An Experienced Attorney Can Strengthen Your Position
Drunk driving offenses can be relatively minor, but if charged with one, you may face harsher punishments if you don't have a qualified defense attorney to protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Myles S. Breiner, we have a long and successful history representing clients charged with DUI offenses.
Hawaii uses the acronym OVUII, which stands for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Often OVUII and DUI are used interchangeably in Hawaii.
What Are The Penalties For Drunk Driving?
Drunk driving offenses are misdemeanors in Hawaii. The consequences of DUI offenses vary, depending on the frequency of convictions, among other things. For instance:
- First offense — A first conviction for drunk driving automatically results in a 90-day license suspension and will require you to attend a substance abuse program. You may also be required pay a small fine and perform community service.
- Second offense — A second drunk driving conviction within five years may include up to five days in jail or 240 hours of community service, increased fines and license suspension for one year.
- Third offense — If you are convicted of a third drunk driving offense within five years of the previous two convictions, you will be sentenced to at least ten days in jail, have your license suspended for one to five years and be required to pay a fine of $500 to $2,500.
The punishments increase if a child under the age of 15 is present in your vehicle during the offense. If you refuse to submit to a breath or blood test to determine your blood alcohol level, your license will be suspended for one year. A skilled defense attorney may be able to reduce the consequences of your DUI.
Drunk Driving And Negligent Homicide
Drunk driving can lead to felony homicide charges. If you cause the death of another person while negligently operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be charged with the Class B felony of first-degree negligent homicide. Leaving the scene of an accident involving the death of or serious bodily injury to another person will also result in a felony charge.
Our firm's goal is to give you the care and respect you deserve when faced with challenging legal issues. We are dedicated to guiding you through the criminal justice process and working hard resolve your case favorably.
Contact An Experienced DUI Attorney
At the Law Offices of Myles S. Breiner, we provide an understanding and relaxed atmosphere. Visit our Honolulu office anytime to discuss your DUI or OVUII case. We can work with you to devise a flexible payment plan. Call us at 808-526-3426 or contact us online to discuss your case.