Frequently Asked Questions
- Can the Attorney General represent me or provide legal advice?
The primary restriction placed upon the Arkansas Attorney General’s office by State law is that the Attorney General is prohibited from the private practice of law. Therefore, the Attorney General cannot provide legal advice.
- Where do I go for assistance regarding child support?
Unlike other attorneys general offices, the Arkansas Attorney General’s office does not handle issues relating to child support. Child support is handled by the Office of Child Support Enforcement, which may be reached by calling (501) 371-5349.
- Where can I report scams?
Scams may be reported by calling the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection hotline at (501) 682-2341 or filing a consumer complaint online.
- Where can I report issues with the Department of Human Services?
Issues with DHS may be reported to the director of DHS by calling (501) 682-1001 or to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office by calling (501) 682-2345.
- Where can I file a complaint against law enforcement or a prosecuting attorney?
The Attorney General has no general criminal investigative authority or authority over local law enforcement agencies or the local prosecuting attorney. The authority to conduct criminal investigations and to prosecute criminal charges in any case is restricted to the locally elected county prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement officers who operate independently without any supervision or oversight by the Attorney General.
If you feel that local law enforcement officers have not fulfilled their duties, you may wish to file a complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (501) 221-9100 or with the Department of Justice at (888) 848-5306.
- Where can I get clarification on Arkansas gun laws?
Attorney General Rutledge issued Opinion Number 2015-064 concerning open carry in Arkansas. Questions concerning concealed carry license may be directed to the Arkansas State Police by calling (501) 618-8000.
- How do I restore my gun rights?
You may contact Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office by calling (501) 682-2345 to obtain the necessary forms to begin the gun rights restoration process.
- Where can I file a complaint against an attorney?
Complaints against attorneys may be filed with the Office of the Committee on Professional Conduct by calling (501) 376-0313. Grievance forms are also available on the Arkansas Judiciary website.
- Where can I file a complaint against an elected official?
The Attorney General has no investigative or disciplinary authority over elected officials. If you believe you have evidence of corruption in your municipality, you may file a formal complaint with the police chief or local prosecutor. You may also file a complaint with the FBI Anti-Corruption Hotline by calling (501) 221-8200.
- Where can I file a complaint against a judge?
Complaints against judges may be filed with the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission by calling (501) 682-1050 or completing the complaint forms online.