Frequently Asked Questions

No matter what kind of legal issue a person is facing, they should never attempt to face it without the counsel and advice of a skilled Kodiak attorney. At Kamai, LLC., we have more than 40 years of collective legal experience and have the knowledge and insight to answer any questions you may have. Consult a lawyer from our firm right away if you have need guidance through a family law issue, estate planning or probate questions, or if you are facing charges and need capable criminal defense. Get answers to some of the more common questions by reading below before you contact our firm to schedule your consultation.

 

Family Law FAQ


What is family law? 
Family law covers all legal areas involving family dynamics and relationships. This includes marriage, divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, domestic violence, and adoption.


Will I have to go to court? 
You will not necessarily have to go to court for your family law case. Many cases, such as uncontested divorce, can be handled through mediation and negotiation with the other individual. Some cases may require trial and divorce litigation, which means that you will have to go to court. Speak with an attorney from our firm to learn exactly what your case may entail.


What is a contested divorce? What is an uncontested divorce? 
A divorce proceeding can either be contested or uncontested. Contested divorce means that one of the spouses does not want to get the divorce, or that both spouses cannot agree on one or more areas of their divorce, such as property division or child custody. Uncontested divorce means that both spouses want the divorce and believe they can negotiate the terms of their own divorce agreement without litigation.


How does the court make decisions for custody? 
The court makes custody decisions based on the child's best interest. This involves their relationship with each parent, each parent's desire to remain a part of their child's life, each parent's ability to support their child, the child's preference, and other such factors.


Do I need a family law attorney? 
You should never try to handle any type of family law issue without the counsel of an attorney. Speak with a lawyer from Kamai, LLC right away. We take the time to know our clients and can support you during this difficult experience. Our lawyers can also ensure that your case has a satisfactory outcome.


Criminal Defense FAQ


Will I go to jail? 
Whether or not you go to jail depends on the charges you're facing and whether or not your attorney has the skill to defend you. Violations are punishable by a fine. Misdemeanors can result in a jail sentence, though they may be punished by nothing more than a fine. Felonies can result in a prison sentence. In either case, you could avoid time in jail by retaining an attorney who can successfully fight your charges.


What penalties am I facing? 
For a misdemeanor offense, fines can reach as high as $10,000, and a jail sentence can be as long as one year. For a felony, the fine can be anywhere from $50,000 to $500,000, with a prison sentence of 1 - 99 years or life.


What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony? 
Misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies. For example, a first DUI is a misdemeanor; however, repeat DUI offenders or those who cause serious bodily injury in a DUI accident may be charged with a felony. More serious offenses, such as robbery or murder, are felonies that will incur higher fines and a state prison sentence instead of county jail.


How do I fight a DUI? 
The first step in fighting a DUI is to remain silent when arrested. You should then hire a skilled DUI defense attorney to investigate your case and help you prove that you were the victim of a wrongful police stop or some other form of police misconduct. You could also fight your charges based on a faulty field sobriety test or breath test. Consult an attorney from our firm to determine whether or not you have a case.


Is medical marijuana legal in Alaska? 
Yes, medical marijuana has been legal in Alaska since 1998. An individual with a valid medical card can possess up to one ounce of usable marijuana and up to six cannabis plants - three mature and / or three immature.


Why hire a Kodiak lawyer from Kamai, LLC?

Our firm has more than four decades of combined legal experience in both family law and criminal defense. Take advantage of an initial consultation to learn what a Kodiak attorney from our firm can do for you. Our clients constantly praise our service, stating that we make them feel like family. Find out how we can do the same for you. Contact our firm right away to get started!






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