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.