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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Hawaii on
Q: Can a landlord make a police report on a tenant for criminal property damage? Tenant and guest damaged rental property.

Tenant and tenant's guest severely damaged glass windows and removed window screens of rental property. Tenant has overstayed their 45 days notice to vacate and has not paid any rent has become a nonpaying holdover tenant.

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Mark Simonds answered on Apr 25, 2022

In Hawaii, under your scenario, a person commits the offense of criminal property damage if by means other than fire (which would be arson), the person intentionally or knowingly damages the property of another without the other's consent. As the rental unit is your property you are well... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Hawaii on
Q: I was charged with a DUI but the case was dismissed. Can’t the court just call the DMV to get driverslicense reinstated?
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Mark Simonds answered on Apr 17, 2022

If you were arrested for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant in Hawaii, you are not only subject to the criminal charge in District Court, but Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office proceedings as well. As such, even if the criminal case in court is dismissed, your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: i have evidence of person telling me that he planted something on me so that the cops can raid my house

many things in my case being over looked by my layer and the police that makes me question the integraty of everything in my case

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Mark Simonds answered on Apr 17, 2022

Aloha, you have a Constitutional Right to not only have an attorney represent you, but to Effective Assistance of Counsel. To prove ineffective assistance of your attorney, you must show (1) that your trial lawyer's performance fell below an "objective standard of reasonableness" and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Hawaii on
Q: I was given a motor vehicle by a widow who's husband did not register and not paid annual vehicle tax for 15 years

Is it possible to ask a judge to waive or reduce the tax, the vehicle is in poor condition and not worth much

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Mark Simonds answered on Mar 23, 2022

Aloha, this is a question best left to your local DMV. Usually, if a car is not to be used for an extended period of time, it is advisable to turn in the license plates and obtain a "storage certificate" the issuance of same would stop registration fees and taxes from accruing. The courts... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Hawaii on
Q: I have been helping someone move out. I've been here for 2 months during the eviction process. Am I considered a tenant?

It is against "house rules" to have a guest for more than 5 days without having them register with management. I was never registered a a guest, but have witnesses to show I've been here for more than 2 months. Now that my friend is almost completely moved out, management gave me one... Read more »

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Mark Simonds answered on Mar 23, 2022

No. As you were never on the lease, and the tenant (your friend) moved out, you have no legal right to remain in the unit. Not to be blunt, that is just the state of the law.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Hawaii on
Q: Are landlord required to notify tenants when a writ of possession is issued after default summary possession

Default was granted when answer was unable to be filed do to medical emergency

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Mark Simonds answered on Mar 23, 2022

What makes this question unusual is the date of same, March 5, 2022. In July of last year, Governor Ige signed into law Act 57, which required landlords and tenants to avail themselves to mediation prior to landlords filing eviction proceedings based upon non-payment of rent. Typically, landlords... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Hawaii on
Q: Hit empty parked car; parked in a no parking area. Dropped off kids returned, wrote note, and waited. Their unlicensed.

Minor damage on back bumper. I took my kids to school and returned to find owner. The driver of parked car has no license. She says her husband has a license and will finish work at 230p. Pictures were taken and she took her kida to school. I didn't see the car, but assumed there is no car... Read more »

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Mark Simonds answered on Mar 23, 2022

Aloha, being that this occurred 3 weeks ago, the urgency has most likely passed. That said, you do have a duty to report most serious accidents that occur in or along Hawaii's public roadways. As the person whose car you struck was not operating the vehicle at the time, it is unlikely... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Hawaii on
Q: Have there been any cases before the courts in Hawai involving pickleball playing on tennis courts in an AOAO
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Mark Simonds answered on Mar 23, 2022

Interesting question! While there are no reported appellate decisions directly on point, there are appellate opinions that speak to use and/or alteration of common elements and/or limited common elements in a condominium regime. For example, take a look at AOAO v. Bowers, 125 Hawai'i 242 (ICA... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Hawaii on
Q: Other reasons a member of an Association needs to solicit proxies if there is no ELECTION at the Annual Meeting?

Hawaii State Statutes 514B

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Mark Simonds answered on Feb 12, 2022

In order to answer this accurately, it would be best to review the by-laws, along with the agenda for the meeting to determine what, if anything, was being voted on and to determine when a proxy may be properly used.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Hawaii on
Q: What can be done about a victim who is not responding to a defendant’s efforts to pay owed restitution?

Restitution is owed for damage to a vehicle. The defendant’s insurance company has been trying to reach the victim for nearly 6 months to schedule an appraisal and get pictures of the damage, but the victim is not providing the necessary information.

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Mark Simonds answered on Feb 12, 2022

An insurance company will hold a claim open, usually for a few years, but if the claimant abandons it, then the matter is closed. Was this a traffic crime case? If so, the District Court may take no further action at some point. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Hawaii on
Q: I hit an illegally parked car in a handicap spot who is responsible
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Mark Simonds answered on Feb 12, 2022

You are responsible if you acted intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently with respect to the operation of your vehicle. Accidents happen. However, if the operator of the other car parked in a manner that was a contributing factor to the collision (ex. Out of stall, obstructing a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Hawaii on
Q: Under Hawaii law 607-14.5 Attorney fees and costs in civil actions, doesn't it involves domestic violence or injury?

In a TRO case the judge prior to the hearing began, stated that if I lost, than I would have to pay for the opposing attorney's fees. In our case there were no domestic violence and or personal injury, or hardship by lost of work, within the parties involved. There were no evidence shown... Read more »

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Mark Simonds answered on Feb 12, 2022

Actually, the prevailing party in a TRO hearing may file a non-hearing motion for attorney’s fees and costs. That means there is no hearing, but you may file a written response if you object to paying the other side’s legal bill. The judge probably warned the parties of this in her or his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Contracts for Hawaii on
Q: Do I need to go over the disclosure after sending in my recission notice, which has been received by the timeshare

Contacted by rep. Says needs to go over disclosure to speed up transfer of funds. Downpayment

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Mark Simonds answered on Feb 12, 2022

Aloha, if your rescission was submitted in a timely manner, that effectively ends your contractual obligation with the seller. Assuming this is so, I am uncertain why they would require you to go over disclosures. Feel free to reach out to me should you need further assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Hawaii on
Q: Is the death due to "complications of blunt force injuries of the head" considered to be an accidental death?

I am the beneficiary of a Guaranteed Life Insurance from Gerber Life that started June 2019. The insured passed away on March 27, 2020. I filed a death claim with Gerber Life but there was a delay in obtaining his death certificate due to the pandemic. I finally was able to send in the required... Read more »

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Mark Simonds answered on Dec 17, 2021

Aloha, blunt force trauma is exactly that - an injury caused by blunt force, whether applied intentionally by another person, or due to accidental circumstances. It is more a medical term than a legal term. It just describes the type of causation, not the state of mind of the individual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Hawaii on
Q: Does a Federal crime override a state crime?

A TRO is in place on one property for 2 family members my father and his son the judge ordered both families to stay in their living areas one family has the front and the other family take the back. Both families share one common area for driving and that leads to front and back of house. The... Read more »

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Mark Simonds answered on Dec 11, 2021

I am so sorry what your ohana is going through, especially around the holidays. Your father relied on the representation of a government official, to his detriment. If he is charged with a violation of the Order for Protection, he may have a defense if the offense was; 1) de minimis; or 2) he did... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Hawaii on
Q: I'm inquiring about my employers wanting further explanation of my religious exemption which was previously approved.

Now they sent me a list of questions asking me to explain why. Their also asking if "I've put my practice(religion) into any other areas in my life?"

Also if "I've taken other vaccines and or medications in the pass as an adult?" With six more intrusive... Read more »

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Mark Simonds answered on Nov 10, 2021

Typically, when a religious exemption to a work-related medical requirement is requested, employers may make reasonable inquiries into your sincerely held religious belief, in order to determine whether it is, in fact, genuine. If it is determined to be so, then reasonable accommodations must be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Hawaii on
Q: If my tire was damaged while on Federal government property, can I get reimbursed for the cost of the tire?

As I was leaving the parking lot, I hit a broken handicap sign which was protruding approximately 6 inches from the pavement which I did not see.

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Mark Simonds answered on Nov 10, 2021

Aloha, I would try to reach out to the entity upon whose premises your vehicle was damaged. For relatively small claims, such as a tire, the National Park Service, for example, will require you to complete a form asking for details if the incident. Typically, these kinds of claims are usually... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: how do I apply to a district court judge to have a first time criminal property damage misdemeanor expunged

This happened 19 years ago and in court I failed to avail myself of the offer of deferred judgement. Now I am seeking to have it removed if possible as it affects my job applications.

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Mark Simonds answered on Nov 3, 2021

Aloha, so I assume he information you provided is accurate, in that the charge resulted in a conviction on your record. In other words, you did not receive, at the time of your sentencing, a deferred acceptance of no contest plea (‘DANC’’), or deferred acceptance of guilty plea (‘DAG”)... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: How long can drug evidence be held until they decide to charge you with possession of dangerous drug 2

What is the statutes of limitations on drug evidence

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Mark Simonds answered on Nov 2, 2021

Promoting a Dangerous rug in the second degree is a class ‘B’ felony under the Hawaii Revised Statues. Assuming there are no other potentially more serious charges, a charge of this severity would have to be brought within 3 years of the incident.

§701-108 Time limitations. (1) A...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: released from jail yesterday for a dirty ua on hope an they call my color to go ua again itcomes backdirty. Options?

On hope probation created by judge alms. Went in for a dirty ua that I admitted to did my 4 days in jail got out an they called my color again an my ua again came back dirty should I contest the ua on grounds of not enough time for the drug to detox through my system?

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Mark Simonds answered on Mar 24, 2018

It depends. If your use was marijuana, the active chemical compound (tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise referred to as THC) can take up to 30 days to completely leave the body. Other drugs can metabolize much quicker. I’m a lawyer, not a chemist, so you may wish to conduct some research on the... Read more »

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