First Offense DUI in Alaska
The penalties associated with a first DUI in Alaska include a minimum of 72 hours consecutive jail time as well as license revocation for 90 days.
- Upon arrest, ninety (90) day license suspension begins pending. Unless otherwise contested during an administrative hearing, driver’s license will be suspended. Suspensions reversible in limited circumstances if arrest leads to dismissal or acquittal.
- All convictions carry mandate in Alaska that driver utilize ignition interlock device. Costs of device and maintenance fees are the responsibility of the offender.
- Defendant must undergo alcohol or substance abuse assessment during criminal proceedings.
- Any convictions of DUI or DWI in Alaska remain on an offender’s criminal history for life, and in turn, if subsequent arrests occur, the existence of previous offenses is tracked back through the offender’s lifetime as well.
- First offense convictions carry mandatory incarceration periods of at least 72 consecutive hours.
- A minimum fine of $1,500; however, other fees and charges may be incurred by offender in process of completing sentence, including probation costs, ignition interlock device costs, and others expenses related to seeking court-mandated alcohol counseling. In addition, the driver may be required to compensate for any injuries or damage caused by the DUI.
Getting Legal Help
Alaska law does not prohibit pleading down of DUI charges to less serious misdemeanor offenses. Depending on the nature of a given case, this provides a clear path for plea-bargaining for defendants and their legal counsel.