State District Attorneys (or "D.A.'s") are tasked with reviewing and filing criminal charges against suspects, sometimes referring cases to a grand jury in order to seek an indictment. Depending on the state, each judicial circuit covers one or more counties; a couple of states (including Rhode Island and Delaware) don't even have separate districts. Despite its large land mass, the sparsely populated state of Alaska has just four regional districts, each headed by a District Attorney.
The following sections explain the role of Alaska District Attorneys and the state's Attorney General, with links to more details and contact information.
Communicating With the D.A.'s Office
There may be times when it makes sense to reach out to the D.A.'s office if you're involved in a criminal case, including the possibility of striking a plea bargain. However, it's best to follow the advice and counsel of your attorney before doing so (and they can communicate on your behalf in most instances). It's important to remember that the D.A. is working hard to convict you, so you don't want to reveal details about your defense strategy or say anything that could be used against you at trial.
Alaska Attorney General's Office
The Alaska Attorney General (or "A.G.") is the top prosecutor and law enforcement officer of the state, representing the state in litigation (such as when the state sues the federal government or other entities). While D.A.'s prosecute state crimes within their designated regions, the A.G. represents the entire state. The A.G., who heads the Alaska Department of Law, also enforces consumer protection laws and performs other duties with the help of their staff.
Crimes committed by minors are handled by Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) within Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) unless a minor is waived into adult court, which is reserved for particularly serious crimes such as murder. In such cases, the D.A. prosecutes the crime as if the defendant were an adult).
Directory of Alaska District Attorneys
Alaska's 12 counties are represented by four judicial districts. It's best to work with an attorney before contacting a D.A.'s office. The Regional District Attorneys' Offices website provides contact information for all D.A. offices in the state, while the following links provide details and contact information for each regional courthouse.
1st Judicial District (Juneau / Ketchikan / Sitka)
3rd Judicial District (Anchorage / Dillingham / Kenai / Kodiak / Palmer)
2nd Judicial District (Kotzebue / Nome)
4th Judicial District (Bethel / Fairbanks)
Note: Although we strive to provide the most current contact and website information available for the D.A. offices in this state, this information is subject to change. If you have found contact or website information that is not current, please contact us.
Get Professional Legal Help With Your Alaska Criminal Case
When you're charged with a crime, the state will use whatever resources it deems necessary to get a conviction against you, including its prosecutorial staff. Shouldn't you also be well-represented in your defense? After all, it's your right and it's the only way to have a fair trial. Don't go it alone; contact a skilled Alaska criminal defense attorney near you today.