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Is it easy to lose your driver’s license due to DUI in Alaska?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | DUI

In Alaska, the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers is 0.08%. If you operate a motor vehicle and have a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you could face DUI charges.

These charges can lead to the loss of your driver’s license, among other penalties such as fines and jail time.

First offense

For a first-offense DUI conviction, you can face various consequences such as fines, license suspension and jail time. The license suspension could be for at least 90 days, and the fines might range from $1,500 to $25,000.

Subsequent offenses

If you are convicted of DUI multiple times, the penalties become even more severe. For a second offense within 10 years, you could face a license suspension of at least one year, fines ranging from $3,000 to $50,000, and mandatory jail time of at least 20 days.

Ignition interlock

In some cases, individuals convicted of DUI may have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This device requires the driver to pass a breath test before the vehicle will start.

Impact on your life

The ramifications of losing your driver’s license due to DUI extend beyond legal penalties. Without a valid license, you may have difficulty getting to work, attending school or taking care of your daily responsibilities. Additionally, a DUI conviction on your record can make it harder to find work or housing.

Losing your driver’s license due to DUI in Alaska is a real possibility with serious consequences. It is important to understand the laws and act proactively.