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Domestic violence: “facts” sometimes complex, controversial

Proven Alaskan criminal defense attorneys know that domestic violence cases often pose distinct challenges that sometimes obscure the truth regarding “what really happened.”

It is not hard to understand why. Alleged acts of violence cut to the core of family intimacy. Incidents that give rise to misunderstanding are often layered in complexity that plays out over time. Things are seldom simple or clearly pointing one way.

Alaska's DUI laws among US's toughest

A DUI conviction is never a good thing no matter which state you live in. Yet, there are some states that treat drunk driving especially harsh. Among those states with the least-forgiving DUI laws is Alaska. A 2017 study ranked Alaska as the state with the third-harshest drunk driving laws in the country. Only Georgia and Arizona ranked higher.

What makes Alaska's DUI laws so harsh?

What is an ignition interlock device?

A DUI charge and conviction can leave individuals facing several penalties, both legal and personal. Even the first offense could lead to criminal charges, jail time and serious fines. On top of that, the local government could suspend or revoke their driving privileges.

However, the consequences of a DUI do not stop there. Under Alaska law, many individuals convicted of a DUI must have an ignition interlock device in their car for a period after the conviction.

Theft: Misdemeanor or felony?

When Alaska police charged you with a crime, you undoubtedly wanted to start defending your innocence. While this step can take place in due time, it is important to remember that one of the best ways to defend yourself when facing criminal charges is to present a meaningful defense during your trial.

When it comes to building a meaningful defense, it is vital that you understand the charges that officers have brought against you. If you do not know the exact allegations you face, you may not understand exactly how to defend against them. For instance, if authorities charge you with theft, you need to know whether you face a misdemeanor or felony charge.

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