Rustam A. Barbee

Attorney at Law

When you are charged with a crime, work with an attorney you can trust.

Our Mission Statement

To provide zealous representation within the bounds of the law.

Over 30 years of Experience

The Legal Representation You Need.

Excessive Speeding Tickets

If you have been stopped for excessive speeding on Oahu’s H-1, H-2 or H-3, take a moment to consider your options. If you decided to plead no contest or guilty, you will be convicted of a petty misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense. Mandatory penalties for conviction include license suspension, community service, or jail and drivers improvement classes. You do have rights, and do NOT have to plead guilty. In addition to that, your insurance rates will go up, for conviction of excessive speeding.

Traffic Crimes & Violations

Traffic violations can affect your driver’s license and can have a significant impact on your life, especially if you depend on your driving ability to do your job. You can pay the traffic citation online, and hope that the whole mess is behind you. More importantly, you do have the right to consult with a criminal defense attorney, who will take aggressive action for you, help protect your driving record and work hard to create a positive outcome.

Federal Criminal Charges

 As a former prosecutor,  Attorney Barbee learned techniques to charge and convict defendants.  As a federal criminal defense attorney, he uses this insight to prepare a defense that gives his clients the advantage in court.  Attorney Barbee handles a number of federal criminal defense needs for his clients, including cases involving:

Drug trafficking or possession of drugs, homicide , murder, white collar crimes including fraud and embezzlement , firearms cases, conspiracy, and racketeering

The Legal Representation You Need

Rustam has over 30 years of experience in practicing law. He has worked as a prosecutor before he started his own law firm. Rustam has handled many complex cases for his clients, both inside and outside the courtroom.

As a friendly and compassionate person, Rustam always makes sure that his clients get proper legal representation and are well-informed of the legal processes they are going through. He takes all the necessary actions to protect your rights.

Cases Rustam Handles

Rustam offers criminal defense services to help individuals who are facing serious charges. He works on cases involving drug crimes such as the distribution or possession of controlled substances. Rustam also handles white-collar crimes including fraud and embezzlement.

Aside from these, he offers legal advice and represents individuals who have received traffic tickets in Hawaii, including excessive speeding, hit and run, racing or reckless driving; (DUI/OUVII); If you have been charged for driving under the influence (DUI) or operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII), Rustam will give you the legal services you require.

Whether you are a licensed driver in Hawaii, a military member, or just a visiting tourist licensed in another state, Rustam will help you build a strong defense to protect your license and negotiate with the prosecuting attorney. Since he has worked on several hundreds of traffic violation cases, he can explore options to minimize the consequences of the charges you are facing.

What is The Process Like?

Common Questions and Answers:

Know Your Rights: What Happens If I Am Arrested?

It is very important for people who are involved in legal proceedings to get accurate information regarding the process. Rustam A. Barbee recently assisted the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) in revising a pamphlet about the rights of arrested individuals.

Readers of this pamphlet will be reminded that each case is different and dependent on facts. They will also be advised to obtain competent legal advice about their specific case.

If you are interested in acquiring a copy of this pamphlet or other informative materials, get in touch with HSBA. You may call them at (808) 537-1868.

The Legal Process

The police can arrest a person if they have probable cause or a warrant. Probable cause is present if the facts and circumstance would lead someone to believe that a crime has been or is being committed.

An arrest occurs if the police significantly deprive an individual of his or her liberty. After an arrest, the authorities must inform the suspect of their constitutional rights if they want to interrogate or question him or her. These rights include the following:

  • The right not to answer questions
  • The right to have an attorney’s advice and assistance
  • The right to stop the questioning

The police may determine the suspect’s identity and address without first informing the suspect about these rights. If they obtain a confession from an arrested individual but fail to read them their rights beforehand, the judge may later rule the confession to be inadmissible at trial.

Generally, police need permission or a search warrant before searching a person, their car, or their property. If the authorities have a reasonable suspicion that a person is armed, they may frisk the individual’s outer clothing for weapons. The police may also search the arrested person and the immediate area after making an arrest.

If the police make an arrest, the suspect must either be released or charged with an offense and brought before a judge within 48 hours. When a suspect first appears before a judge, the accused is informed of the charges. The individual may also be released on bail or other surety to appear for later court proceedings. This will still depend on the person’s criminal record and the charges against him or her.

Hiring a Lawyer

As with all proceedings, being arrested and charged with a crime is a serious matter. This is why getting help from an experienced lawyer is important. A lawyer must have extensive training and specialized skills so that he or she can assist the client in making crucial decisions. Lawyers can provide advice about when to permit searches, give statements, or invoke constitutional rights if they are consulted with as soon as possible.

When choosing the right lawyer to work with, one should seek an attorney with experience and competence in his or her field. Many attorneys are willing to schedule an initial consultation at reduced rates or sometimes no cost at all. If an individual cannot afford to hire a lawyer, he or she should reach out to his or her local public defender to see if he or she qualifies for legal advice and representation.