(a) When a municipality prosecutes a person who has been determined by the court to be indigent under AS 18.85.120 for a violation of a municipal ordinance that is a serious crime, the municipality shall pay for the services of the attorney appointed by the court to defend the indigent person.

Terms Used In Alaska Statutes 18.85.155

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Defense attorney: Represent defendants in criminal matters.
  • municipality: means a political subdivision incorporated under the laws of the state that is a home rule or general law city, a home rule or general law borough, or a unified municipality. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060
  • person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, organization, business trust, or society, as well as a natural person. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060

(b) A municipality shall provide for defense attorney services under (a) of this section by contracting with private attorneys or the agency or by establishing a municipal public defense agency.

(c) In a prosecution subject to this section, the court may order the defendant to pay to the municipality the costs of the attorney services and other court costs to the extent that the defendant is able to do so.