A criminal conviction can affect not only your current status in life but your future as well. Depending on the severity of the crime you are charged with, you could lose your job, your freedom for a significant period of time, and future opportunities.

For over 35 years, Harrison & Matsuoka has aggressively defended clients in state, federal, military, and appellate courts. Through each stage of the litigation process, the firm’s experienced team will prepare to protect your rights and look out for your best interests.

If you are on Maui, Kauai, Molokai, or any island of the state, and you are in need of criminal defense representation, contact Harrison & Matsuoka in Honolulu, Hawaii today to schedule a free consultation.



Criminal Charges - Misdemeanors & Felonies

Under Hawaii law, there is a wide range of violations and crimes with which you can be charged. The team at Harrison & Matsuoka is extensively experienced with defending individuals facing a broad range of criminal charges, including:

  • Felony & Misdemeanor Charges

  • White-Collar Crimes

  • Drug Crimes

  • Sex Crimes

  • Homicide Cases

  • Military Cases

  • International Cases

Depending on the crime, you can face substantial consequences if convicted. The penalties for being convicted on criminal charges (for both misdemeanors and felonies) can include a combination of heavy fines and varying lengths of jail time. If you have been arrested or indicted and charged with a crime, it is important to be aware of your rights and how to conduct yourself.

Your Rights Following an Arrest

Police and prosecutors will work hard to see that you are convicted. When you or a loved one is charged with a crime, know your rights, and find an attorney who will aggressively protect your interests. Commonly known as the “Miranda warning,” your rights when placed under arrest are as follows:

  • You have the right to remain silent.

  • You have the right to an attorney present during police questioning.

  • You have the right to be protected against improper search and seizure.

  • You have the right to a trial before a judge and jury.

In order to understand your legal options, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable criminal defense firm as soon as possible. The sooner you call your attorneys, the better their opportunity to come to your aid and offer legal protection.

Why You Need Criminal Defense Attorneys

Experience and preparation are essential elements of a criminal defense case. Facing the justice system or your criminal charges by yourself is ill-advised and will leave you open to the most severe penalties associated with your crime. Instead, you should work with a skilled team of criminal defense attorneys to pursue a more favorable outcome.

When you are brought in for questioning, your attorneys can help you filter the information you disclose to the police. Remember, anything you say can and will be used against you in court. If you are charged with a crime, your attorneys will work to seek pre-trial resolutions to the case, such as motions to dismiss.

If your matter proceeds to trial, the team of lawyers at Harrison & Matsuoka will call on their network of investigative experts and their litigation support team to prepare a solid defense strategy. At trial, they will strive to minimize your exposure, eliminate counts, and reduce any potential jail time as much as possible.


The Honolulu firm of Harrison & Matsuoka represents clients throughout Oahu, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai in a wide range of criminal defense matters. The team can represent you in the state, federal, military, and appellate courts. Engagements with local clients have taken the team into international jurisdictions, as far as Japan, the Philippines, and New Zealand. Call Harrison & Matsuoka today to schedule a free consultation.