“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.
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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