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Assault charges in Alaska

In Alaska, a physical altercation can result in assault charges for the participants. The law differentiates between several types of assault, and the penalties may vary according to the seriousness of the charges.

If you face charges, an experienced attorney can identify effective defenses and protect your rights. As a conviction can have wide-ranging ramifications for the rest of your life, it is important to get the right help in defending your case.

3 abusive habits that may precede domestic violence

Alaska is a beautiful place, known for its enticing scenery and charm. There is, unfortunately, an uglier side of the state, however. According to the Juneau Empire, 58 percent of Alaskan women have been victims of sexual or intimate partner violence.

While such a statistic is startling, it illuminates the need for greater awareness. Abusive behaviors may precede domestic violence in some cases. By watching out for these behaviors, it may be possible to identify cases before they go too far.

3 abusive habits that may precede domestic violence

Alaska is a beautiful place, known for its enticing scenery and charm. There is, unfortunately, an uglier side of the state, however. According to the Juneau Empire, 58 percent of Alaskan women have been victims of sexual or intimate partner violence.

While such a statistic is startling, it illuminates the need for greater awareness. Abusive behaviors may precede domestic violence in some cases. By watching out for these behaviors, it may be possible to identify cases before they go too far.

Alaska has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation

If you have ever been charged with drunk driving in Alaska, you may know that the state takes the offense extremely seriously. So much so, in fact, that WalletHub ranked it third in the United States in terms of the strictness of its Driving Under the Influence laws, with only Arizona and Georgia ranking above it.

Factors that impact the accuracy of a breath test

If you find yourself facing a charge of driving under the influence, you are likely concerned with how it may affect you personally, professionally and financially. Most DUI charges come in the wake of the administration of a breathalyzer test, which involves using a specially designed device to measure the presence of alcohol within your bloodstream.

New reforms to the criminal justice system to impact prison sentences and the state budget

Hoping to stem the increase in the Alaskan prison population of both first-time and repeat offenders, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 91 into law on July 11, 2016. Sens. John Coghill and Johnny Ellis co-wrote the bill, motivated by concerns of the dramatic rise in the prison population and mounting housing costs.

Studies commissioned by the Alaska Criminal Commission reveal the state's prison population grew almost three times faster than the population of residential Alaskans. When coupled with the escalating price tag to feed and shelter Alaskan prisoners, the old policies for sentencing, imprisonment and probation were judged as inadequate.

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