Sharp v. State

In Sharp v. State, 837 P.2d 718, 722 (Alaska App. 1992) the Court explained that "claims of ineffective assistance can rarely be determined from the trial record alone because a defense attorney's trial decisions -- including which potential defenses to pursue, whether to object to the evidence offered by the government, how to cross-examine government witnesses, and whether and how to present a defense case -- generally rest on considerations of strategy and trial tactics that are not directly addressed in open court." (Sharp, 837 P.2d 718, 722)