Honolulu Domestic Violence Lawyer
Protecting Our Clients Against Domestic Abuse Charges in Honolulu County
Domestic violence or abuse is a very serious matter aggressively prosecuted
in Honolulu courts. This is done to protect family and household members
in our state from becoming victims and to punish those who engage in such
behavior. However, many domestic abuse accusations are based on lies,
exaggerations, misleading statements, and other falsehoods that can have
a devastating effect on the life of the accused.
If you or someone you know has been accused of or arrested for domestic
violence or abuse in the greater Honolulu area, we urge you to get qualified
legal representation. At Landsberg Law Office, we have been representing
those accused of various types of domestic violence for the past 16 years.
We are well-versed in Hawaii law, court procedures, and defense strategies
that may work to your advantage in such a case. Having defended individuals
in more than 1,000 cases, we understand the consequences and how to fight
them in court.
Have you been charged with domestic violence in Hawaii? Call Landsberg
Law Office today at (808) 468-7292 or
contact us online to schedule a meeting with our Honolulu domestic violence attorney!
Who May be Part of a Domestic Violence Case?
Under Hawaii law, the following people may be part of a domestic violence case:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Persons registered as current or former reciprocal beneficiaries
- Person related by blood
- Individuals who have a child in common
- Parents and children
- Individuals currently cohabiting or have formerly cohabited
- Dating or former dating partners
What is The Penalty for Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence or abuse can include assault, sexual assault, harassment,
stalking, or maliciously destroying domestic property. It can involve
physical harm as well as psychological harm, or imminent threat of bodily
injury. It is punishable in a first offense charged as a misdemeanor by
48 hours in jail. A second conviction will incur the label of a repeat
offender and is punishable by up to 30 days in jail. A subsequent conviction
within two years will be charged as a Class C
felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Class C felony charges will also occur in cases where the alleged defendant
attempted to strangle or choke the victim.
An additional penalty in any domestic violence case can include the issuing
of a temporary restraining order or protective order for a period of up
to three years maximum. TROs and protective orders can also be extended
through court hearings. Courts may also order anger management programs
as well as restitution to victims for any medical expenses or damage to
What Should I do if I Was Arrested for Domestic Violence in Honolulu, Hawaii?
A police officer can arrest you for domestic violence without a warrant
when called to your residence if they have any indication that abuse has
occurred. When in such a situation, you should maintain your composure,
refuse to answer any questions, and politely request legal representation
until you get it.
Domestic violence cases are often based on volatile emotions connected
with relationship breakups, divorce, and child custody cases. Allegations
may be based on revenge, spite, and an attempt to gain the upper hand
in a court case.
Why You Need a Qualified Criminal Defense Attorney
Aside from the criminal penalties, a domestic violence conviction can leave
you with a permanent criminal record that can make future job, housing,
and professional licenses difficult. It can also include a social stigma
that is difficult to overcome.
For all these reasons as well as those involving your freedom and finances,
we urge you to reach out to
Landsberg Law Office as soon as possible.
Contact Landsberg Law Office today for a FREE consultation!