Honolulu DUI Lawyer
Fighting DUI & Negligent Homicide Charges in Hawaii
Depending on the case, a DUI can either be a misdemeanor or a felony, meaning the possible penalties will vary significantly based on the case’s facts. It helps to have a qualified defense attorney on your side to help you with your case. At Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law, we have a long, successful history in representing clients who have been charged with DUI offenses.
The acronym OVUII is used in Hawaii. It stands for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. OVUII and DUI are often used interchangeably in Hawaii.
The Penalties for Driving Drunk in Hawaii
In Hawaii, drunk driving offenses are considered misdemeanors. The consequences of DUI offenses differ based on the recurrence of convictions, as you can see below:
- First offense — If this is your first DUI or if your last DUI was more than five years ago, then you will have a 90-day license suspension. You may also need to pay a fine of $150 to $1,000 and perform community service.
- Second offense — A second DUI offense within the span of five years is punishable by 5 to 14 days in jail, bigger fines, and license suspension for 1 year.
- Third offense — If you are convicted of a third drunk driving offense within a period of five years from the former two convictions, you will face 10 to 30 days in jail, be fined $500 to $2,000, and have your license suspended for 1 to 5 years.
The punishments will be more serious if a minor younger than 15 is present in your car with you during the offense. If you decline to take a blood or breath test to identify your blood alcohol level, your license will be suspended for one year. However, a skilled defense attorney may be able to lessen the consequences of your DUI.
Is a DUI a Felony in Hawaii?
In Honolulu, a DUI (OVUII) can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the offense. A first or second DUI offense within ten years is generally charged as a misdemeanor. A third or subsequent offense or an offense resulting in an accident with severe injury or death may be charged as a felony.
It's important to note that DUI laws can vary by jurisdiction, so it's always best to consult with a Honolulu DUI attorney if you have been charged with a DUI.
Drunk Driving & Negligent Homicide in Honolulu
Drunk driving can result in homicide charges. If you cause another person’s death while negligently driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then you will be charged with the Class B felony of first-degree negligent homicide. Similarly, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury or death to another person will also lead to a felony charge.
At our firm, we strive to offer you the care and respect you deserve while facing challenging legal issues. We are committed to helping you through the criminal justice process and working tirelessly to resolve the case to your favor.
Get in Touch with an Experienced Attorney
Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law can provide you with an understanding and relaxed atmosphere. Visit us at our Honolulu office to discuss your DUI or OVUII case. We will work with you to develop a flexible payment plan.