If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Honolulu, it is in your best interest to seek immediate legal counsel from an experienced misdemeanor defense attorney. A misdemeanor charge is a criminal charge, and it should not be taken lightly.
At The Sands Law Group, APLC, our team of highly-skilled, knowledgeable Honolulu misdemeanor defense attorneys will review your case, determine how to proceed, ensure that you fully understand your rights and options, and position you for the best possible outcome.
We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and best interests, offering affordable legal services in English, Arabic, French, Hebrew, and Spanish. Call us today for a confidential consultation about your case.
What is a Misdemeanor in Hawaii?
A misdemeanor is a criminal offense. As such, a conviction can result in hefty fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record. In Hawaii, a misdemeanor is more serious than an infraction (a minor crime that may carry a fine but that does not impose a jail sentence or criminal record), but less serious than a felony (a serious crime that is usually punishable by more than one year in prison, and up to life imprisonment).
Whether you have been charged with DUI, petty theft, or public intoxication, you should contact an experienced misdemeanor deffense attorney without delay. A criminal record can haunt you for years, preventing you from getting housing, the job you want, and even disrupting a child custody arrangement.
Examples of Misdemeanors in Hawaii
In Hawaii, the term misdemeanor applies to an array of small crimes.
Some of the most common examples of misdemeanor offenses include:
- Reckless driving
- Drug possession
- Public drunkenness
- Domestic violence
Skilled legal representation is critical to a favorable outcome if you are facing any type of misdemeanor charges. Contact an experienced Honolulu misdemeanor defense lawyer today.
What Is The Punishment For a Misdemeanor in Hawaii?
In Hawaii, a standard misdemeanor offense is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to one year in jail, whereas a petty misdemeanor offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail.
Benefits of Hiring a Honolulu Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
Some individuals who have been charged with a misdemeanor offense make the mistake of thinking the charges aren’t that serious and attempt to defend them on their own. Many of these individuals end up behind bars, with a permanent record, and spending more money overall than they would have with legal representation.
Furthermore, misdemeanor charges can easily be elevated to felony charges when aggravating circumstances are present. Don’t let a careless mistake turn into a felony conviction.
The legal team at The Sands Law Group, APLC has an impressive track record of getting clients’ charges reduced or dismissed entirely, and we charge affordable rates so that our clients can move on with their lives as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens If I Am Charged With a Misdemeanor?
You may or may not be arrested for the offense you are being charged with. In most cases, you will receive a police citation, ordering you to appear in court for your arraignment on a specific date. In the interim, the District Attorney (DA) will determine the charges against you. You will learn what these charges are at your arraignment, at which point you will be asked to enter a plea.
How Long Does a Misdemeanor Stay On Your Record?
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense, it can remain on your criminal record indefinitely. In layman’s terms, it can stay there forever. However, standard background checks conducted for housing and most jobs generally won’t be able to access this record after a certain number of years. Furthermore, with the help of an experienced defense attorney, you may be able to have a misdemeanor conviction expunged (removed) after a period of time.
Contact Our Compassionate Honolulu Misdemeanor Attorneys
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Hawaii, the skilled Honolulu misdemeanor defense attorneys at The Sands Law Group, APLC can help. We have successfully defended the rights of countless individuals charged with criminal offenses, from shoplifting to attempted murder. Don’t attempt to go through this stressful, complicated process without the help of an experienced misdemeanor attorney by your side. Contact us today for a confidential consultation about your case.