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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Alaska

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Alaska. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Alaska, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Alaska. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Richard Payne
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Wasilla, AK
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Ben Crittenden
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Anchorage, AK
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Evan Barrickman
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Anchorage, AK
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D. Scott Dattan
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Anchorage, AK
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Alaska Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AKACDL) - The Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AKACDL) in Anchorage, AK, is a preeminent association for those working in the criminal defense profession in Alaska. The AKACDL was established in 2009 and is composed of many of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state of Alaska. Members include both attorneys in private practice and those that work for the public defender's office. The AKACDL is an official Affiliate Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Alaska Government and Court Resources

Alaska Court System

Alaska Court System - The Alaska Court System, with its origins dating back to the early 20th century, is responsible for the administration of justice in the state. The court system has evolved to meet the needs of the vast and diverse Alaskan landscape. Its duties include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, protecting individual rights, and addressing unique challenges like issues related to indigenous peoples and remote communities.

Alaska Office of the Attorney General

Alaska Office of the Attorney General - The Alaska Office of the Attorney General serves as the state's chief legal advisor and is headed by the Attorney General, who is appointed by the Governor. The office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies, representing Alaska in legal matters, and ensuring the fair and just enforcement of laws. Duties include prosecuting criminal cases, defending the state against legal challenges, advising state officials on legal issues, and overseeing the implementation of legal policies.

Alaska State Legislature

Alaska State Legislature - The Alaska State Legislature is a bicameral body consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House has 40 members serving two-year terms, while the Senate comprises 20 members with four-year terms. The Legislature convenes annually in regular sessions, during which legislators propose, debate, and vote on bills, as well as allocate state funds, levy taxes, and regulate public policies. Their duties include shaping the state's laws, policies, and budget, ensuring the smooth functioning of Alaska's government and addressing the needs of its citizens.

Alaska Supreme Court

Alaska Supreme Court - The Alaska Supreme Court serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, overseeing the administration of justice and interpreting the law in Alaska. It functions as an appellate court, reviewing decisions made by lower courts to ensure they adhere to state laws and constitutional principles. The court's responsibilities involve hearing appeals on civil and criminal cases, resolving legal disputes, and providing guidance on legal interpretations that guide lower courts and state agencies. Additionally, the Supreme Court is entrusted with overseeing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and regulating the legal profession in Alaska.

Public Defenders Agency of Alaska

Public Defenders Agency of Alaska - The Public Defenders Agency (PDA) of Alaska was established to provide legal representation to individuals who cannot afford their own defense attorneys.The PDA operates under the Alaska Department of Administration. The primary duties of the Public Defenders Agency include offering legal representation, advice, and advocacy to indigent individuals facing criminal charges or other legal matters. The agency is dedicated to upholding the principles of justice

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