CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS IN HONOLULU, HAWAII
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, our criminal defense attorney at Harrison & Matsuoka, has aggressively defended clients in state, federal, military and appellate courts. He has earned multiple forms of national recognition for his skill and results. Through each stage of the process, he will fight to protect your rights and look out for your best interests.
If you are on O’ahu, Mau’i, Kaua’i, Moloka’i, or any island of the state, and you are in need of criminal defense representation, contact us in Honolulu today to schedule a free consultation: 808-501-0408.
Challenging Misdemeanor And Felony Charges
If you are convicted of a crime in Hawai’i, you may face fines, probation, community service, and imprisonment. To preserve your freedom and future, it is crucial to get help to defend your case in the strongest possible manner.
We have extensive experience defending individuals facing a broad range of criminal charges, including:
- Felony and misdemeanor charges
- Drug offenses
- White-collar crimes such as embezzlement and fraud offenses
- Sex crimes
- Homicide cases
- Military cases
- Internet and computer crimes
- International cases
We handle state and federal charges.
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.
Other Criminal Defense Services
We can also assist you with:
- Seeking early termination of probation
- Requesting a supervised release from jail
- Expunging (sealing) a criminal record
- Sealing electronic criminal records
- Removing fingerprints
- Filing an appeal
Experience Handling High-Profile Cases
Our defense lawyer has appeared on numerous local media outlets in connection with his representation of clients in high-profile cases. We know how to use media attention to our clients’ advantage. Through public statements, we can counteract some of the negative publicity surrounding cases. Additionally, as a result of the publicity, our attorneys have been able to convince local bail bondsmen to discount their rates in high-profile cases. These are just a few of the ways we work to help our clients maintain some control over the media limelight.
Why You Need A Criminal Defense Attorney
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 criminal defense attorney to pursue a more favorable outcome.
When you are brought in for questioning, our attorney 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, our attorney will work to seek pretrial resolutions to the case, such as motions to dismiss.
If your matter proceeds to trial, we will call on our network of investigative experts and their litigation support team to prepare a solid defense strategy. At trial we will strive to minimize your exposure, eliminate counts of charges and reduce any potential jail time as much as possible.
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.
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.
Law enforcement is required to inform you of these rights in what’s called a “Miranda warning.” If they didn’t, you may have strong grounds for challenging the charges.
Don’t Delay Getting Started With A Strong Defense
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 us, the better our opportunity to come to your aid and offer legal protection.