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Alaska has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation

If you have ever been charged with drunk driving in Alaska, you may know that the state takes the offense extremely seriously. So much so, in fact, that WalletHub ranked it third in the United States in terms of the strictness of its Driving Under the Influence laws, with only Arizona and Georgia ranking above it.

Factors that impact the accuracy of a breath test

If you find yourself facing a charge of driving under the influence, you are likely concerned with how it may affect you personally, professionally and financially. Most DUI charges come in the wake of the administration of a breathalyzer test, which involves using a specially designed device to measure the presence of alcohol within your bloodstream.

New reforms to the criminal justice system to impact prison sentences and the state budget

Hoping to stem the increase in the Alaskan prison population of both first-time and repeat offenders, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 91 into law on July 11, 2016. Sens. John Coghill and Johnny Ellis co-wrote the bill, motivated by concerns of the dramatic rise in the prison population and mounting housing costs.

Studies commissioned by the Alaska Criminal Commission reveal the state's prison population grew almost three times faster than the population of residential Alaskans. When coupled with the escalating price tag to feed and shelter Alaskan prisoners, the old policies for sentencing, imprisonment and probation were judged as inadequate.


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