Successfully Defending Misdemeanors for 25 Years

Misdemeanors are typically minor crimes that can be handled quickly. However, an effective defense attorney gives you the peace of mind that you won't suffer any undue consequences. At the Law Offices of Myles S. Breiner, we work diligently to resolve your case expediently, with your goals in mind.

What Are The Differences?

Hawaii law says a crime is a misdemeanor if it is punishable by no more than one year in jail. Petty misdemeanors are punishable by no more than 30 days in jail. There is no right to a jury trial for petty misdemeanor charges, and a judge will make all decisions regarding your case. Violations are not considered crimes and only require fines or a fine and civil forfeiture.

What Crimes Are Misdemeanors?

Common misdemeanors include minor drug offenses, assaults and DUI charges. Specific misdemeanor crimes are:

  • Third-degree negligent homicide
  • Fourth-degree sexual assault
  • Fourth-degree arson
  • Third-degree theft
  • Promoting a detrimental drug in the second degree

Do Petty Misdemeanors Have Consequences?

Yes. Petty misdemeanors may seem fairly harmless, but if your charges are not dealt with correctly, you will notice the adverse effects. Petty misdemeanors include:

  • Fourth-degree theft
  • Traffic violations, such as excessive speeding, driving without a license and reckless driving
  • Harassment
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree

Traffic violations in particular can wreak havoc in your personal life. Despite facing only petty misdemeanor charges, you will likely be required to pay steep fines and your license will be suspended. You may also notice a negative impact on your insurance coverage.

Even though misdemeanors and petty misdemeanors are not considered serious and dangerous crimes, they carry penalties that negatively can impact your future. When dealing with them, you need an attorney that understands all facets of the criminal justice system to protect your interests.

Contact Us For Help

Trust the Law Offices of Myles S. Breiner in Honolulu to protect your present and future interests involving any kind of misdemeanor or violation. We offer flexible payment plans and office hours to suit your needs. Call us at 808-526-3426 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.