Useful Contacts if Accused of a Crime in Anchorage Alaska
It can be a frightening and confusing experience to be accused of committing a crime or if you think that you may be about to be charged with a crime. You will certainly need a good criminal defense lawyer, especially if you think you are innocent of the crime. If you are not familiar with Anchorage, you may find that the following resources may be useful.
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with a metropolitan population of nearly 400,000 people. It is located on a peninsula at the end of Cook Inlet in South Central Alaska. Many people pass through Alaska on the way to other towns in the state or to other parts of the U.S. It has good air and ferry services to connect it with the outside world.
The city began as a “tent city” on the coast after the state was acquired from Russia in 1912. It is unusual for an Alaskan city as its economic status was not based on minerals or fishing, but on it being a transportation and military center.
Crime in Anchorage is reported to be about average for the U.S., with crimes of violence and particularly rape, higher than the nation’s average and property crimes lower than the average.
Need to Know Where the Police Dept. is Located?
If you haven’t yet been taken to or visited the Anchorage Police Department at 4501 Elmore Road Anchorage then this link may be useful to you. The link is to the Anchorage Police Department’s own website which gives useful details of location, times of opening and other references that you may find useful.
Where is the Court Building?
The main court that you will be dealing with and will get to know well if you are charged with any crime in Anchorage is the Anchorage Trial Court at 825 W 4th Ave. The trial court building is where many legal matters are heard and dealt with, not just criminal proceedings. The courthouse also deals with family law and civil law. You will probably first visit the courthouse if you are arraigned.
This is when you are formally charged with an offense under state law and you are given the choice of declaring yourself guilty or not guilty under oath. If you have not arranged a lawyer of your own you will be assigned a public defender. It is likely that you will be attending the trial court building several times in the course of the case against you being heard including your trial unless your case is decided as part of a plea bargain in front of a judge only.
Prison, Probation and Parole
The main corrections facility in Anchorage is the Anchorage Correctional Complex at 550 W 7th St.
The Department of Corrections is the state agency that is responsible for corrections and also is responsible for administering parole and probation. Their website provides useful information and further links to the Division of Probation & Parole 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1800, Anchorage and the Probation Office
Anchorage Probation Office – 800 A Street, Suite 100, Anchorage.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Anchorage
If you have been charged with a crime and do not have a lawyer of your own, the first thing you should do is to get legal representation. It is best to choose an Alaskan based lawyer who understands the local crime situation and state and federal laws as they apply to Alaska rather than an out of state lawyer. Contact our Anchorage, Alaska office today.