Honolulu Felony Attorney
More Than 20 Years of Experience Defending Felonies
Felony charges require a knowledgeable and vigorous defense. Our experience when it comes to successfully defending clients involved in felonious activity has stood a two-decades-test of time. At Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law, we work hard to achieve a favorable case outcome.
What Is A Felony?
These cases are divided into three classes:
- Class A — The most serious crimes; these are punishable by 20 years to life in prison.
- Class B — These crimes are punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.
- Class C — The lowest class of felonies mandates a maximum of five years in prison.
Methods Used in Charging Felonies
Felonies are charged using three different methods in Hawaii. These methods are:
- A preliminary hearing — After you are arrested, the prosecutor files a complaint. The prosecutor must present evidence that illustrates probable cause that you committed a crime.
- A grand jury indictment — This is a closed-door proceeding in which a grand jury examines the evidence and determines if there is sufficient probable cause to charge you with a crime. If the grand jury returns an indictment, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
- Information charging — In this case, a judge determines if there is probable cause based on information provided in an affidavit.
Which Types of Crimes Are Felonies?
Felonies are the most serious crimes and convictions for them can result in lengthy prison sentences.
Felonies include, but are not limited to:
- First- and second-degree murder
- Negligent homicide in the first and second degrees
- First-degree negligent injury
- First-, second- and third-degree sexual assaults
- First-, second- and third-degree arson
- First- and second-degree theft
- Identity theft
- Drug crimes
- White collar crimes
Felony cases can be time-consuming and complicated. With experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, Myles S. Breiner has a unique perspective that sets him apart from other defense attorneys.