In Alaska, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by up to one year in county or local jail. Misdemeanors in Alaska are divided into class A or B. More serious crimes (felonies) are punishable by incarceration in state prison.
For more information on felonies in Alaska, see Alaska Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.
A class A misdemeanor in Alaska is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. (Alaska Stat. § § 12.55.035, 12.55.135.) For example, theft of property worth more than $50 but less than $500 is a class A misdemeanor.
For more information on theft crimes and penalties, see Alaska Petty Theft and Other Theft Laws.
Class B misdemeanors are less serious crimes, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. (Alaska Stat. § § 12.55.035, 12.55.135.) Prostitution is an example of a class B misdemeanor.
A statute of limitations is a time period during which criminal prosecution must start. The statute of limitations begins to "run" when the crime is committed. In Alaska, most crimes have a statute of limitation of five years.
If you are charged with a crime, you should contact a local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can have serious consequences that negatively affect your life for a long time. Talking to an attorney is the best way to make certain that you understand the criminal justice process and can present the strongest possible defense.