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Drug Crimes Charges in Alaska

Being accused of a drug crime in Alaska comes with more than just imprisonment and fines. The people charged with a drug crime face a loss of reputation in their community. Resultantly, those that are accused of drug crimes must enlist the assistance of a seasoned criminal defense attorney. As an Alaskan drug crimes defense lawyer, Eric Derleth is ideally equipped to assist you in getting your charges dropped, acquitted, or getting your drug charges dismissed.

At Trial Guy, we will help you get your charges decreases, or your case dismissed. With over 25 years of experience, our Alaska drug crime lawyers possess a comprehensive understanding of the federal and state legal system to desire your outcomes. Would you please reach out to hire qualified legal assistance right away?

Contact Now or call at 907-262-9164, our drug crime attorney in Anchorage, Soldotna, Kenai, or Palmer/Wasilla today, to learn more about how we can help you.

Drug laws in Alaska

Alaska has its own set of statutes that apply to drugs regulations. Alaska divides drugs, or controlled dangerous substances, into six categories called “schedules.” These schedules are divided according to how “dangerous” they are.

  1. Schedule VIA: This is considered the least lethal category of drug. Marijuana is the only drug classified as schedule VIA.
  2. Schedule VA: This drug is slightly more dangerous than schedule VIA substances. Steroids, codeine, and some opiates are VA drugs.
  3. Schedule IVA: This category comprises many drugs, including barbiturates and diazepam.
  4. Schedule IIIA: Drugs considered schedule IIIA include hashish, tetrahydrocannabinol, and parahexyl.
  5. Schedule IIA: This category contains PCP, peyote, and amphetamine.
  6. Schedule IA: This category is home to some of the most notorious drugs available, including opiate derivatives such as heroin.

Penalties for Selling Drugs in Alaska

Alaska split all controlled dangerous substances (CDS) crimes into five degrees, with misconduct in first-degree being most significant. The sale or distribution of CDS involves all 5 degrees, which all result in felonies except for transgression of the 5th degree.

The following are the five degrees of misconduct, the corresponding penalties, and the actions that warrant each conviction:

1st degree: An unclassified felony, punishable by jail time of 5 to 99 years and a maximum fine of half-million dollars.

  • It includes the sale of any amount containing in Schedule IA to a person under 19 who is at least three years younger than the defendant. 
  • Sale of any amount includes Schedule IIA to a person under 19, three years younger than the defendant.
  • She is involved in a continuing criminal enterprise with at least five other people and gaining substantial income due to felony distribution of drugs.

2nd Degree: Class A felony, punishable by jail time up to 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000

  • Sale of any amount including in Schedule IA.
  • Sale of prohibited chemicals to another individual with reckless disregard that the product will make any substance that covers methamphetamine, its salts, and isomers, etc.

3rd Degree: It falls under Class B felony, punishable by jail time of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $100,000.

  • Sale of any amount of a Schedule IIA or IIIA.
  • Sale of any amount including Schedule IVA, VA, or VIA to a person under 19 who is at least three years younger than the defendant.

4th Degree: It falls under Class C felony, punishable by a maximum five-year jail time and a maximum fine of up to $50,000.

  • Sale of any amount including in Schedule IVA or VA. 
  • Sale of any preparation, compound, or substance with a total weight of one ounce or more containing a Schedule VIA.

5th Degree: It falls under Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Sale of any preparation, compound, or substance with a total weight of less than one ounce which contains a Schedule VIA.

Punishments for Alaska drug crimes

Alaska law categorizes drug charges in 5 degrees, with the minor numbers designating the most severe crimes. Depending on the amount of a drug possessed and its schedule, charges range from serious misdemeanors to felonies.

Punishments for Alaska drug crimes include imprisonment of up to 10 years and fines of no more than $100,000. Repeat offenders may face severe consequences for multiple drug crime convictions in Alaska.

Habitual Drug Offenders in Alaska

Alaska imposes increasingly severe sentences on individuals with any prior felony convictions.

If there is one prior felony conviction, then a 2nd Class B felony conviction brings 4 to 7 years imprisonment. And a 2nd Class C felony conviction carries imprisonment of 2 to 4 years.

If there are two prior felony convictions, then a 3rd Class B felony conviction brings 6 to 10 years imprisonment. A 3rd Class C felony conviction carries a penalty of 3 to 5 years.

Get Free Consultation with an experienced drug crime defense lawyer today!

If you or your loved one has been arrested on suspicion of a drug charge in Alaska, there are multiple steps you can take to guard your rights. Call our Soldotna or Anchorage offices to talk to an experienced drug crime defense attorney and have your questions answered in a confidential, no-obligation, free consultation for all drug cases. 

Remember that anything you tell the officers while investigating can and probably will be used against you. It is best to remain silent until you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer fighting on your behalf. If you have been charged with a felony drug crime in Alaska, contact the criminal defense attorneys at the law offices of the Trial Guy to discover how we can assist you in fighting these serious charges and helping you get your life back on track.

Call your drug crime lawyer, Attorney Eric Derleth, at 907-262-9164. We serve Anchorage, Soldotna, Kenai, and the Palmer/Wasilla areas of Alaska.


With Alaska in his blood, for 25 years, the "Trial Guy," Eric Derleth has helped the people in Anchorage, Kenai, and Palmer / Wasilla areas as a personal injury and criminal lawyer. Born and raised in Soldotna, Eric truly understands Alaska’s laws, the people, and the true nature of Alaska. The Trial Guy was raised in a log cabin in Alaska with a belief in America, and a belief in strong individual liberty guaranteed by our Constitution and was raised to fight for the rights of all of Alaska. Eric has expanded his criminal defense and auto accident injury lawyers practice near you, with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIC