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What to do if you get a DUI in Hawaii while on vacation

Millions of people travel to Hawaii every year to enjoy the scenic views and delicious food. However, some people who visit have a little too much fun. Law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for any intoxicated drivers on the road. These efforts led to the arrests of 30 people in Hawaii during the week of the Fourth of July holiday.

When the police arrest a person who is from another state for driving under the influence, the legal proceedings tend to become a little more complicated than normal. For the individual arrested, it is paramount for him or her to contact an attorney immediately. Failure to do so can result in far more headaches down the road. 

In some cases, an attorney can represent you in court without you there

For the first offense for a DUI, a convicted person can expect to receive a fine in between $150 and $1,000 in addition to enrollment in a drug and alcohol program. The person can also have his or her license revoked for up to one year. A DUI attorney will fight for the person's rights to try to get the case thrown out or the charges reduced. If you can hire a lawyer right away, then it is possible that you can go back to your home state without having to appear in court in Hawaii. This will not happen for all cases, but it is advantageous to hire a lawyer regardless so that someone will collect evidence on the person's behalf. 

You ensure the matter reaches an amicable resolution

In the event that you do not hire a lawyer, then you will need to appear for your own arraignment. With a lawyer, you will have someone to communicate on the islands who will keep you in the loop every step of the way. A DUI will not go away on its own, so it's important to be responsible after making such a mistake. 

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