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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 4. Alcoholic Beverages
- Chapter 16. Regulation of Sales and Distribution
- Section 50. Possession, Control, or Consumption By Persons Under the Age of 21.
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AS 04.16.050. Possession, Control, or Consumption By Persons Under the Age of 21.
- (a) A person under the age of 21 years may not knowingly consume, possess, or control alcoholic beverages except those
furnished persons under AS 04.16.051
- (b) A person who violates (a) of this section and who has not been previously convicted or received a suspended imposition
of sentence under (1) of this subsection is guilty of minor consuming or in possession or control. Upon conviction in
the district court, the court
- (1) may grant a suspended imposition of sentence under AS 12.55.085
and place the person on probation for one year or until the person is 21 years of age, whichever is later, if the
person has not been convicted of a violation of this section previously; among the conditions of probation, the court
shall, with the consent of a community diversion panel, refer the person to the panel, and require the person to comply
with conditions set by the panel, including counseling, education, treatment, community work, and payment of fees; in
this paragraph, "community diversion panel" means a youth court or other group selected by the court to serve as a
sentencing option for a person convicted under this section; or
- (2) shall impose a fine of at least $200 but not more than $600, shall require the person to attend alcohol information
school if the school is available, and shall place the person on probation under (e) of this section; the court may
suspend a portion of the fine imposed under this paragraph that exceeds $200 if the person is required to pay for
education or treatment required under (e) of this section.
- (c) A person is guilty of repeat minor consuming or in possession or control if the person was placed on probation under
(b) of this section or has been previously convicted, and the person violates (a) of this section. Upon conviction in
the district court, the court shall
- (1) impose a fine of $1,000 and require at least 48 hours of community work;
- (2) revoke the person's driver's license for three months;
- (3) take possession of the person's driver's license; and
- (4) suspend up to $500 of the fine and place the person on probation under (e) of this section.
- (d) A person is guilty of habitual minor consuming or in possession or control if the person was placed on probation under
(c) of this section, or has been previously convicted twice, and the person violates (a) of this section. Habitual
minor consuming or in possession or control is a class B misdemeanor. Upon conviction, the court may impose an
appropriate period of imprisonment and fine and place the person on probation under (e) of this section and shall
- (1) impose at least 96 hours of community work;
- (2) revoke the person's driver's license for six months;
- (3) within five working days, notify the agency responsible for the administration of motor vehicle laws of the
- (4) take possession of the person's driver's license.
- (e) The court shall place a person sentenced under (b), (c), or (d) of this section on probation for one year, or until
the person is 21 years of age, whichever is later. The person may not refuse probation. The court may require the
person to pay for and enroll in a juvenile alcohol safety action program, if one is available. The court shall impose
the following conditions of probation:
- (1) the person shall pay for and successfully complete any education or treatment recommended;
- (2) the person may not consume inhalants or possess or consume controlled substances or alcoholic beverages, except as
provided in AS 04.16.051(b);
- (3) the person shall timely complete any community work ordered, as provided in (f) of this section; and
- (4) other conditions the court considers appropriate.
- (f) A person ordered to perform community work under this section shall perform the work within 120 days of the entry of
judgment for a conviction. The court may expand the time period for up to 30 days upon a showing of good cause. The
person shall submit verification of completion of community work to the clerk of court on a form provided by the court.
If the verification is not provided within the time period required by this subsection, the court shall, within 30
days, schedule further proceedings in the case to determine whether a violation of probation has occurred.
- (g) The treatment recommended by a juvenile alcohol safety action program for a person placed on probation under (e) of
this section may include a period of inpatient treatment if the judgment specifies the maximum period of inpatient
treatment authorized. A person who has been recommended for inpatient treatment may make a written request to the
sentencing court for review of the referral. A person shall make a request for review within seven days after the
recommendation and shall specifically set out the grounds upon which the request for review is based. The court may
order a hearing on the request for review.
- (h) The juvenile alcohol safety action program to which a person is referred under this section shall inform the court or
a minor's juvenile probation officer if the person fails to submit to evaluation or fails to complete successfully any
education or treatment recommended. If the court finds that the person has failed to perform community work as ordered,
to submit to evaluation, or to complete successfully the education or treatment recommended, the court may impose the
suspended fine, and may impose any period of suspended incarceration. If the person was convicted under (c) or (d) of
this section, the court shall revoke the person's driver's license for an additional six months beyond the revocation
imposed under (c) or (d) of this section. A court revoking a person's driver's license under this subsection shall
notify the agency responsible for the administration of motor vehicle laws of the revocation within five working days.
- (i) When considering the financial resources of a minor for purposes of determining eligibility for court-appointed
counsel under this section, the court shall consider the resources of both the defendant and the defendant's parent or
guardian, unless the court finds good cause to treat the defendant's or the defendant's parent's or guardian's
resources as being unavailable to the defendant.
- (j) A driver's license revocation under this section is consecutive to a revocation imposed under another provision of
law, but is concurrent with a revocation under another provision of law based on a prior conviction, adjudication of
delinquency, or informal adjustment under AS 47.12.060
- (k) In this section,
- (1) "driver's license" has the meaning given in AS 28.90.990
- (2) "juvenile alcohol safety action program" means
- (A) a juvenile alcohol safety action program developed and implemented or approved by the Department of Health and Social
Services under AS 47.37;
- (B) any other alcohol education or treatment program approved by the Department of Health and Social Services under AS 47.37 if a program described in (A) of this paragraph is not
available in the community in which the person resides; or
- (C) a program or counseling approved by the court if a program or treatment described in (A) of this paragraph is not
available in the community where the person resides;
- (3) "previously convicted" means a conviction or an adjudication as a delinquent for a violation of AS 11.71, AS 28.35.030
, 28.35.032, 28.35.280 - 28.35.290, or a law or ordinance in another jurisdiction
with substantially similar elements.
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