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Alaska DUI Laws & Penalties

Alaska DUI law AS 28.35.030 states that any person stopped while operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol, an inhalant or any controlled substance with a blood alcohol level of .08% or greater is considered to be DUI.

Any person operating a commercial motor vehicle is considered to be DUI-CMV per AS 28.33.030 if that person's blood alcohol level is .04% or greater.   The allowable BAC level is much lower for commercial motor vehicle drivers since these vehicles are much larger than the average passenger vehicle on the road and cause a significantly larger amount of damage to personal property or death to the other vehicle's passengers or innocent bystanders when involved in an alcohol related accident.

Upon being stopped on suspicion of DUI in Alaska the defendant will be asked to perform the standardized field sobriety tests. Then they will be asked to submit to a PBT or preliminary blood test, depending upon the results of the field sobriety tests, PBT and the officer's observations, the defendant may or may not be arrested for DUI.  If arrested, the defendant's vehicle will be towed at the vehicle owner's expense if no other person is at the scene who can drive the vehicle and is not under the influence.

First Offense Alaska DUI Penalties

A first offense DUI charge in Alaska is considered a misdemeanor charge and carries the following mandatory penalties:

Jail time:  The defendant will spend a minimum of 72 consecutive hours in jail.  The amount of jail time can be increased at the judges discretion based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

Fines:  The minimum fines for a first offense charge will be $1,500 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest.  There is also a $270 imprisonment fee, this fee is in addition to the $1,500 minimum fines.

License Revocation:  The defendant's license will be revoked for 90 days. The court may grant the defendant a limited license to allow the defendant to drive in order to make a living.  A limited license will only be granted if the court deems the defendant not to be a risk to the public.

If the court grants a limited license, the defendant must also request a limited license from the Alaska DMV.  The DMV will charge a non refundable fee of $100 for this request.  Before the DMV grants the defendant a limited license, they will require proof of Alaska SR22 insurance.

Surcharges:  The defendant will have to pay the court a surcharge fee of $125, this amount can be increased to $225 if the defendant's probation is revoked.

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Second Offense Alaska DUI Penalties

A second DUI offense within 10 years is considered a misdemeanor charge in Alaska and carries the following penalties:

Jail time:  The mandatory minimum jail time for a second offense is 20 days.  The amount of jail time can be increased at the judges discretion based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

Fines:  The minimum fines for a second offense DUI charge in Alaska will be $3,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest.  There is also a $1,000 imprisonment fee, this fee is in addition to the $3,000 minimum fines.

License Revocation:  The defendant's license will be revoked for 1 year. The court may grant the defendant a limited license to allow the defendant to drive in order to make a living.  A limited license will only be granted if the court deems the defendant not to be a risk to the public. The court will also review the defendant's past offenses in determining whether or not to grant a limited license.

If the court grants a limited license, the defendant must also request a limited license from the Alaska DMV.  The DMV will charge a non refundable fee of $100 for this request.  Before the DMV grants the defendant a limited license, they will require proof of Alaska SR22 insurance.

Surcharges:  The defendant will have to pay the court a surcharge fee of $125, this amount can be increased to $225 if the defendant's probation is revoked.

Third Offense Alaska DUI Penalties

A third DUI offense within 10 years may be classified by the court as a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge based upon when the prior offenses occurred.  A third offense in Alaska carries the following penalties:

Jail time:  The mandatory minimum jail time for a third offense misdemeanor charge is 60 days in jail.  The minimum jail time for a third offense felony charge is 120 days in jail.  The amount of jail time can be increased at the judges discretion based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

Fines:  The minimum fines for a misdemeanor third offense charge in Alaska will be $4,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.  The minimum fines for a felony third offense charge is $10,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

There is also a $1,000 imprisonment fee for a third offense misdemeanor charge, this fee is in addition to the $4,000 minimum fines for a misdemeanor third offense.

License Revocation:  The defendant's license will be revoked for 3 years for a third offense misdemeanor charge.  The defendant's license will be revoked for life for a felony third offense charge.

 If the charge is a misdemeanor, the court may grant the defendant a limited license to allow the defendant to drive in order to make a living.  A limited license will only be granted if the court deems the defendant not to be a risk to the public.  The court will also review the defendant's past offenses in determining whether or not to grant a limited license.

If the court grants a limited license, the defendant must also request a limited license from the Alaska DMV.  The DMV will charge a non refundable fee of $100 for this request.  Before the DMV grants the defendant a limited license, they will require proof of Alaska SR22 insurance.

Surcharges:  The defendant will have to pay the court a surcharge fee of $125 for a misdemeanor charge and $200 for a felony charge, these amounts can be increased by an additional $100 if the defendant's probation is revoked.

Fourth Offense Alaska DUI Penalties

A fourth DUI offense within 10 years may be classified by the court as a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge based upon when the prior offenses occurred.  A fourth offense in Alaska carries the following penalties:

Jail time:  The mandatory minimum jail time for a fourth offense misdemeanor charge is 120 days in jail.  The minimum jail time for a fourth offense felony charge is 240 days in jail.  The amount of jail time can be increased at the judges discretion based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

Fines:  The minimum fines for a misdemeanor fourth offense charge in Alaska will be $5,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.  The minimum fines for a felony fourth offense charge is $10,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

There is also a $1,000 imprisonment fee for a fourth offense misdemeanor charge, this fee is in addition to the $5,000 minimum fines for a misdemeanor fourth offense.

License Revocation:  The defendant's license will be revoked for 5 years for a fourth offense misdemeanor charge.  The defendant's license will be revoked for life for a felony fourth offense charge.

If the charge is a misdemeanor, the court may grant the defendant a limited license to allow the defendant to drive in order to make a living.  A limited license will only be granted if the court deems the defendant not to be a risk to the public.  The court will also review the defendant's past offenses in determining whether or not to grant a limited license.

If the court grants a limited license, the defendant must also request a limited license from the Alaska DMV.  The DMV will charge a non refundable fee of $100 for this request.  Before the DMV grants the defendant a limited license, they will require proof of Alaska SR22 insurance.

Surcharges:  The defendant will have to pay the court a surcharge fee of $125 for a misdemeanor charge and $200 for a felony charge, these amounts can be increased by an additional $100 if the defendant's probation is revoked.

Fifth Offense Alaska DUI Penalties

A fifth DUI offense within 10 years may be classified by the court as a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge based upon when the prior offenses occurred.  A fifth offense in Alaska carries the following penalties:

Jail time:  The mandatory minimum jail time for a fifth offense misdemeanor charge is 240 days in jail.  The minimum jail time for a fifth offense felony charge is 360 days in jail.  The amount of jail time can be increased at the judges discretion based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

Fines:  The minimum fines for a misdemeanor fifth offense charge in Alaska will be $6,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.  The minimum fines for a felony fifth offense charge is $10,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

There is also a $1,000 imprisonment fee for a fifth offense misdemeanor charge, this fee is in addition to the $6,000 minimum fines for a misdemeanor fifth offense.

License Revocation:  The defendant's license will be revoked for 5 years for a fifth offense misdemeanor charge.  The defendant's license will be revoked for life for a felony fifth offense charge.

If the charge is a misdemeanor, the court may grant the defendant a limited license to allow the defendant to drive in order to make a living.  A limited license will only be granted if the court deems the defendant not to be a risk to the public.  The court will also review the defendant's past offenses in determining whether or not to grant a limited license.

If the court grants a limited license, the defendant must also request a limited license from the Alaska DMV.  The DMV will charge a non refundable fee of $100 for this request.  Before the DMV grants the defendant a limited license, they will require proof of Alaska SR22 insurance.

Surcharges:  The defendant will have to pay the court a surcharge fee of $125 for a misdemeanor charge and $200 for a felony charge, these amounts can be increased by an additional $100 if the defendant's probation is revoked.

Sixth Offense Alaska DUI Penalties

A sixth DUI offense within 10 years may be classified by the court as a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge based upon when the prior offenses occurred.  A sicth offense in Alaska carries the following penalties:

Jail time:  The mandatory minimum jail time for a sixth offense misdemeanor charge is 360 days in jail.  The minimum jail time for a sixth offense felony charge is 360 days in jail.  The amount of jail time can be increased at the judges discretion based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

Fines:  The minimum fines for a misdemeanor sixth offense charge in Alaska will be $7,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.  The minimum fines for a felony sixth offense charge is $10,000 and can be increased based upon the circumstances surrounding the arrest and previous convictions.

There is also a $1,000 imprisonment fee for a sixth offense misdemeanor charge, this fee is in addition to the $7,000 minimum fines for a misdemeanor sixth offense.

License Revocation:  The defendant's license will be revoked for 5 years for a sixth offense misdemeanor charge.  The defendant's license will be revoked for life for a felony sixth offense charge.

If the charge is a misdemeanor, the court may grant the defendant a limited license to allow the defendant to drive in order to make a living.  A limited license will only be granted if the court deems the defendant not to be a risk to the public.  The court will also review the defendant's past offenses in determining whether or not to grant a limited license.

If the court grants a limited license, the defendant must also request a limited license from the Alaska DMV.  The DMV will charge a non refundable fee of $100 for this request.  Before the DMV grants the defendant a limited license, they will require proof of Alaska SR22 insurance.

Surcharges:  The defendant will have to pay the court a surcharge fee of $125 for a misdemeanor charge and $200 for a felony charge, these amounts can be increased by an additional $100 if the defendant's probation is revoked.

Alaska's Ignition Interlock Law

If the defendant's blood alcohol level was between .16% and .24% the court will require the installation of an ignition interlock device on the defendant's vehicle in order to reinstate the defendant's driving privileges at the end of the mandatory revocation period. The defendant will be required to keep the ignition interlock installed for a period of 6 months.

If the defendant's blood alcohol level was .24% or greater the court will require the installation of an ignition interlock device on the defendant's vehicle for a period of 12 months following their revocation period in order to reinstate their driving privileges.

Alaska SR22 Insurance

In order for the Alaska DMV to reinstate your driver's license following a license revocation due to a DUI conviction, you will be required to show proof of financial responsibility by means of an SR22 filing with the DMV.

You will be required by the DMV to keep your SR22 coverage for a period of 3 years following your revocation period.  If at any time during this three year period there is a lapse in your SR22 insurance, your insurance carrier will immediately inform the Alaska DMV of the lapse in coverage and the DMV will immediately revoke your driver's license.

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