Law Offices of Steve M. Wells Articles Misdemeanors Raised to Felony Charges in Pair of “Three Strikes” Law Cases

Misdemeanors Raised to Felony Charges in Pair of “Three Strikes” Law Cases

By Law Offices of Steve Wells  Mar. 28, 2014 4:51p

A 24-year-old man, J.M., and a 43-year-old man, K.K., are facing serious felony charges in separate cases which involve Alaska's Three Strikes Law. J.M. was taken into custody after a domestic violence incident. He was arrested by state troopers after allegedly spraying a fire extinguisher into the face of a woman while the two were in her home. The material expelled by the fire extinguisher caused distressed breathing and J.M. is accused of holding her in a head lock. He was taken into custody and charged with seven counts of third degree assault. The charge would usually be fourth degree assault, a misdemeanor, but was increased to a felony because J.M. has two prior felony assault convictions so the Three Strikes laws allow the third assault charge to be a felony.

The second case involves another domestic violence incident. K.K. had been convicted in 2008 and 2010 for fourth degree assault which made his current charges eligible for the assessment of felony charges. His current charges resulted from an incident in which he is accused of allegedly grabbing a woman's wrist in anger and smashing up a hair dryer and causing the woman to be in fear of physical injury. Reports did not state whether or not the woman suffered any injury in the incident. Do you have questions about your misdemeanor or felony charges? Consult with a criminal defense lawyer right away!

About Alaska State Felony Charges

Felonies are either classified into one of three classes (A, B and C) or are "unclassified felonies". Unclassified felonies are for the most serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder and sexual assault. These offenses are punishable by 20 to 99 years in prison and fines up to $500,000. A class C felony conviction is punishable by up to five years behind bars and a fine of up to $50,000. A class A felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

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