What Are the Hawaii DUI Laws?
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal offense. Each state has its own driving under the influence (DUI) laws (also called driving while intoxicated (DWI) in some states) that define and punish DUI offenses in slightly different ways. This article provides a brief overview of Hawaii's DUI laws.
|Hawaii Revised Statutes section 291E-61: Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant|
|Operating or assuming actual physical control of a vehicle:
A violator who had a BAC of 0.08% or more can be punished in the following ways:
First offense (or the only offense within five years):
An offense that occurs within five years of a prior conviction:
An offense that occurs within five years of two prior convictions:
In some cases, aggravating circumstances will result in higher penalties for the offender. For example, if the DUI offense is committed with a passenger in the vehicle who was less than 15 years old then the offender will be sentenced to an additional mandatory fine of $500, and an additional 48 hours in jail. Additionally, the offender's license will be revoked for at least two years.
DUI Offenders Who are Under 21
In Hawaii, it is illegal for anyone who is under the age of 21 to operate a vehicle with a measurable amount of alcohol in their body. A first violation (or any violation within a five year period) may be punished by:
- The offender's parent or guardian being required to attend an alcohol abuse education and counseling program, if the offender is less than 18 years old
- The driver's license will be suspended for 108 days
- Up to 36 hours of community service work, and/or
- A fine of between $150 and $500.
State laws change frequently. For case specific information about Hawaii's DUI laws contact a local DUI attorney.
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