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.

Administrative Penalties

  • 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.

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.

Criminal Penalties

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

Talk to a Lawyer

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.


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