Domestic Violence/Abuse Lawyer in Honolulu
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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.
Arrested for a domestic violence crime? Get a free, initial consultation with a Honolulu domestic violence/abuse defense attorney by reaching out at (808) 468-7292 or through our online request form.
Domestic Violence Offenses in Hawaii
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
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 domestic property.
Arrests for Domestic Violence in 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.
Get aggressive and responsible legal help by contacting us online or at (808) 468-7292 today.