Why Do you Need a Misdemeanor Attorney in Anchorage

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It is a big mistake for anyone to assume that misdemeanors are not serious. Although misdemeanors are not considered as serious as felony charges, they can still significantly change your life forever once convicted. If you make a mistake by assuming the misdemeanor is less severe, and your criminal defense lawyer does not correct it, you can fall into serious trouble and be convicted on a weak case causing long-term effects from a relatively minor crime.

Those who are convicted of misdemeanors, their life have severe challenges to face like fines, jail, and penalties. The experience of our law firm in misdemeanors will ensure that your case ends reasonably and smoothly in your favor.

A criminal defense lawyer in Alaska needs to understand the criminal charges from the other side, which makes the person equipped to acquit the clients or get their charges reduced or removed. Let our experienced criminal defense attorney for misdemeanors, Eric Derleth, fight to protect your future. Eric is the criminal attorney near you, serving Alaska with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. 

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Never plead guilty!

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, the consequences can be severe and life-changing. Your records will show you are guilty of misdemeanor offenses and can cause trouble during your employment or can be the reason for your employer to fire you from the current job straight away. It can also play with your relationships and your reputation in the market. You should never immediately plead guilty, even if you are entirely guilty of the offense charged. Many times Eric has had charges dismissed or significantly reduced following misdemeanor charges. Always consult an experienced criminal trial lawyer on any criminal matter before pleading guilty or talking to the police or prosecutors. 

Our lawyers deal with misdemeanor charges including but not limited to:

  • Assault IV
  • Harassment
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual battery
  • Trespassing
  • Reckless driving
  • Petty theft
  • Violation of open container law
  • Assault
  • Damage of property
  • Possession of drugs
  • Intoxication in the public
  • Loitering
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

Our team of misdemeanor defense attorneys is well qualified and prepared to represent you and your case. We at the "trial guy" provide you the best legal counsel that can lead to the successful outcome of your case. What are you waiting for, don't look further; contact us for support. 

Flexibility Involved with Misdemeanour

Often if you are being accused of a misdemeanor, you may not have to appear in court unless you want to. This is where you can contact our attorney Eric Derleth who can file the appropriate paperwork for your appearance, other necessary documents, and motions on your behalf. He will also keep you updated on every step taken regarding your case. He will negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf and speed up your case significantly. You also may review the documents in your case to control the process and make critical decisions if you want to. The decision of appearance in the court shall be yours. You can appear in the court as little or as much as you wish. Your attorney will advise you upon whether or not you have to appear in court and when. He will also report if the facts and circumstances of each case warrant a trial or dismissal.

Classification of misdemeanors in Alaska

Misdemeanors in Alaska are classified into two categories- class A and class B. Class A is regarded as the most basic form of a misdemeanor. The statute of limitation of misdemeanors in Alaska is five years. 

  • Class A misdemeanor in Alaska

Crimes that are 3rd-degree theft or assault with no dangerous weapons are included in class A misdemeanors. You have to pay a penalty of up to 1-year jail or a fine up to $10,000. 

  • Class B misdemeanor in Alaska

The penalty of a class B misdemeanor in Alaska includes jail up to 90 days or a fine up to $2,000.

What can a Misdemeanor Conviction Cost You?

If you are accused of a misdemeanor, you cannot work in some professions, especially if you have a charge involving fraud or crime, including shoplifting. The act of urinating in an alley behind the closed bars can be considered a misdemeanor and a sex offender. If you are accused of a misdemeanor crime as a domestic violence offender and proved guilty, then you cannot buy a gun due to the enforcement of the Lautenberg amendment. Other acts of misdemeanor criminals include domestic violence or physical violence against the spouse or other family members or assault. Even loud arguments, trespassing on some other property or breaking dishes while arguing with the family member might count as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor convictions can cost thousands of dollars in fines and fees, and maybe even result in jail time. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! 

Eric Derleth

With an experience of over 25 years in Alaska at the " Trial Guy," Eric Derleth has assisted the people of Alaska and surrounding areas in criminal cases. Being born and brought up in Soldotna, Eric understands the depth of Alaska's laws, the people living there, and the country's true nature.

He understands criminal law is all about raising a voice for the rights of every individual, and Eric has won many cases in the same. It will help if you research any attorney you choose to hire for any criminal defense case. Once you do, it will be challenging to find a lawyer with the experience and understanding of Alaska than Eric Derleth.

Get a Free Consultation now!

Now that you have gotten an idea that a misdemeanor is still considered a crime and holds a punishment upon conviction contact an experienced attorney to prepare for your defense and make your penalties less severe or reduce your jail time and any possible collateral consequences such as job loss, inability to obtain employment, criminal record, loss of security clearance, inability to get a job, and more. All the factors involved with a crime can make legal tasks difficult. That is why it is essential to obtain the services of an experienced attorney who will unfold the legal complications and help you receive the best possible outcome. Our experienced attorney Eric Derleth will fight for your rights and will never accept a punishment you don't deserve. He will use his expertise and resources to provide the best dedicated service to your criminal matter.

You can contact us at 907-262-9164 to connect with a skilled Misdemeanor criminal attorney in Alaska, Attorney Eric Derleth, serving Anchorage, Soldotna, Kenai, and the Palmer/Wasilla areas of Alaska. Contact today for a free, confidential consultation!


With Alaska in his blood, for 25 years, the "Trial Guy," Eric Derleth has helped the people in Anchorage, Kenai, and Palmer / Wasilla areas as a personal injury and criminal lawyer. Born and raised in Soldotna, Eric truly understands Alaska’s laws, the people, and the true nature of Alaska. The Trial Guy was raised in a log cabin in Alaska with a belief in America, and a belief in strong individual liberty guaranteed by our Constitution and was raised to fight for the rights of all of Alaska. Eric has expanded his criminal defense and auto accident injury lawyers practice near you, with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIC