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The Lawyer’s Biography

I attended University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California, graduating in 1978. I have practiced in Alaska and only in Alaska for 35 years.

While there, I received two American Jurisprudence awards for scholarship.

Upon graduation, I moved to Wrangell, Alaska, where I opened my own general practice of civil law and criminal defense.

In 1986, I moved to Juneau and opened my practice there. After a couple of years of general practice, I limited things to criminal defense only, handling many different types of criminal cases, from drug offenses to violent crimes, to DUIs/drunk drivings.

In 1996, after two years of working on it, I completed ‘Drunk Driving in Alaska,’ a cases and principles book on the subject.

From the beginning, I have defended what I estimate to be about 14-1500 drunk driving / DUI cases, along with many drug cases involving methamphetamine, marijuana, mushrooms, cocaine, heroin and other […]

Towns and Cities in which I practice

My criminal defense practice covers all of Alaska, from Unalaska in the Aleutians down to Prince of Wales Island, including

Anchorage

Juneau

Fairbanks

Ketchikan

Sitka

Kenai

Homer

Soldotna

Craig

Haines

Hoonah

Skagway

Cordova

Petersburg

Wrangell

Dillingham

North Pole

Barrow

Seward

Palmer

Unalaska

 

 

Refusal to Submit a Breath Sample

Alaska is one of only perhaps two states nationwide that criminalize refusal to submit a breath sample. In all other states, while you can lose your license administratively with DMV for refusing to provide a breath sample, it isn’t a crime.

 

In Alaska, the criminal penalties are the same as for DUI. In addition, you may not obtain a limited/unlimited license.

 

Refusal takes two forms: The intentional ‘I’m not going to give you a breath sample,’ and what I have termed ‘constructive refusal,’ when a person attempts to provide a sample but the police officer believes the person is faking it.

 

 

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