Effective Representation In Hawaii DUI Cases
Penalties for DUI/OVUII in Hawaii can be harsh. When you have been arrested for drinking and driving, it is important to hire a lawyer who knows Hawaii drunk driving law.
When you visit the welcoming downtown Honolulu office of Rustam A. Barbee, Attorney at Law, he will talk with you about how Hawaii drunk driving laws apply to your situation. Rustam will zealously represent you in administrative license revocation hearings and fight criminal fines and suspensions. He will recommend the best course of action for you, taking charge of your case and making sure that everything is done right to get a favorable outcome for you.
Understanding DUI/OVUII Charges In Hawaii
In Hawaii, DUI/OVUII charges are divided into two parts: administrative hearings and criminal proceedings with a judge.
The Administrative Hearing
The first issue that you need to resolve as part of your DUI concerns the suspension of your driver's license. If you have been arrested for DUI/OVUII, you will most likely need to contest an administrative license revocation. You must request a hearing at the Administrative Driver's License Revocation Office, or ADLRO.
It is important to act quickly; otherwise you may lose the right to schedule a hearing. A conditional license permit may be available to Drive a work vehicle as a condition of employment.
The Criminal Case
The second part of your DUI will concern the criminal case, which determines the punishments that will apply if you are convicted. Attorney Barbee will examine every aspect of the charges against you, paying attention to the details. He knows how to challenge the prosecution's case against you such as the legality of the stop, the field sobriety test and the Intoxilyzer (Breathalyzer). Knowing that your freedom and license are at stake, he does not hesitate to make every possible challenge to the prosecution's case against you. Rustam Barbee is truly a zealous advocate for you.
The Use Of Interlock Devices For Those Convicted Of A DUI
Hawaii authorizes the use of ignition interlock devices as a deterrent to drunk driving. These cellphone-sized instruments are installed into the starting circuit of vehicles. The driver blows into the device and the vehicle starts up for a sober driver but will not start for a drunk driver.
Upon approval, the driver installs the interlock system and obtains a permit to drive. The driver also pays a monthly service fee. The law prohibits tampering with or aiding and abetting circumvention of the ignition interlock device.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
Talk with attorney Barbee today about your DUI arrest to see which course of action he recommends. With a comfortable office located in downtown Honolulu, Rustam Barbee can take effective action to get you positive results. Call Rustam at (808) 524-4406 or send an email for a confidential consultation.
What Happens If You Are Convicted Of DUI In Hawaii?
Many people charged with DUI think that they have no option but to make the case go away as quickly as possible. They make a decision that leads them to plead guilty without talking to a lawyer about their case.
What these people often fail to realize is that the consequences of a DUI conviction in Hawaii are extremely severe. For a first-time DUI conviction in Hawaii, the following penalties may apply:
- Fines of $150 to $1,000
- License Suspension/revocation for 1 year
- Potential installation of an ignition interlock device, in certain situations
- Loss of your license for more than a year if you refuse to take a blood or breath test
- Increased penalties which will include mandatory jail time
It is extremely important to remember that even one DUI conviction could ruin your career or your chance to advance in your job. If you are required to drive as part of your job, your employer may have no choice but to let you go. A DUI conviction could also result in the loss of certain privileges for military members, so it is essential to hire an experienced attorney to learn how to fight back against these charges.
Attorney Rustam A. Barbee has handled hundreds of DUI cases over the past 25 years. He knows how to prepare a case to help minimize the consequences of a DUI charge. When your future is at stake, you need a strong attorney to help you protect your rights.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Rustam A. Barbee, Attorney At Law
Pleading guilty to your DUI charges without talking to a lawyer is a serious mistake. To learn more about the defenses available to you in your case, call Rustam's Honolulu office at (808) 524-4406 or send him an email. Rustam represents clients facing criminal charges throughout Hawaii.