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Were you recently arrested for domestic violence? Alaska's mandatory arrest statute establishes mandatory arrests for crimes involving domestic violence and outlines conditions for arrest and minimum sentencing requirements. If you are involved in a case of domestic violence, you should immediately contact Anchorage Criminal Defense Lawyer, Steve Wells.

Attorney Steve Wells has nearly 23 years of experience and was selected for inclusion in Alaska's Super Lawyers®. He is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Further proving his abilities, he a founding president of the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Are you facing charges of domestic violence? Contact the Law Offices of Steve M. Wells today!

Overview of Domestic Violence Laws in Alaska

Domestic violence occurs when one person maintains control and power over another in a marital, dating, or live-in relationship. This control can be physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse, it can also involve threats and isolation.

In Alaska, it is illegal for a person to hurt another person physically in any way, to force them to have sexual intercourse if they don't want to, to threaten to hurt or kill one's children, or to destroy someone else's property. Domestic violence occurs when someone physically, sexually, or emotionally abuses another person who is related to the perpetrator as:

  • A spouse or former spouse;
  • A person that the perpetrator is dating, or formerly dated;
  • A person who lives, or previously lived in the same home;
  • A parent, stepparent, grandparent, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, cousin, second cousin; or
  • Children of any of the above persons.

Alaska's domestic violence statute includes a variety of offenses such as crimes against the person (AS 11.41), burglary, and criminal trespass, terrorist threats, violating a protective order, harassment, and more.

Do you need a protective order in Anchorage?

If you have been arrested for domestic violence, your alleged victim may seek a protective order against you. If he or she is successful, the protective order may require that you:

  • Leave your own home
  • Stay away from your home, or the victim's workplace
  • Cease drinking alcohol
  • Attend a batters intervention program and/or alcohol or drug counseling
  • Pay money to support your victim
  • Pay child support
  • Pay the medical costs caused by the domestic abuse
  • Surrender all firearms (if you used a firearm)

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A conviction for domestic violence committed in the presence of a child could result in harsher penalties when the offense is considered to be "aggravated circumstances." In such cases, sentencing guidelines mandate that aggravating circumstances result in harsher criminal penalties, such as a longer term of imprisonment and higher fines.

Whether you made a mistake or are innocent of your charges, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Steve M. Wells as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case and which legal strategies he would use to defend you. Call today for your free case evaluation!

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