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The State Laws of Alaska

The State Laws of Alaska


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Alaska Abortion Laws

Within the state of Alaska, Abortion is defined as the purposeful termination of a pregnancy through procedural means. Subsequent to the decision of Roe v. Wade, abortion became legal within the United States – however, Alaska state legislation expresses a variety of stipulations with regard to a legal abortion process:

•    A legal abortion may occur in the event that the protection and preservation of the life of the mother carrying a fetus is compromised as a result of a pregnancy; an abortion can take place in order to save the life of the mother only upon accredited and sanctioned medical review – only a licensed medical doctor will be permitted to both review and perform cases of abortion within the state of Alaska

•    An illegal abortion is deemed as an abortion process that occurs in the event that the health and wellbeing of the mother is not in danger; furthermore, an illegal abortion is defined as a procedure that occurs outside of legal, accepted, and authorized medical procedural protocol – in the state of Alaska, public funds may be used for abortions only in the case(s) of sexual assault and incest

•    Alaska abortion is defined under code

•    The statutory definition of an illegal abortion in Alaska is the act of knowingly violating the standard for legal abortion. The statutory definition of an abortion in Alaska is the termination of pregnancy of a nonviable fetus. 

•    The penalty for an unlawful abortion in Alaska is a fine to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to 5 years; partial birth abortion is a Class C felony.

Alaska Marijuana Laws

Within the state of Alaska, the possession of Marijuana – or Cannabis products – as well as the acts of growing or distributing marijuana without the expressed permission of the Alaska State Government is a punishable, criminal offense. The following penalties are associated with Marijuana within the state of Alaska:

•    Marijuana laws in Alaska are defined under Code Section 11.71.0101, et seq.

•    To possess marijuana with reckless disregard (possession within 500 feet of a school or recreation center or on a school bus or to knowingly maintain storage for keeping/distributing or to render a drug counterfeit or to possess 25 or more plants is regarded as a class C felony in the state of Alaska.

Alaska DWI and DUI Laws

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving while under the influence (DUI) charges exist in the event that an individual ingests illegal drugs, alcohol, or controlled-substances, which may impair their respective ability to safely operate a motor vehicle; the following DUI and DWI laws exist within the state of Alaska:

•    Zero tolerance laws exist in the event that an individual below the legal age permissible to consume alcohol is suspected to be unlawfully operating a motor vehicle; within the state of Alaska, the Zero Tolerance Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) cannot exceed .02%

•    The BAC limit for individuals operating motor vehicles may not reach .08%; this can constitute a DUI or DWI offense

•    In Alaska, there currently exist no supplementary penalties incurred due to BAC levels exceeding the expressed, legal limit

•    Implied consent is a legal instrument that is employed within the realm of a DUI Arrest that entails a verbal or written contract resulting from the willing participation in a regulated activity, such as the operation of a motor vehicle; within Alaska, law enforcement agents are permitted to act in accordance with implied consent laws

•    Upon a DUI or DWI conviction, and individuals is subject to undergo the loss of driving privileges for a period of no less than 90 days’ time;  penalties can range upwards of 1 year in addition to the installation of an ignition interlock device

Alaska Gun Laws

•    Alaska Gun laws do not require a state permit to purchase, a firearm registration, or a license of ownership for handguns or long guns.

•    A carry permit is required for handguns but not long guns.

Alaska Adoption Laws

In the state of Alaska, an individual who has been deemed as a law-abiding citizen who is of sound mind and moral character is permitted to adopt a child:

•    Within the state of Alaska, and individual must maintain residence for a period of no less than 6 months

•    Any individual may be adopted; children above the age(s) of 14 must express consent with regard to a potential adoption

•    Within the state of Alaska, the Department of Family Services mandates all adoptions

Alaska Employment and Labor Laws

•    Within the state of Alaska, the minimum wage is 5 dollars and 15 cents awarded per hour of labor

•    State Holidays are listed as: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – Veteran’s Day, Wyoming Equality Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, and President’s Day result in the closing of public institutions only upon the decision set forth by the local board of trustees and government

•    Within the state of Alaska, an individual’s employ cannot be terminated in the event that they report a violation or hazard taking place with regard to their respective employment – or place of employment

Alaska Divorce Laws

Within the state of Alaska, a divorce is defined as the termination of a marriage, which can occur upon a decision set forth by one or both partners involved in the marriage:

•    A divorce must be filed subsequent to 60 days residence within the state of Alaska; in the event that an individual –or individuals – were married in Alaska and lived there on a continuous basis, a time constraint for filing does not exist

•    ‘No Fault’ divorce does exist on the grounds of irreconcilable differences

Alaska Death Penalty Laws 

•    Capital Punishment in the state of Alaska is not authorized.

Alaska Gambling Laws

Within the state of Alaska, Gambling is defined as the purposeful risking of any or all assets, property or monies with the intention of gain; a primary stipulation exists that expressed that the individual retains no control of peripheral outcome(s) with regard to any wagers set forth:

•    Horse Racing and off-track betting in Alaska is prohibited.

•    Wagering on dog racing is only allowed in the form of Dog mushers’ contests.

•    All gambling devices, such as casinos are banned.

•    Several games of chance and/or skill are allowed including: bingo, Canned Salmon Classic, Fish Derby, Ice Classic, Rain Classic and numbers wheels.

Alaska Child Laws

Within the state of Alaska, the following stipulations with regard to child laws and child custody are recognized:

•    Joint custody is permitted

•    The rights implied within grandparental visitation are recognized

•    The wishes of any or all children involves are taken into consideration with regard to a custody decision