Jail Times, Fines, and License Suspension for a First OUI/DUI in Alaska

The penalties—including jail time, fines, and license suspension—for a first Alaska OUI conviction.

A first OUI (operating under the influence, sometimes called "DUI") conviction is a class A misdemeanor in Alaska. First offenders are generally looking at mandatory jail, a fine, and license suspension. However, many factors come into play with OUI sentencing.

This article discusses the specific penalties you'll face if convicted of a first-offense OUI in Alaska.

What Counts as a First OUI/DUI in Alaska

An OUI qualifies as a first offense if the driver has no prior OUI convictions within the past 15 years. In other words, prior convictions that occurred more than 15 years ago aren't counted.

Jail Time, Fines, and Vehicle Forfeiture for a 1st OUI/DUI in Alaska

Jail time. A first OUI conviction in Alaska results in at least 72 hours in jail, with a maximum of one year. This time can generally be served on house arrest. During house arrest (or probation), the court can order the use of medication intended to prevent the consumption of alcohol.

Fines. A person who's convicted of a first OUI must pay a fine of $1,500 to $25,000.

Forfeiture. Although it may not be all that common, the court can order that a first offender's vehicle be forfeited and sold.

Driver's License Penalties for a 1st OUI/DUI in Alaska

An OUI generally leads to license-related penalties. Below we discuss these possible consequences.

License Suspension for a 1st Alaska OUI/DUI

For a first OUI/DUI conviction, the driver will face license revocation for at least 90 days.

Obtaining a Restricted License to Drive During an OUI Suspension

After 30 days of suspension, the court can order that the driver be granted a restricted license. This restricted license authorizes the holder to travel to and from work with an installed ignition interlock device (IID).

To be eligible for a restricted license, the applicant must provide certification of employment and proof of completion of or current participation in substance abuse treatment. Any violation of the IID restriction or treatment requirements will result in restricted license cancellation.

IID Requirements for a First OUI/DUI Conviction in Alaska

After the required suspension period, there's a six-month IID requirement.

Administrative License Suspension for a First OUI/DUI in Alaska

At the time of arrest, a driver who fails or refuses to submit to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test will generally have his or her license seized pursuant to the state's implied consent law. The driver will be issued a seven-day temporary license, but it cannot be used for the first 24 hours after issuance. The driver's license will then be suspended for 90 days, assuming the driver doesn't successfully challenge the administrative suspension.

If the driver is later convicted of an OUI in court, the judge can decide whether to credit any time already completed on the administrative suspension against the suspension resulting from the conviction.

Talk to an Alaska DUI/OUI Lawyer

The consequences of a DUI/OUI can be severe. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, you should talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable DUI/OUI lawyer can explain how the law applies to the facts of your case and advise you on how best to handle your situation.

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