First Offense DUI/OVUII in Hawaii
A first offense DUI in Hawaii (referred to as an OVUII -- operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant) carries the potential of both criminal and administrative penalties. Additionally, Hawaii provides enhanced penalties for offenders arrested with a minor (child under age of 15) present in the vehicle at the time of the stop.
- Refusals to submit under implied consent laws in Hawaii result in mandatory license revocation of one (1) year
- First offense DUI/OVUII in Hawaii results in one-year revocation of license and privilege to operate a vehicle during the revocation period and installation during the revocation period of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle operated by the offender.
A first-time offender may be subject to one or more of the following penalties:
- Seventy-two hours of community service work
- Not less than forty-eight hours and not more than five days of imprisonment; and/or
- a fine of not less than $150 but not more than $1,000
- Convictions influence sentencing and nature of charges of subsequent DUI arrests for a period of five (5) years
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Although the state of Hawaii bars by statute any plea option involving reduction of DUI charges to a lesser criminal offense, the state does not prohibit negotiating favorable plea deals or working towards outright dismissal of charges. Having legal counsel may prove beneficial in this case-specific process.