Attorneys general are often the top law enforcement and/or legal officers in their state or district. Some have the responsibility for enforcing all state criminal laws while others enforce certain state laws for which the attorney general has jurisdiction. While district attorneys handle most misdemeanor and felony cases, attorneys general may prosecute business fraud, major felonies, public corruption, environmental crimes, child or elderly abuse, human trafficking, cybercrime, civil rights violations, and crimes that cross multiple jurisdictions. Attorneys general also work together and with the federal government to bring joint cases, often against companies or organizations that have engaged in criminal behavior nationally.

Below are examples of law enforcement actions taken by attorneys general:

  • Delaware AG Kathy Jennings indicted a man on two felony charges after he flashed a gun at political rally.
  • Michigan AG Dana Nessel charged a doctor with two felonies for conducting a criminal enterprise that delivered controlled substances and falsely reported patient information.
  • Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter filed first-degree murder charges in a 33-year-old cold case involving a brutal murder in Lincoln County.
  • New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal charged a man and a woman on first degree charges of human trafficking and promoting organized street crime for allegedly trafficking an underage girl for sex.
  • Virginia AG Mark Herring’s animal law unit charged Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari, with one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic, four misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act, and nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
  • Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden charged two men with alleged sexual exploitation of a child.
  • Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro brought charges against a county magisterial district judge for using $4,000 in campaign contributions for personal benefit, which included gambling at various casinos in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and violating campaign reporting requirements.
  • New Mexico AG Hector Balderas filed criminal charges against a former police officer for multiple counts of battery and one count of felony child abuse.
  • New York AG Letitia James charged a Bronx healthcare clinic owner for defrauding the New York State Medicaid program by submitting false claims to Medicaid and to MetroPlus, a Medicaid-funded managed care organization, stealing more than $4 million from taxpayers.