Hawaii Criminal Defense Attorney
Frequently Asked Questions about Criminal Cases
What is an arraignment and do I need an attorney?
An arraignment is generally a first appearance in court where a judge will inform you of the charges filed against you. You will then enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the offenses you are accused of. If you enter a plea of not guilty, then the judge will usually set a date for the next step in the legal process and will consider any requests concerning your bail. You can handle the arraignment without an attorney, but it is always best to involve a Hawaii criminal defense lawyer from our firm in your case as early as possible. In some cases, our firm may be able to intervene in your favor before formal charges have been filed and have them reduced or dropped.
Should I represent myself in a criminal case?
If you are facing a minor traffic offense, then you will probably want to handle it on your own. If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony that involves possible jail time, then you should have the legal advice of an experienced attorney who can help you avoid the serious consequences you may be facing. Because you do not understand all of the procedures, nuances, and legal aspects of the criminal court system, you should have legal counsel. This will ensure that your rights are protected and that you are given the best possible chance of justice in the courts.
What rights do I have before a criminal arrest is made?
You have the right to remain silent and by doing so, you would not be incriminating yourself. You also have the right to not be subjected to an unreasonable search and seizure. Rules and regulations govern search and seizure and any evidence taken in violation of these made not be used against you in court. You also have the right to an attorney and to a trial. If you suspect that you will be charged in a criminal case, you should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney from our firm for legal counsel.
What happens if I refuse to take a breathalyzer test when stopped for a DUI?
If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test or a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol concentration, your license will be suspended immediately until a court hearing is scheduled. Suspension will last from ninety days to a year. You should contact a Hawaii DUI attorney for legal assistance.
To learn more about your criminal case in Hawaii, contact a Hawaii criminal defense attorney from our firm today.