Alaska Statutes.
Title 45. Trade and Commerce
Chapter 50. Competitive Practices, Regulation of Competition, and Consumer Protection
Section 594. Investigatory Demand For Attendance of Witness.
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AS 45.50.594. Investigatory Demand For Attendance of Witness.

(a) In connection with an investigation authorized by AS 45.50.590 , the attorney general may issue an investigative demand compelling the attendance of a person for examination under oath before the attorney general or before a court of record.

(b) Each demand shall

(1) state the specific statute the alleged violation of which is under investigation, and the general subject matter of the investigation;

(2) state the date, time, and place at which the examination is to take place.

(c) A demand may be served by the attorney general, or a designee, in accordance with the procedures prescribed in AS 45.50.592 (d).

(d) If a person ordered to attend the inquiry fails to attend without good cause, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both. If a person in attendance at the inquiry refuses to answer a question on the ground that the person may be incriminated by the answer, and if the attorney general, or a designee, in a writing directed to the person being questioned orders the person to answer the question, the person shall comply with the order. After complying, and if but for this section the person would have been privileged to withhold the answer given, the person may not be prosecuted for an offense or subjected to a penalty or forfeiture for or on account of a transaction, matter or thing concerning which the person gave evidence. However, the person may nevertheless be prosecuted or subjected to penalty or forfeiture for a perjury, false swearing, or contempt committed in answering or failing to answer. If a person refuses to testify after being granted immunity from prosecution and after being ordered to testify, the person may be adjudged in contempt and committed to jail until the time the person purges the contempt by testifying. A grant of immunity does not prevent the attorney general from instituting civil contempt proceedings against a person who violates any of the above provisions.

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