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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers about Family Law, Personal Injury & Criminal Law

What types of drug offenses do you handle?

Our firm handles the legal defense for a wide range of drug offenses. This includes possession of illegal drugs and controlled substances, the sale of drugs, drug trafficking, drug distribution, drug cultivation, and more. These are serious offenses and we can offer you strong legal representation. Fill out a case evaluation today with the details of your situation.

What happens if I am convicted of domestic violence?

If you are found guilty of domestic violence, you could be facing serious fines and fees, significant jail time, and will likely have to deal with a very restrictive restraining order. In the case that the domestic violence was against a spouse or involved child endangerment or neglect, you may not be able to come in contact with your family.

How complex is the personal injury claim process and can I handle it on my own?

Filing a personal injury claim is very complex and can be confusing and overwhelming to deal with, especially while you are dealing with physical pain and injuries. Although you may legally be able to represent yourself, it is highly advisable that you retain a lawyer.

What will happen to my assets in a divorce?

This depends greatly on your specific situation and whether you and your spouse had a prenuptial agreement. However, the division of assets in Alaska are typically split equally between two parties during the property settlement procedure. You can rely on our team to ensure your assets are divided fairly in your divorce.

What are the legal consequences of sexual assault?

The repercussions depend on the circumstances of the sexual assault and the decision that the judge makes. If there was a deadly weapon used in the crime, if the victim suffered very serious injuries, or if the victim was a minor, you could be facing more jail time or more serious consequences.

Can I expunge my felony conviction? Can I restore my gun rights after a felony conviction?

Unfortunately, if you have a conviction of record in Alaska for a felony offense, you will always be seen as a felon in the eyes of the law. Even if decades have passed since your conviction, Alaska does not allow expungement or record sealing, meaning that conviction will stay with you for your lifetime. In addition, convicted felons cannot have their gun rights restored in Alaska.

For this reason, it is vital you have a dedicated criminal defense attorney on your side to protect your rights and future from the moment you are arrested. This is the only way to truly protect yourself after you have been accused or charged with a crime.

Do I really need to hire an attorney?

Although you do not NEED to hire an attorney, there are several benefits of doing so:

  • You will not need to spend your valuable time researching strategies that may not even be worth your time in court.
  • There is a probable financial benefit as the fines associated with crimes are typically much higher than the cost of an attorney’s services – not to mention, the probable insurance cost increase, potential issues finding future jobs, difficulty building credit, and possible jail time if your case is not won.

What are the benefits to hiring an attorney?

  • Support – although we recommend the support of family and friends through any type of legal trial, the support that a skilled, experienced professional will provide will be unlike the support of family or friends in that it will be unbiased, logical, and emotionally unattached.
  • Tried and true strategies will be used on your case to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • Representation from our firm would mean your attorney having your best interest in mind for the trial outcome.

To make an appointment for an initial consultation at Denali Law Group, contact our office at (907) 268-4584! We offer free evaluations for criminal defense and personal injury cases.

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