Hawaii Supreme Court Affirms Right to Counsel for Those Arrested for DUI


You need an aggressive, thorough DUI attorney if you have been arrested for DUI. The Hawaii Supreme Court yesterday affirmed that people arrested for DUI have the statutory right to assistance of an attorney. You must understand that the cards are stacked against you. The media will vilify you if you have been arrested for DUI. A perfect example is this article announcing that those who have been arrested have rights, specifically the right to the assistance of a DUI attorney exactly at the most important time, right after they have been arrested for DUI. http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35215967/supreme-court-ruling-allows-drunk-drivers-to-contact-lawyer-before-submitting-alcohol-drug-test.

But notice how the article is written. The video states “critics say it is a step backwards”. So, having the right to counsel and being able to exercise a statutory right, one that in Hawaii has been around since before statehood, but just ignored by police for decades, is a step backwards? No. In America all people understand that you have a right to counsel and that counsel can assist you in understanding your legal rights and the implications of your choices. The written news article states “The decision is a blow to advocates, who say it could lead to fewer drunk driving prosecutions.” People who are arrested have rights, including the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, the right to be free from self-incrimination and the right to counsel. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized for decades if not a century or more, that the rights that we have may hamper police but those rights are more important than cops just arresting and convicting everyone.

If you are arrested, contact The Law Office of Kevin O’Grady, LLC immediately at 800-DUI-CASE or (808) 521-3367. I can provide you with advice right then and we can start to prepare your defense and protect your rights before the cops have even submitted their police reports.