When you’ve been charged with a crime, you are already going up against one of the most difficult trials you will ever face. Whether the case ever makes it to court or not, you need to start defending yourself from the moment of your arrest. That’s why it’s essential to bring your defense attorney in at the very beginning. By including your representative while still in the early stages of your case, you may be able to avoid a trial and have a better chance at avoiding conviction.
Criminal Penalties in Alaska
Like in most states, the criminal penalties you could face in Alaska run a spectrum, depending upon the nature and severity of the crime. Petty theft, for instance, or theft of anything less than $50 in value, is typically a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term of not more than 90 days and a fine of up to $2,000. Theft or embezzlement of more than $25,000, on the other hand, or theft in the first degree, is a Class B felony, punishable by a jail term of not more than 10 years and a fine of up to $100,000.
Many crimes also compound. After two prior arrests for petty theft, a theft charge may rise to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term of up to one year and a fine of up to $10,000. Since charges and penalties increase with each subsequent arrest, it is clear why keeping an arrest from turning into a conviction is so vital.
Anchorage, Alaska Criminal Defense Attorney
Being convicted of a crime goes beyond fines and a potential jail sentence. When you have a criminal conviction on your record, it can bar you from employment at some companies, or within certain industries, prevent you from qualifying for licensure, or keep you from being accepted by the school of your choice.
When you’ve been arrested for a crime, you need a defense attorney with experience in the criminal court system. Ms. Nations defends those who have been charged with crimes in and around Anchorage. Whatever charge you are facing, Ms. Nations will get to the heart of your case to develop a deep understanding of your side of the story, investigate every angle to ensure she can provide you the best possible defense, and aggressively represent you against the charges the prosecutor have brought against you.