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By Statute the criminal jurisdiction of the Attorney General is to prosecute and defend all criminal related cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in which the State is a party.

The Attorney General has authority to prosecute and defend any criminal action and proceedings when, in his judgment, the interest of the state requires such action or when requested by the Governor. The Attorney General also has statutory jurisdiction when any district attorney either refers and/or fails to prosecute any criminal matter.  

Deputy Attorney General Sharon L. Pino, oversees the four divisions within Criminal Affairs.

These Divisions are:

The Attorney General shares concurrent jurisdiction with local District Attorneys for specific offenses, such as:

  • Violations of the Medicaid Fraud Act
  • Human Trafficking
  • Governmental Conduct
  • Campaign Practices
  • Violations of the Motor Carrier Act
  • Violations of the New Mexico Uniform Securities Act
  • Adulterated or Misbranded Food
  • Violations of the Model State Commodity Code
  • School District Campaign Reporting