Criminal Law

Criminal law assistance in Anchorage

If you get involved in a legal battle, you might feel overwhelmed by all the technical jargon and Latin jargon that the legal world employs. And when you face a case of criminal law, you especially need to make yourself aware of the proper procedures to avoid serious consequences.

At Kalamarides & Lambert, we want to involve you in every step of the legal process. When you understand the basic principles of criminal law, we can work together to protect your rights and fight for a solution that works for you. 

What Is Criminal Law?

Criminal law means that the government brings a person to trial for acts that violate the law. A lawyer employed by the state, called a prosecutor, starts the case and tries to prove guilt. The person accused, called the defendant, chooses his or her own lawyer to represent the case and prove innocence.
If found guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt," a person convicted in criminal court may face jail time, receive a fine, or both.

What Are Some Common Criminal Lawsuits?

What the law considers a crime differs in different cities and states, but the most common criminal lawsuits include:
  • DUI/DWI
  • Theftand robbery
  • Assaultand battery
  • Sexual offenses
  • Domestic violence
  • Homicide
  • Drug-related crimes
In order to determine guilt or innocence, the prosecution must prove two things :first, that you committed a criminal act. Second, that you had criminal intent, or that you did something intentionally that you knew to beillegal.
If you receive any of these charges, seek legal counsel to study the statutes of local, state, or federal law,and then represent your case before the court. 
Tools used in criminal cases in Anchorage, AK

How Are Crimes Classified?

The law classifies crimes into two main categories. Less serious crimes, like small theft or traffic violations, are called misdemeanors. Most misdemeanors receive jail time for less than a year.

More serious crimes, like violent or sexual acts, are referred to as felonies. All felonies can receive jail sentences for longer than a year, depending on the seriousness of the crime. 

What Should I Do if I Face Criminal Charges?

As soon as possible,consult a lawyer about your individual situation. The best attorneys will have experience with your particular crime and will know the best evidenceto use on your behalf.

For more information about criminal law ,call our Anchorage, AK office today for a free consultation. We can guide you through the particulars of the law and help you feel comfortable before your court date. 
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