Asked in Criminal Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Hawaii

Q: I am pro se and need to know the best place to obtain the process and stages, as well as court etiquette, and doc filing

It is a misdemeanor, but self defense. Need to know how to navigate thru law of the sea in court, as an American National under law of the land, common law. In Hawaii dist 1. Just their procedures. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Maritime Law Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I'm not a criminal defense attorney, but you posted under Admiralty/Maritime, and your question remains open for four weeks. It would probably be best for an experienced criminal defense attorney who practices in Hawaii to advise you. But as a general point, I see you are working on formulating a defense on a misdemeanor self-defense matter. That deserves respect, but this is not something to mess around with and learn as you go, in terms of court etiquette, the common law, and other attributes you describe your efforts in trying to learn. If the pro se approach is due to not having funds for an attorney, you could look into whether you qualify for a public defender. Good luck

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