Honolulu Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
Reputable, Trusted, & Thorough Defender by Your Side
If you are facing criminal charges related to illegal drugs in the state of Hawaii, you should seek the services of a proven legal professional who can help you combat charges and penalties. At Landsberg Law Office, we have a strong track record of positive results in handling all types of criminal charges, including those involving illegal streets as well as unauthorized prescription medicines.
You could be facing jail or prison time, heavy fines, probation, and other court-ordered programs that could interfere with your career or job as well as your social standing. Furthermore, a conviction of a drug crime will leave you with a permanent criminal record that can cause problems in the future gaining employment, housing, educational aid, and keeping or acquiring a professional license. When up against such consequences, fighting for the best possible outcome will depend on the quality of your representation. Our Honolulu drug crimes defense lawyer has built a strong reputation for competence, preparation, and commitment to clients.
Arrange for a free, initial consultation by reaching out to us online or at (808) 468-7292. Learn where you stand and how best you can be defended against any drug charge.
What Are Examples of Drug Crimes in Hawaii?
Like all states, Hawaii prohibits various activities related to such illegal drugs as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, synthetic marijuana, PCP, and other street drugs as well as illegally- obtained medical drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, Valium, Adderall, and more. These drugs are classified into five “schedules,” based on the degree of harm and potential for addiction they may cause. Schedule I drugs are considered to be the most harmful followed by other drugs in a descending order.
Drug crimes can include:
- Simple possession
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to sell
- Drug distribution/sales
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
What Are the Penalties for Drug Crimes?
If convicted of any of these crimes, you may be facing felony penalties. The most serious felony charge is a Class A felony that can include up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000. For example, possession of one ounce or more of dangerous controlled substances such as heroin, morphine, or cocaine is charged at this level.
Aside from these penalties, you may also face additional charges and penalties for such offenses as money laundering, conspiracy, and racketeering and may face forfeiture of any property associated with such offenses.
It is a Class B felony to possess one-eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine, heroin, morphine, or cocaine. This offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. It is a Class C felony to possess drug paraphernalia which carries penalties of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $1,000.
The possession of three grams or less of marijuana has been decriminalized in Hawaii. However, you may still be hit with a citation and the potential for a fine of up to $130. Possession of more than three grams up to an ounce is classified as a misdemeanor carrying penalties of up to 30 days in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. Possession of one ounce up to one pound is also a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $2,000 while amounts above a pound carry felony charges punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $10,000.
Fight Your Charges with Strong Legal Advocacy
Hawaii has long had drug diversion programs due to a heavy drug addiction problem in the state. If you are charged with possession of a small amount of any drug and it is your first offense, you may be eligible for such a program in lieu of jail time and fines. However, no matter what the charges may be that you face, you can count on a professional and thorough handling of your case throughout the entire legal process. Our aim is to help you navigate the system towards the end of achieving the best possible outcome.Get the legal help you need to fight drug charges – contact Landsberg Law Office at (808) 468-7292.