Alaska Statutes.
Title 4. Alcoholic Beverages
Chapter 16. Regulation of Sales and Distribution
Section 205. Penalties For Violations of AS 04.11.501 and related ordinances.
previous: Section 200. Penalties For Violations of AS 04.11.010 and 04.11.499.
next: Section 210. Penalty For Making False Statement.

AS 04.16.205. Penalties For Violations of AS 04.11.501 and related ordinances.

(a) A person who possesses alcoholic beverages in a municipality or established village in violation of AS 04.11.501 or an ordinance adopted under AS 04.11.501 may, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and shall forfeit the seized alcoholic beverages. When a peace officer stops or contacts a person concerning a violation of AS 04.11.501 or an ordinance adopted under AS 04.11.501 , the peace officer shall seize the alcoholic beverages and may issue a citation to the person as provided in AS 12.25.180 .

(b) A person cited for a violation of AS 04.11.501 or an ordinance adopted under AS 04.11.501 for which a bail amount has been established under (c) of this section may, within 30 days after the date the citation is issued,

(1) mail or personally deliver to the clerk of the court in which the citation is filed by the peace officer the amount of bail indicated on the citation and a copy of the citation indicating that the right to an appearance is waived, a plea of no contest is entered, and the bail and all alcoholic beverages seized are forfeited; or

(2) perform community work in lieu of payment of the fine or a portion of the fine as provided in (d) of this section.

(c) The supreme court shall establish by rule or order a schedule of bail amounts that may be forfeited without a court appearance for a violation of AS 04.11.501 or an ordinance adopted under AS 04.11.501 . In establishing the bail schedule the supreme court may consider the quantity of alcoholic beverages possessed and the number of prior violations of the person cited. Before establishing or amending the schedule of bail amounts required by this subsection, the supreme court shall appoint and consult with an advisory committee consisting of the following seven persons: one superior court judge, one magistrate from each judicial district in the state, a representative of the Department of Law, and a representative of the Public Defender Agency. The maximum bail amount may not exceed $1,000, and the issuing officer shall write on the citation the amount of bail applicable to the violation.

(d) Community work shall be performed at the direction of the local governing body of the municipality or the local governing body of the established village. In the absence of a local governing body for an established village, community work shall be performed at the direction of the body that has traditionally performed public functions on behalf of the entire community. The value of community work in lieu of a fine is $5.00 per hour. When the community work is completed, the person cited for the violation shall mail or personally deliver to the clerk of the court in which the citation is filed by the peace officer

(1) a form, prescribed by the administrative director of the Alaska Court System, indicating completion of the community work; and

(2) a copy of the citation, indicating that the right to an appearance is waived, a plea of no contest is entered, and that the bail is forfeited or community work has been performed and that all alcoholic beverages seized are forfeited.

(e) When bail has been forfeited or proof of performance of community work under this section has been filed with the court, a judgment shall be entered. Forfeiture of bail or filing proof of performance of community work and forfeiture of all seized items is a complete satisfaction for the violation. The clerk of court accepting the bail or the form indicating performance of community work shall provide the offender with a receipt stating that fact, if requested.

(f) If the person fails to pay the bail amount established under (c) of this section, or fails to provide proof of performance as specified in (d)(1) of this section to the court, the citation is considered a summons.

(g) Notwithstanding other provisions of law, if a person cited for a violation of AS 04.11.501 or an ordinance adopted under AS 04.11.501 for which a bail amount has been established under (c) of this section appears in court and is found guilty, the penalty that is imposed for the offense may not exceed the bail amount for that offense established under (c) of this section.

(h) A violation of AS 04.11.501 or an ordinance adopted under AS 04.11.501 may not be considered a criminal offense and may not result in imprisonment, nor is a fine imposed for a violation considered criminal punishment. A person cited for a violation does not have a right to a jury trial or court appointed counsel.

(i) The commissioner of public safety shall prescribe and provide a suitable standard citation form that is in a form necessary to identify the offender, to identify the offense, and to meet the needs of public safety and administration of justice.

(j) A municipality shall adopt a citation form that is equivalent to that prescribed by the commissioner under (i) of this section.

All content © 2008 by Touch N' Go/Bright Solutions, Inc.

Note to HTML Version:

This version of the Alaska Statutes is current through December, 2007. The Alaska Statutes were automatically converted to HTML from a plain text format. Every effort has been made to ensure their accuracy, but this can not be guaranteed. If it is critical that the precise terms of the Alaska Statutes be known, it is recommended that more formal sources be consulted. For statutes adopted after the effective date of these statutes, see, Alaska State Legislature If any errors are found, please e-mail Touch N' Go systems at E-mail. We hope you find this information useful.