Hawaii Criminal Defense Attorney
After an arrest, you are most likely very emotionally stressed and concerned about how the situation will affect your future. It is crucial that you do not hesitate to retain powerful defense for your case, no matter what charges you face or the circumstances that led to your arrest. The attorneys at the Law Office of Paul J. Cunney work hard to provide every client with a detailed case to challenge the allegations and fight to protect their freedom and interests. Every aspect of the arrest, charges and evidence is thoroughly scrutinized. We search for any deviation from procedure made by the arresting officer or other law enforcement official, any anomaly in the evidence brought against the client and anything in the circumstances that shows that the client is not to blame for the charges. You have rights and a competent criminal defense attorney may be able to get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Areas of Practice
The firm provides powerful defense services to clients charged with all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses. Their team is experienced in aggressively defending those charged with the following types of crimes:
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense, and the penalties are harsh and will severely limit your personal freedoms. If you are arrested and accused of this crime, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to evaluate the circumstances of your arrest and determine if your BAC results were tainted.
If you place a person in reasonable fear for their life or safety through the threat of violence, you could face charges of assault. Additionally, if you intentionally cause bodily harm to that individual, you could be arrested for battery. These two offenses are often charged together, and the consequences can be very serious, depending on the circumstances.
Burglary is a theft crime that involves entering a residence or business with the intent to commit an offense. In order to convict you of this charge, the prosecutor does not have to show that you stole items from the property, but rather that you simply intended to steal something from the property.
Charges for domestic violence typically result from an argument among partners or because one person is bitter and wants to get back at their former partner, and the alleged crime can involve many different offenses. No matter the circumstances, these charges should not be taken lightly, as you could still be sentenced to damaging penalties if convicted.
Hawaii harshly prosecutes drug crimes of all natures, and law enforcement agencies thoroughly investigate suspects in order to bring extensive evidence against them in trial. If you were arrested for a narcotics offense, a lawyer can assess your situation to determine if your rights were violated through an illegal search and seizure and help you fight the charges.
Fraud crimes are nonviolent offenses that involve using dishonest or deceptive methods to obtain financial benefits at the expense of another person or entity. It is common for fraud crimes to violate federal laws and be prosecuted by the federal court, but no matter the factors of your case, you must be confident your attorney has the skill and legal knowledge to challenge the charges you face.
Hit & Run
If you are involved in an accident, it is a crime to flee the scene without first exchanging your contact and insurance information with the other drivers or any victims. The failure to follow this law can lead to harsh criminal charges, and the penalties are increased if a victim was injured in the collision.
Internet Sex Crimes
Sex crimes committed over the internet are varied, but can include such offenses as solicitation, lewd conduct, and child pornography. If you are convicted of an internet sex crime, your relationships, reputation, and future opportunities may be severely impacted, so you must retain proven legal defense to fight for you before the court.
When a person under the age of eighteen commits a crime, they are typically prosecuted through the juvenile court system. Because the alleged offense involves a minor, the court often seeks to rehabilitate the defendant from criminal behavior rather than punish them. It is important to note, however, that if the prosecution successfully charges the child as an adult, they will face the same sentences as any other criminal offender. It is important to have an attorney who can advocate to keep your child’s case in the juvenile court system.
Cases involving alleged sex crimes are often complicated, as the evidence commonly comes down to the word of both parties. Your attorney will need to investigate the testimony and evidence brought against you to expose the flaws and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case and provide your defense with smart and relentless advocacy.
There are numerous theft crimes outlined in state law, and these offenses can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the factors of the alleged crime. If you are accused of committing theft, you need to enlist an experienced defender who can assess whether the prosecution’s evidence was unlawfully gained through illegal search methods and fight to have your charges reduced or dropped.
Although countless traffic tickets are written on a daily basis, these citations should not be taken lightly, as the fines and consequences can add up quickly. If you believe you were wrongfully accused of committing a traffic violation, do not wait to discuss your situation and options with an attorney who can help you contest the ticket and protect your driving privileges.
Some of the most serious crimes defined in state law are those that inflict bodily harm upon one or more victims. Violent crimes include such offenses as assault, homicide, rape, and domestic abuse, and prosecutors will employ extensive resources to pursue your conviction. It is important that you retain an experienced lawyer who can adamantly challenge the charges and fight to protect your freedoms.
White Collar Crimes
There is a wide array of nonviolent offenses that fall under the category of white collar crimes, though they are typically committed through fraudulent means and are financial crimes. These types of offenses commonly fall under federal jurisdiction, so you must be confident your attorney has the qualifications and skill to effectively defend you before the federal court.
Have you been charged with a crime?
The Law Office of Paul J. Cunney has provided the people of Hawaii with dedicated and tireless criminal defense services for decades. The firm ensures their clients receive the best possible chance to obtain a successful verdict by thoroughly preparing for each case and building compelling and comprehensive defenses. With so much at risk, you cannot trust your case to a disinterested public defender who is too overworked to provide your case with the attention you deserve. Do not wait another day to contact the firm and retain the detailed and relentless representation you need to fight your charges!