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Blog Posts in 2015

  • How Are Rape Cases Handled in the Military?

    When a member of the military is accused of committing a sex crime , be it rape or sexual assault, they will be charged under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This differs from civilian criminal proceedings in that servicemembers will be tried before a court martial—and thus, subject to punishment under military law. Many times, the penalties imposed for military sex ...
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  • Understanding Your Rights During a DUI Traffic Stop

    If you have ever been pulled over for suspected drunk driving in Hawaii, you know that it's not a pleasant experience. To make matters worse, you may not even understand your rights. When a police officer asks you questions like "Have you been drinking tonight?" you may not know how to answer. When they ask you to step out of the vehicle and participate in a series of field sobriety tests, you may ...
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  • Could an Honest Mistake Lead to Tax Evasion Charges?

    Simply put, it is a crime to provide misleading or false information on your taxes. Whether you intentionally underreport your income, use a fake Social Security number, keep two sets of financial records or claim a non-existent spouse as a dependent, you could face federal charges for tax fraud. What happens, however, when your actions were more careless than fraudulent? The IRS estimates that ...
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  • Understanding the Sexual Assault Laws in Hawaii

    In the state of Hawaii, most sex crimes will fall under the scope of first, second, third or fourth degree sexual assault. While there were previously separate charges for offenses like rape and statutory rape, most of these crimes now fall under the umbrella of "sexual assault." The severity of these charges will depend on a number of different factors, however, including the victim's age and the ...
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  • Will I Go to Jail for a First-Time DUI Offense in Hawaii?

    In Hawaii, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. More specifically, you cannot drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater—regardless of whether or not your ability to drive has actually been impaired. If you are caught driving with any amount of alcohol in your system as a minor driver (under the age of 21), you could also be ...
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