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Q: What does saying "I don't answer questions" do you have legal rights?
Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Jul 15, 2022

Under the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the equivalent provision of the Hawai’i State Constitution you have the right to remain silent, in just about all interactions with the government. In other words, you cannot be compelled to speak with government officials, to... View More

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Q: I was charged with a DUI but the case was dismissed. Can’t the court just call the DMV to get driverslicense reinstated?
Mark Simonds
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... View More

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Q: Can I sue someone for a hit and run in Hawaii where its a no fault state when they fled the scene after hitting us?

We were making a left hand turn on a green light when a car came out of nowhere and ran a red light at a speed of at least 50mph. They T-boned our car and we spun out before bouncing off of a pole on the other side of the street and then finally coming to a stop. I and my sister had to be extracted... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 26, 2019

Contact a personal injury in Hawaii immediately. You have probably already notified your own insurance carrier; have your attorney place them on notice of an uninsured motorist claim. It sounds like it was a busy post-accident scene that involved a police response, as there were EMTs. Your attorney... View More

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Q: can I sue the driver who got arrested with a dui and a hit and run

The total loss for my car was 14862 I still owed 4600 so with the balance I will not be able to buy a car like I had unless I get a newer car and a bigger monthly payment

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jun 24, 2017

If you were injured contact a member of the Hawaii Trial Lawyers Association--they give free consults. Attorney Richard Kawana in Honolulu (on Maui ask for John O'Neill ) may be able to help you if you were injured--you can give him my name.

If you weren't hurt and you want...
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Q: If I am charged with a DWI will I lose my license when I go to court?
Stephen Bilkis
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answered on Feb 12, 2017

Yes, you could. You are, however, entitled to a hearing to determine if the judge can take your license (provided you have taken a blood test). If you have any evidence that refutes what the court has against you, you may be able to keep your license while the case is being decided.

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