If you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) while vacationing in Hawaii, you may not know what to do next. Being arrested for a criminal offense can be a terrifying experience all on its own, but being far away from home only adds to the complexity. That being said, the first thing that you should do is speak with a Honolulu criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC after being arrested for an out-of-state DUI offense.
Our firm has won more than 3,000 criminal cases over the last 20 years, many of which involved DUI charges, so you can trust that your future will be in capable hands when you come to us for help. We are intimately familiar with the state's DUI laws, as well as the impact that an out-of-state DUI conviction could have in your home state, so we encourage you to contact us today. Getting started is as easy as scheduling an initial consultation with our firm.
In Hawaii, you only have 10 days to request a hearing with the Administration Driver's License Revocation Agency (ADLRO) if you want to contest the suspension of your license. Otherwise, you will lose your driving privileges, so the sooner you act, the better off you will be. Since Hawaii is part of the "Driver's License Compact"—along with 44 other states and the District of Columbia—you can also expect that your DUI arrest will be reported to your home state.
If you are convicted of DUI in Hawaii, your license could be suspended here and in your home state. You could also face fines and jail time, so it is recommended that you contact a lawyer.
The penalties for a first-time DUI offense include:
If you are convicted of your second DUI, you could face up to 14 days in jail, up to $1,500 in fines and a one-year license suspension. For a third DUI, the jail time increases to 30 days.
After being arrested for drunk driving in another state, you have no time to waste. Not only could you be facing penalties in Hawaii, but you could also be penalized when you return home. For this reason, you should move quickly to retain the help of a Honolulu criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC as soon as you have been arrested.
Contact our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation!