Alaska Underage DUI Laws and Penalties

The consequences of intoxicated driving for motorists who are under 21 years old.

Driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal in all 50 states. But states also have special drinking and driving laws that apply to drivers under the age of 21. In Alaska, drivers under the age of 21 are prohibited from vehicle operation if they have any measurable blood alcohol content. This article explains when a person may be charged with an underage DUI (often called, "driving after consumption") and some of the possible penalties.

Driving After Consuming Alcohol

An Alaska driver who's older than 14 but younger than 21 years old can be arrested for operating a vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol. The arrested offender will generally be required to take a breathalyzer test. If the test results show any amount of alcohol, the arresting officer will issue a citation. Once cited, the offender will typically be released (often to a parent). The offender will also be prohibited from any vehicle operation for the following 24 hours.

Underage DUI Penalties

Driving after consumption is an infraction in Alaska. Convicted offenders will face:

  • First offense. For a first violation, the driver is looking at a $500 fine and 20 to 40 hours of community service.
  • Second offense. A second violation carries a $1,000 fine and 40 to 60 hours of community service.
  • Third offense. Drivers convicted of a third offense face a $1,500 fine and 60 to 80 hours of community service.

The judge might also order participation in a juvenile alcohol safety action program.

Alcohol Test Refusals

If the driver chooses to refuse the officer's request for an alcohol test, the officer can instead charge the driver with a test refusal violation. The penalties are identical to a driving-after-consuming conviction. However, the fact that a driver refused testing can be used against him or her in other civil or criminal proceedings. For example, a driver can be charged and convicted with both refusal of a chemical test and driving after consuming, effectively doubling all penalties.

License Revocation

At the time of arrest, the officer will certify whether the driver submitted to or refused a chemical test. If the driver refused testing or if the test confirmed consumed alcohol, the officer will issue a notice of revocation. If the driver doesn't appeal, the revocation will be effective ten days after issuance. A first, second, and third offense will result in a 30-, 60-, and 90-day revocation, respectively. Any future violations will result in a one-year revocation.

If ordered to do so by the judge, the offender must complete any rehabilitation or treatment program prior to license reinstatement.

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