Hawaii statute 127a-29 describes what the legal consequences of a misdemeanor conviction are. Specifically, it states that violations of the emergency stay-at-home order are considered a “full” misdemeanor crime. A misdemeanor provides you with the right to a trial by jury, mainly because of the harsh penalties on conviction. For instance, if you are found guilty of violating the state’s stay-at-home order, the consequences can be severe including up to one year of your life in jail, and a maximum fine of up to $5,000.
This is just one example of a crime that is considered a misdemeanor in Hawaii. Some crimes are considered “petty” misdemeanors, which do not provide you with a right to a jury trial. Some other types of crimes that could result in misdemeanor charges, both full and petty, include:
Honolulu 127A-29 also states that any individual who knowingly or intentionally destroys, loses, or damages a warning device, a protective device, a signal device, or a shelter can be sentenced to up to one year in jail and be fined the cost of replacing the lost, destroyed, or damaged device.
Michael was co-counsel representing a maritime worker that was injured when a negligent employee struck him in the head with a bell hammer attached to a crane. Pre-trial offer was $0.00.
SR v. TS, et al. – I represented an elderly client that was the injured and was the victim of fraud and theft by thieves using a forged power of attorney and forged deed. Pre-trial offer was $2,500.00.
The type of defensive strategy that will best suit your case will be largely based on the type of misdemeanor you were charged with.
For example, if you were charged with a DUI, it may be possible to argue that you were stopped unlawfully, or that the chemical blood alcohol concentration (BAC) results were inaccurate. Or if you were charged with shoplifting based on a witness account, arguing that your identity was mistaken could be the right option for you.
In some instances, accepting a plea agreement may also be the best option. Your criminal defense lawyer in Honolulu must carefully review the details of your case to determine which defense is most likely to produce a favorable outcome in your case.
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When you are ready to get help with your charges under Honolulu § 127a-29, but you aren’t sure how to proceed with your case, contact dedicated Honolulu misdemeanor lawyer, Michael Fayard, Attorney at Law, for assistance.
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