Have you been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence? Do you feel you were unfairly targeted? Were you searched by a police officer for no reason? DUI convictions have serious penalties, which may affect you the rest of your life. Criminal defense lawyer Julie Willoughby has defended many individuals from communities throughout Southeast Alaska. She will help you fight for your rights during negotiations with the prosecution and at trial.Drunk Driving in Alaska Can Lead to Significant Consequences
Alaska laws strictly prohibit operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are a driver over the age of 21 and are pulled over for a DUI, you can be charged for the offense if your blood alcohol content is reported as .08 percent or higher. Any individuals under the age of 21 who have a blood alcohol content of any level can be charged with DUI. Finally, drivers operating commercial vehicles are subjected to stricter limits on blood alcohol content (BAC). Their BAC must be 0.04 percent or lower.
You may not decline to take a breath test without being charged with another crime. And you should be aware that the penalties are the same as for a DUI if you refuse.
Alaska law takes DUI charges very seriously and imposes harsh penalties on people who get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Initial offenders must spend a minimum of 72 hours in jail, get automatic referral to alcohol counseling with attendant fees, and pay a fine of $1,500 plus cost of jail. They have their license suspended for a minimum of 90 days. Repeat offenders face even harsher penalties, including increasing jail time of up to a year in jail, fines of up to $10,000, and a minimum of a five-year license suspension. Third time DUI can be a felony offense.
Even after you serve a jail term or pay a fine, moreover, the consequences can resonate through the rest of your life. People with DUI convictions on their records may struggle to secure the educational and employment opportunities that they need to further their careers. This makes it especially important to consult a legal professional who can help you defend against the charges.Consult a Skilled Alaska Lawyer When Facing a DUI Prosecution
Even the most law-abiding individuals may sometimes find themselves subjected to unjustified or exaggerated accusations that they committed a crime. Experienced DUI attorney Julie Willoughby is committed to protecting the rights of people in communities throughout Alaska. She can work with you to determine whether you were subjected to illegal procedures or conditions when you were stopped for a DUI. You can contact us for a free initial consultation at 907-586-1415 or through our online form. We have the resources and zeal to protect your rights against the prosecution. Attorney Willoughby can investigate what happened in your case before crafting an argument tailored to your specific circumstances.