What Happens If You Are Convicted Of DUI In Hawaii?

Many people charged with DUI think that they have no option but to make the case go away as quickly as possible. They make a decision that leads them to plead guilty without talking to a lawyer about their case.

What these people often fail to realize is that the consequences of a DUI conviction in Hawaii are extremely severe. For a first-time DUI conviction in Hawaii, the following penalties may apply:

  • Fines of $150 to $1,000
  • License suspension of up to 90 days
  • Potential installation of an ignition interlock device, in certain situations
  • The loss of your license for a year if you refuse to take a blood or breath test
  • Increased penalties for any subsequent DUI convictions, which could lead to jail time

In addition to these punishments, you will need to obtain SR-22 insurance coverage. SR-22 policies are extremely expensive and difficult to obtain. You must retain SR-22 coverage for three years after a DUI, and the costs of this insurance often add thousands of dollars to the DUI penalties handed down by the state.

It is extremely important to remember that even one DUI conviction could ruin your career or your chance to advance in your job. If you are required to drive as part of your job, your employer may have no choice but to let you go. A DUI conviction could also result in the loss of certain privileges for military members, so it is essential to hire an experienced attorney to learn how to fight back against these charges.

Attorney Rustam A. Barbee has handled hundreds of DUI cases over the past 25 years. He knows how to prepare a case to help minimize the consequences of a DUI charge. When your future is at stake, you need a strong attorney to help you protect your rights.

Schedule A Free Consultation With Rustam A. Barbee, Attorney At Law

Pleading guilty to your DUI charges without talking to a lawyer is a serious mistake. To learn more about the defenses available to you in your case, call Rustam's Honolulu office at 808-524-4406 or send him an email. Rustam represents clients facing criminal charges throughout Hawaii.