Alexander v. Anchorage

In Alexander v. Anchorage, 490 P.2d 910, 915-16 (Alaska 1971), the court held that an indigent defendant who is prosecuted for violating a municipal ordinance is entitled to court-appointed counsel under AS 18.85.100 if the ordinance is a "serious crime" -- that is, if the potential penalty for violating the ordinance includes incarceration, or a fine sufficiently large to connote criminality, or the loss of a valuable license.