If an Alaska police officer pulls you over, then winds up taking you into custody for drunk driving, it can have immediate, as well as far-reaching consequences in your private life, as well as your career. Facing drunk charges is no small matter, even if you do not incur a conviction. If the court convicts you, you will undergo license suspension, which may make it difficult to get to and from work. However, there are instances where the court will allow someone to install an interlock ignition device (IID) following a DUI conviction, then will issue a limited license.
If the court grants you a limited license after a DUI conviction, it means you can legally operate a motor vehicle for specific reasons, like traveling to and from work. It is important to understand how an IID functions. You must also understand that you are fully responsible for expenses, installation and for adhering to all IID regulations.
You must pass a breath test to start a car fitted with an IID
When an IID is properly installed in your vehicle, your car will not start unless you take and pass a breath test on the device. There are severe penalties for tampering with an IID device or falsifying results, like trying to have someone else blow into it for you. It may also be a requirement for you to take a second breath test after traveling for so many miles, even within the same trip of the initial test to start the car.
Processing fees and other requirements may apply
If you request a limited license following a DUI conviction, you must meet all requirements, including paying any fees to process the application. You must show the court proof that you have installed the IID in your vehicle. There are separate rules and requirements for general license holders versus commercial vehicle operators. It also matters whether your conviction was a misdemeanor or felony DUI.
Getting life back on track following a DUI arrest
Being taken into the custody of Alaska police for suspected DUI does not necessarily mean the court will hand down a conviction. Details of the events that transpired leading up to, during and following your arrest may influence the outcome of your case. For example, if an unlawful arrest occurred, the judge might decide to dismiss the case.
A drunk driving arrest can often have severe consequences, but you may also be among those who get arrested but not convicted. The type of defense strategy you choose may be key to achieving a positive outcome.