Honolulu Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer
Charged with a Sex Crime? We Can Help You!
Accused of an alleged sex crime in Honolulu? Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law puts your rights first. We understand that sexual assault cases are personal, highly emotional, and extremely embarrassing. This is why we strive to provide a compassionate environment for the duration of your case. We will guide our clients, whether adults and juveniles, through the legal system in a manner that is efficient and positive.
At Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law, Honolulu sexual assault defense lawyer Myles Breiner has been representing clients in Hawaii for over 30 years. As a former prosecutor, he possesses an in-depth understanding of how both sides work and can effectively defend your case. We will do whatever it takes to attempt to achieve the lightest sentence possible for your offense—or even get the charges dropped altogether.
Sex Charges Range in Severity
Like with most crimes, sex crimes can vary in severity, meaning punishments vary as well. If accused of a sex crime, you will be punished based on alleged factors such as how much harm was caused during the incident, whether violence was used, how many prior offenses you have on record, and so on.
Sex crimes include:
- Sex trafficking
- Internet solicitation of minors
- Indecent exposure
Categories of sexual assaults:
- First, second, third degrees are chargeable as a felony
- Fourth-degree sexual assault is chargeable as a misdemeanor
Most sexual assault convictions require lifetime registration as a sex offender, which of course can have a massive negative impact on a person’s life. People convicted of sex crimes can suffer life-altering consequences, including lifetime sex offender status and prison time.
It is necessary to consider Hawaii’s tourist trade in understanding cases of sex trafficking, a federal crime that carries significant consequences, in the state. The prostitution industry follows the sun, so there is an increase in prostitution during the winter—and consequently, prostitution-related cases and incidences of sexual assault.
Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law provides strong legal representation for dozens of prostitution and solicitation for prostitution cases in Hawaii each year.
Punishments for Sex Crimes in Hawaii
In Hawaii, there are four classes of sex crimes—first to fourth-degree. First-degree sex crimes are the most serious and fourth-degree crimes the least. For example, knowingly engaging in sexual penetration with a person 14 years of age or younger is a first-degree offense whereas purposefully exposing genitals to another person would likely be considered a fourth-degree crime.
The breakdown of potential punishments is as follows:
- First-degree sexual assault/Class A felony: Punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000.
- Second-degree sexual assault/Class B felony: Punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Third-degree sexual assault/Class C felony: Punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Fourth-degree sexual assault/Misdemeanor: Punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
To help you avoid these, our Honolulu sex crimes defense attorney will build a defense based on your unique situation and needs to help you fight the charge. Our main goal is to secure the lightest possible sentence, if not have your charges dropped altogether. We are happy to assist with criminal appeals as well.
Let Us Help You
Our practice focuses on your needs. We offer flexible payment schedules and office hours. Visit our office, conveniently located in Honolulu, for a consultation—or give us a call. We look forward to fighting for your legal rights.