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How does the Bill of Rights Protect the People of Alaska?

Posted by Eric Derleth | Oct 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

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What Does the Bill of Rights Mean to Criminal Defendants in Alaska

Article 1 Section 24 of the Alaska constitution defines the rights of those charged with a crime. The law provides that the victims must be: -

  • Treated with grace, respect, humanity, and justice.
  • Right to be informed
  • Permission to speak with the prosecution
  • Should be permitted to attend all the court and juvenile proceedings.
  • The victim may get the case solved within the appropriate time. 
  • Right of restitution from the defendant found guilty.

Right to an Attorney is a vital part of our criminal system and was initiated largely through the Bill of Rights. The defendant (the person being accused) has the right to be defended by an attorney in any criminal trial, as well as the right to have that attorney present at trial. At TrialGuy, we understand your situation and are there to listen to you and defend you throughout the case.

The criminal justice system is difficult to comprehend. A good defense lawyer will act as a guardian, guiding you through the entire process. Facing criminal charges alone can be frightening. Responding to the police and the judge's questions can be challenging. As one wrong answer can result in a court case against you, one must be cautious. Defense attorneys deal with these types of cases every day. Our attorneys will take care of all the important tasks that need to be accomplished such as investigating your case, communicating with the judge and the police, planning the defense, negotiating a plea agreement, and ensuring that your basic rights are protected during the trial process.

If you or a loved one is arrested, the first thing you should do is contact a criminal defense attorney who will aggressively defend you in Anchorage, Alaska, Soldotna, Denali, Kenai.

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4th Amendment Rights in Alaska

In the US constitution, the 4th amendment states that an individual has the right to unreasonable searches and seizures. The fourth amendment is a fundamental law because it safeguards the critical pillar of our democracy which is liberty. As a matter of logic, the fourth amendment of the US constitution equates to Section 14 of the Alaska Declaration of Rights. Alaska's statute 12.35.010 states that the police cannot search a person, belongings, or buildings without a warrant. The warrant must note the things that need to be explored, and there should be proper reasoning behind it. It should be backed up by "probable cause." As per Alaskan law, the reason for the search warrant should be valid and connected to the crime. If any individual rights are infringed or abused by executing searches without permission, then a misdemeanor has been committed under AS 12.35.060.

5th Amendment Rights in Alaska

The fifth amendment rights are one of our constitution's principal laws, which is the right against self-incrimination. No individual can be forced to be a witness against oneself. It gives a right to an individual to remain silent. If you have been coerced into giving a statement that will make you guilty while getting questioned in custody, then your statement gets invalid in the eyes of the law.  

The fifth amendment rights also include rights against double jeopardy. No person can be arrested for the same crime twice. 

Sixth Amendment Rights in Alaska

The sixth amendment rights of the US constitution provide the right to counsel. Every individual accused of a crime may defend himself from getting charged by getting counsel. The sixth amendment attempts to vitiate the imbalance of power between the legally knowledgeable prosecution and the defendant who is not that experienced in criminal law. If you have been arrested, you can invoke your rights and ask for counsel who will assist you, guide you, give you appropriate legal advice and fight for you. If you have not been provided with counsel, you can seek dismissal. You may also be informed of the crimes and charges you have been arrested for. You can ask for the information and proof presented before the court so you can defend the same and prove your innocence. 

The sixth amendment right also involved the right to a speedy trial. You cannot be held imprisoned because of unnecessary reasons. If this happens, you can appeal the court for the dismissal of charges. However, the time of trial depends on various factors like the severity and nature of the crime.  

8th Amendment Rights in Alaska

Eight amendments of the US Constitution limit the federal government from charging:

  • excessive bails. 
  • excessive fines
  • and unusual or cruel penalty

The unusual and cruel penalty clause is the most discussed issue as it is not adequately defined as what constitutes a cruel and unusual penalty. After many arguments, some stated that the eighth amendment restricts any brutal and inhuman punishment, for example, the death penalty. However, there is a conflict. This also limits the state and federal laws as the fourteen amendments restrict the state from infringing the freedom and authority of the United States. 

The discussions are still going on, and laws are changing, so every individual gets their right and live peacefully with dignity and respect. These rights are fundamental to protect you from any unfairness and injustice. 

See a Lawyer!

The state of Alaska has its own constitution, which in many areas overlap with the federal Constitution and its amendments. But Alaska constitution cannot limit the individual freedoms given by the Bill of Right. At Trial Guy, we are dedicated to providing you with the aggressive and most attentive client service.

To learn more about your criminal rights and have questions, you can contact TrialGuy at 907-262-9164 to speak to our criminal defense lawyer. Our customer service is available 24/7.

We are proud to serve all of Alaska, Anchorage, Soldotna, Denali, Kenai. 

About the Author

Eric Derleth

Born and raised in on the Kenai Peninsula, Eric Derleth has been helping the people of Alaska by defending their rights in criminal cases and helping injury and medical negligence victims recover the compensation they deserve.

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