The Law Office Of Joshua P. Fink LLC
We Offer Military Discounts | Schedule Your Free Consultation


Don’t risk the ride: Understanding Alaska’s strict DUI laws

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | DUI

Alaska, known for its stunning landscapes and adventurous spirit, takes a firm stance against drunk driving. The state enforces some of the strictest DUI laws in the United States, with consequences that extend beyond typical expectations.

Alaska has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.08% for drivers aged 21 and over. This aligns with the national standard. However, the state also enforces a zero-tolerance policy for underage drivers (under 21). This means that any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can result in a DUI charge. Furthermore, state laws apply to physically controlling a motor vehicle while under the influence. This means you can be arrested for a DUI even if you’re not actively driving.

Imagine you’ve had a few drinks with friends and decided it’s best not to drive. You get into the passenger seat of your car, intending to wait for a sober ride. In Alaska, if a law enforcement officer suspects you are intoxicated and you’re in the front seat with the keys readily available, you could be charged with a DUI.

Penalties that pack a punch

A DUI conviction in Alaska comes with a hefty price tag, both literally and figuratively. First-time offenders can face mandatory alcohol education and a license suspension of at least 90 days. Additionally, the court may mandate the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle for a minimum of six months. This device requires you to blow into a breathalyzer before starting the car, helping prevent driving under the influence.

By understanding Alaska’s DUI laws and making responsible choices, you can work towards ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for yourself and those around you. With that said, it is surprisingly easy to find yourself on the wrong end of a DUI charge. As such, you should know that having experienced legal team by your side may be better than fighting it out alone.