In this chapter,

Terms Used In Alaska Statutes 18.85.170

  • action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • 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
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • state: means the State of Alaska unless applied to the different parts of the United States and in the latter case it includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.

(1) “agency” means the public defender agency created by AS 18.85.010 ;

(2) “detain” means to have in custody or otherwise deprive of freedom of action;

(3) “expenses,” when used with reference to representation under this chapter, includes an expense of investigation, other preparation, and trial;

(4) “indigent person” means a person who, at the time need is determined, does not have sufficient assets, credit, or other means to provide for payment of an attorney and all other necessary expenses of representation without depriving the party or the party’s dependents of food, clothing, or shelter and who has not disposed of any assets since the commission of the offense with the intent or for the purpose of establishing eligibility for assistance under this chapter;

(5) “serious crime” includes

(A) a criminal matter in which a person is entitled to representation by an attorney under the Constitution of the State of Alaska or the United States Constitution;

(B) an act that, but for the age of the person involved, would otherwise be a serious crime.