Traffic Crimes Include:
DUI / OVUII
If you are facing criminal charges for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII - Hawaii acronym), a traffic or criminal offense related to alcohol or drugs or other type of charge that constitutes a criminal traffic offense, contact the Law Office of John Schum immediately for a free, no-obligation consultation. This is crucial to your case and your future.
A first time DUI in Hawaii may appear to almost be harmless because of the relatively lenient sentence but it is not. A DUI is considered to be a phased offense and future stops will be punished much more severely and can included a life-time loss of your drivers license (even if you are not convicted) and mandatory jail time.
In Hawaii, there are two separate systems that handle a suspected DUI:
The Administrative Drivers License Revocation Office (ADLRO) determines whether your license should be suspended or revoked in an administrative hearing
And the District Court determines if you violated the law and need to be punished in a criminal hearing.
It is important to remember that these two entities are completely separate, they operate in a different manner and you can have inconsistent results between the two. It is important that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you successfully navigate both of these systems.
- John Schum, Hawaii Criminal Defense Attorney