Honolulu Negligent Injury Defense Lawyer
Strong Advocacy in Criminal Law Cases
Being accused of negligent injury in a traffic accident is a serious criminal
matter that can have various negative consequences for you in the future.
This type of charge involves bodily injury caused to another person while
driving or through the use of a vehicle. Whether you are charged with
a misdemeanor or felony for this offense will depend on the extent of
injury caused and other circumstances, such as if you were driving while
under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
When facing such a charge, you should immediately enlist the help of a
trusted legal professional who can ensure your legal rights are protected
and help you with a strong defense. At Landsberg Law Office, we have been
providing competent criminal defense representation for many years on
the island of Oahu. The work of our Honolulu negligent injury defense
attorney has resulted in many successful results and the respect of local
judges and prosecutors. We believe in thorough investigation and preparation
of all cases so as to create the strongest position possible for all of
our clients. Our aim is to seek the most optimum outcome whether through
a case dismissal, reduction of penalties or charges, or in court at trial.
Accused of negligent injury? Say nothing and request our help by contacting
us at (808) 468-7292. Your initial consultation is complimentary.
What is Negligent Injury in Hawaii?
Under the Hawaii Penal Code, negligent injury occurs in the following ways:
- First-degree negligent injury involves the serious bodily injury of another
by operating your vehicle in a negligent manner or the substantial bodily
injury to a vulnerable user by operating your vehicle in a negligent manner
- Second-degree negligent injury is defined as causing substantial bodily
injury to another by operating your vehicle in a negligent manner
First-degree negligent injury is charged as a Class C felony. Second-degree
negligent injury is charged as a misdemeanor. The law covers negligent
injury to not only the occupants of other vehicles but to pedestrians,
bicyclists, moped drivers, and other “vulnerable users” who
use the roads and highways.
Class C felonies carry penalties of up to five years in prison and fines
of up to $10,000. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in prison
and fines of up to $2,000. If you were found to be under the influence
of alcohol or drugs, you will face DUI charges.
Reckless Driving in Hawaii
Being charged with reckless driving is not just a minor traffic ticket.
It is charged as a misdemeanor with penalties of up to 30 days in jail
and/or fines of up to $1,000. You can be charged with reckless driving
even if you have not caused bodily injury to anyone. It is described as
operating your vehicle in a reckless way that disregards the safety of others.
Many driving behaviors can lead to reckless driving charges, such as speeding,
failing to obey traffic signs or signals, making improper lane changes,
street racing, failing to yield, and more.
Negligent Homicide Charges
Negligent homicide is another type of negligent injury offense in Hawaii.
Under Hawaii Penal Code, negligent homicide is described as:
- First-degree: causing the death of someone by operating your vehicle in
a negligent manner because you were under the influence of alcohol and/or
drugs or causing the death of a vulnerable user by operating your vehicle
- Second-degree: causing the death of someone by operating your vehicle negligently
or causing the death of a vulnerable user through simple negligence
- Third-degree: causing the death of another by operating your vehicle negligently
A vulnerable user refers to those who use the roads and highways other
than the occupants of vehicles only, such as pedestrians, bicyclists,
public highway workers, and those using mopeds or wheelchairs.
First-degree negligent homicide is charged as a Class B felony punishable
by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. Second-degree
negligent homicide is charged as a Class C felony punishable by up to
five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Third-degree negligent
homicide is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison
and fines of up to $2,000.
Enlist the Services of a Competent & Aggressive Attorney
As you can see, injuring or killing another through negligent behavior
is considered a serious matter that can result in not only criminal penalties
but the social penalties of a permanent criminal record, increased auto
insurance premiums, potential loss of your driver’s license, and
a social stigma. You will need a trusted and prepared defender to help
you through this crisis. Landsberg Law Office has handled more than a
thousand criminal cases and stands ready to provide you with capable and
tenacious legal advocacy.
Call our office at (808) 468-7292 to learn more about your situation and
your legal options.