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.
The typical first offense DUI cost
To get a basic idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.
A first-time offender may be subject to one or more of the following penalties:
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.