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Hawaii DUI Information

In Hawaii, first time DUI offenders will be required to undergo a minimum of 14 hours in a substance abuse/treatment program, which will include both education and counseling.  In addition, first offenders will be subject to a minimum of 48 hours of incarceration with a maximum of five days, 72 hours of community service and a fine ranging from $150.00 to $1,000.00 plus surcharges.

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension of 90 days or, at the court’s discretion, a minimum 30 day suspension with a restricted license being granted for the remainder of the 90 day suspension period.  This type of temporary license will allow the offender to drive to and from certain places, including work, school, medical appointments and/or treatment programs.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face the possibility of an additional license suspension.

Hawaii offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  Any treatment programs ordered will be at the expense of the offender and must generally be completed before driver’s license privileges can, or will, be reinstated.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any measurable trace of alcohol in their system, will be subject to possible fines, community service, license suspension and/or court ordered treatment programs.  Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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