A criminal conviction can threaten everything that is important to you: your family, your job, your freedom, and your future. Many people who are charged with a crime are good people who made a bad mistake. The consequences of that mistake can follow you for years, or even a lifetime, if you don’t have the right legal help.
The government devotes a lot of resources to identifying, catching, and charging criminals, and most of all to convicting and imprisoning them. Police officers, prosecutors, and judges all dedicate their lives to punishing people for committing crimes. When you are the person charged with a crime, you are standing alone against all of that power—unless you have an experienced Alaska criminal defense attorney standing with you.
Eric Derleth is a criminal defense attorney with over 25 years of experience in the courts of Anchorage, Mat-Su, Juneau, and throughout the Kenai Peninsula and the state. A lifelong Alaskan, he understands the culture and the courts of the state, and is committed to working for fair treatment for Alaskans charged with crimes.
Being charged with a crime, or knowing that charges could be filed against you, is stressful, even overwhelming. It can be hard to know how to protect yourself. Eric understands how difficult the legal process is for his clients and their families. He offers responsive service, straightforward advice, and most importantly, a thorough, skilled defense.
Eric Derleth is known as “the Trial Guy” because of his experience and success in the courtroom, including in criminal jury trials. Criminal defense work constitutes much of his practice, and he represents clients in a wide range of criminal matters, including:
The earlier you retain a defense attorney to represent your interests in a criminal matter, the better your rights will be protected. Remember, the individuals who work for the justice system are not focused on pursuing justice for you; if they believe you are guilty, their mission is to prove it. They have been involved in charging and prosecuting hundreds or thousands of crimes, and they know how to legally gain an advantage in a case.
Don’t assume, even if you are innocent, that you can make criminal charges go away on your own or explain your way out of trouble. You need a defense attorney who understands not only the law, but the tactics of police and prosecutors—and who can successfully oppose them.
When you are charged with a crime and potentially facing a jury trial, twelve strangers hold your future in their hands. They need to not only believe that you should be acquitted of a crime; they need to be motivated to act on your behalf. Creating that motivation is your defense attorney’s job, and it is a job at which Eric Derleth excels.
“The Trial Guy” is more than just a nickname or tagline. It’s a reflection of Eric’s unique approach to litigation in every single case. As a criminal defense attorney, details matter: Eric outthinks and outworks his opponents with meticulous trial preparation, which often enables him to get charges dismissed before a trial becomes necessary.
If a case does go to trial, Eric is ready. He is a student of human decision-making and understands how to communicate with juries. Eric knows that it’s not enough for him to clearly understand the facts and the law; he has to help the jury understand them too. With clear legal arguments and carefully presented evidence, he not only gives the jury what they need to find in his clients’ favor; he makes it difficult for them to do anything else.
If you have been charged with a crime in Alaska, or believe that you might be, there is a lot on the line. To learn about your options and protect your rights, contact The Trial Guy and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.