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Alaska has some of the toughest laws in the nation regarding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unlike many states, a DUI conviction in Alaska stays on your record for life.

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How much is auto insurance after a DUI?

Alaska Implied Consent Law

Alaska operates under the “implied consent” law regarding stops for suspected DUI.

What this means is that when you get an Alaska driver’s license, you implicitly give the promise that if you are stopped and asked to submit to any DUI tests, including field sobriety and breathalyzer tests, you will not refuse to submit.

What if I refuse a DUI Test in Alaska?

If you do refuse to take a DUI test in Alaska then you have automatically committed a crime which can carry penalties even more stringent than those associated with the DUI itself. This law exists to discourage people from causing problems by refusing DUI testing.

How will I be asked to test for a DUI in Alaska?

If you are stopped in Alaska for a DUI, you may be asked to submit to a breath test, a field sobriety test, or both. You may be asked to perform a series of simple tasks to help the officer asses your awareness and physical stability.

You may also be asked to “blow into” a breath analysis unit. You can also be asked to provide a blood sample if your breath test confirms that you are under the influence of alcohol.

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Over the Limit – What happens with a DUI conviction in Alaska?

If you are charged with DUI and convicted, you will face some serious penalties. Alaska considers any blood alcohol content, or BAC, of .08% or higher as grounds for a DUI conviction.

For minors, any alcohol registering in the BAC test is grounds for a DUI conviction. A DUI charge in Alaska actually consists of two separate parts: a criminal charge, and an administrative license issue.

The Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV, processes a DUI charge separately from your criminal charges. The DMV gives you seven days to appeal the loss of your license due to a DUI conviction, and if, during that time, you do not file an appeal, your license will be suspended for a minimum of 90 days, if this is your first offense.

You can apply for a limited license reinstatement after 30 days of this period, but you must go through a special procedure to do this, and your “limited” license only allows you to do necessary driving, such as to and from work.

You cannot receive a limited license if you refused the field sobriety tests at the time of your arrest. The DMV may also require you to pay reinstatement fees and provide proof of additional testing in order to recover your license.

DUI Penalties in Alaska

The criminal court case is a separate issue for a DUI. You will face a $1,500 fine for your first DUI conviction, at least three days in jail, and a mandatory ignition interlock device requirement before you can recover your license.

You will also be required to file an SR-22 report with the state. This report will be required from an auto insurance company, stating that you have guaranteed coverage for a period of five years.

Many companies do not offer SR-22 auto insurance coverage; if you must file this report, you can count on paying an average of $2,000 more per year for your insurance, and you may have to change companies in order to find one to cover you.

Subsequent DUI convictions have even more serious consequences. You will lose your license for a year with your second conviction, and for three years with your third conviction.

You will also face possible vehicle confiscation, starting with your second conviction, and will have to keep an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for an increased period of time with each conviction.

If you have an ignition interlock device, you will be required to pay all maintenance fees on the device and will be required to turn in reports to the court at regular intervals.

You will also be required to attend alcohol education classes, starting with your first offense. The type of classes required and their length depend on the BAC you have and the number of convictions you have. You may also be required to undergo mandatory alcohol treatment, at the court’s discretion.

The most lasting consequence of an Alaska DUI conviction is the fact that Alaska does not expunge, or remove, a DUI from your record after a period of time.

An insurance company can find out about your conviction twenty years in the future, and may adjust your rates accordingly.

While this will not usually stop you from getting automobile insurance, it can cause you to pay far more than you would without the DUI conviction.

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