ANCHORAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH DUI ARRESTS
The Anchorage Police Department (APD) rang in 2014 with extra drunk driving patrols. Just before midnight on New Year's Eve, local police fielded ten officers, who responded to drunk driving enforcement. This year, the Alaska Highway Safety Office gave the APD extra funding for these efforts.
In addition to the police officers that patrolled the area, there were six volunteers from the Anchorage Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, who assisted with drunk driving crackdowns in their personal vehicles.
According to Alaska State Troopers, approximately 56 people were detained for driving under the influence during the concentrated enforcements. Of those taken into custody, 51 suspects were arrested for misdemeanor charges and the rest concerned felony drunk driving.
Though the holiday patrols have come to an end, this does not mean that law enforcement efforts are done in the area. Authorities will continue to crack down on driving under the influence. In fact, APD warns that even if a motorist is below the legal blood alcohol limit, he or she can still be charged. In other words, if a motorist is involved in an accident and a responding officer suspects that the motorist is impaired, the person can be arrested for drunk driving under Alaska laws - even if the person's blood alcohol content registers under .08.
Drunk driving charges in Alaska
Many suspects arrested for drunk driving are first-time violators. These individuals are not seasoned criminals and have little knowledge of the criminal process. As a result, some arresting officers take advantage of those facing criminal charges for the first time. First-time offenders are often unaware of existing rights at the time of the detention. In turn, officers may breach important constitutional protections.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, you should consider legal assistance. Even misdemeanor charges can bring about severe consequences. For example, fines associated with a first-time misdemeanor drunk driving charge can start at $1,500. Moreover, a hefty fine or time behind bars is no way to start the New Year.
Do not worry about what occurred during the arrest, and do not be fearful of what lies ahead. If you work with a good criminal defense attorney, you can evaluate the best available options for your particular situation. A solid legal professional can help assess your case and look into applicable alternatives. To learn more about your matter, speak with a criminal lawyer in your area.