The illicit drug heroin is illegal under federal and state law. Indeed, heroin laws in Hawaii are strict. So while the islands have been battling drug addiction issues in recent years, that has led to a heightened number of criminal drug cases in the state. Primarily due to the increased violence surrounding drugs like crystal meth, cocaine and heroin, Hawaii authorities crack down heavily on both the sale and possession of heroin.
Heroin Statutes in Hawaii
Heroin possession, sale, and trafficking are felony crimes in nearly every state. The charges and penalties under Hawaii's heroin laws are listed below in this brief summary below.
|Code Section||329-14, et seq.; 712-1240, et seq.|
|Possession||1/8-1 oz.: Class B felony; 1 oz. or more: Class A felony; Subsequent offense: Class A or B felony based on quantity|
|Sale||Any amount: Class B felony; 1/8 oz. or more, or any amount to a minor: Class A felony|
Hawaii Drug Courts
Hawaii has been dealing with drug addiction problems for years now. Crystal meth use has been a serious problem and other illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine have contributed to the problem as well. Fortunately Hawaii's Drug Court programs, set up to help nonviolent offenders get treatment and stay out of prison, have been around since 1996. The court first began in Oahu and has spread to drug courts statewide.
There are now about 1,500 adult drug courts across the country. On Oahu, participants have access to intensive substance abuse treatment programs, as well as other services that should help them succeed in the community.
Officials say the nontraditional way of rehabilitating addicts is making a dent in the drug use and criminal drug convictions. The Hawaii Drug Court Program on Oahu has enjoyed a low recidivism rate. Since its inception in 1996, it has a 5 percent recidivism rate, meaning only 5 percent are later convicted of subsequent offenses.
Drug Court is where qualified offenders are granted community supervision instead of incarceration. They each get a counselor for drug and alcohol issues, and a case manager for real-life challenges such as housing, employment and budgeting. For information here is a directory Oahu First Circuit court phone numbers.
Hawaii Heroin Laws: Related Resources
State drug laws, and their enforcement, are constantly changing, and can vary depending on the jurisdiction and specifics of your case. If you would like legal assistance with an existing drug case, or if you would just like to know your rights, you can contact a Hawaii drug crime attorney in your area. For related articles and resources, you can also visit FindLaw's Drug Charges section. If you think you might need help with a drug addiction or substance abuse problem, your first step is to ask for help.
Contact a qualified attorney.