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Q: Can I consult with a public defender prior to the first hearing?

I was told that I could only request a public defender at the first hearing. However, I want to consult with an attorney asap.

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

It's understandable that you would want legal advice as soon as possible. Typically, a public defender is appointed during or after the first court appearance. However, this process can vary depending on the jurisdiction.

Before your first hearing, you might not be able to consult with...
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Q: If police charge a child was in possession of a detrimental drug, do they arrest the child? What is the process? -Hawaii
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answered on Jan 29, 2024

In Hawaii, when a child is charged with possession of a detrimental drug, the process typically involves law enforcement and the juvenile justice system. However, the approach can vary depending on the specific circumstances and the severity of the offense.

Initially, police may detain the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Civil Rights for Hawaii on
Q: Can they actually prosecute you for promoting a harmful or detrimental drug, if you have a vape with THC-p product?

There are many different types of vapes that contain THC-p, And is legally sold at regular vape or smoke shops.

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In Hawaii, the question arises about the potential prosecution for promoting a harmful or detrimental drug when possessing a vape with THC-p (delta-8 THC), a product legally sold in regular vape or smoke shops. The issue centers on the legality and classification of THC-p, a specific form of THC... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Civil Rights for Hawaii on
Q: Can they actually prosecute you for promoting a harmful or detrimental drug, if you have a vape with THC-p product?

There are many different types of vapes that contain THC-p, And is legally sold at regular vape or smoke shops.

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

Based on Hawaii's current laws regarding cannabis and THC, it is unlikely that you could be prosecuted just for personally possessing or using a vape containing THC derivatives like THC-P. Some key points:

- Hawaii legalized the personal use and possession of cannabis in small amounts...
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Q: What are your rights as a parent when your child is facing criminal offense investigation? - Besides having an attorney
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answered on Jan 26, 2024

When a child faces a criminal offense investigation in Hawaii, parents have rights and responsibilities beyond securing legal representation. Parents should stay informed about the charges, legal proceedings, and potential consequences, with the child's attorney serving as a crucial source of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Hawaii on
Q: My x-husbands wife has been writing crazy sounding msgs to my parent’s & others as me, by way of spoofing my number.

For the past 13+ years my x-husbands wife has been spoofing my phone number & writing crazy sounding messages, as me, to my parents, bosses, landlords & posed as me when she called my bank to obtain checks to my equity line which she proceeded to steal $171,000.00 for herself by giving my... View More

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

Your situation involving identity theft and spoofing by your ex-husband's wife is both serious and legally complex. The first step is to gather as much evidence as possible. This includes phone records, messages sent, and any other documentation that can help establish a pattern of behavior.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for Hawaii on
Q: I was questioned by detectives in custody checked didn't want to discuss the case I wanted lawyer, was that a statement?

2 times in one day in custody detectives came and first one I told I never got my miranda rights read to me. she pulled out a paper with 3 check boxes 1. want to discuss the case I (*checked NO). 2 I don't remember but checked no. 3 was I want a lawyer(*checked YES) then initial she told me... View More

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Mark Simonds
answered on Nov 28, 2023

What you did was assert your rights under the United States Constitution and the Hawaii State Constitution. Assertion of your rights does not constitute a statement, and, in a trial, that assertion cannot be used against you as evidence of guilt.

Typically, if you are advised of your...
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Q: Is it alright to use an airhorn to deter someone when they are getting aggressive?

There is this person who I've had words with that often times starts arguments from nothing, i.e. minding my business than they show up to yell about something. If I've had history of this person being verbally aggressive to start fights, can I use an airhorn as a way to fend them off?

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Mark Simonds
answered on Nov 12, 2023

You are better off filing an ex Parte Petition for a Temporary Restraining Order, pursuant to Section 604-10.5 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.

Once filed, and, if granted, follow through with service and attend the court hearing.

The self-help center of your local courthouse can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: How many diazepam can a person legally have?
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answered on Oct 13, 2023

There is no legal limit on the number of diazepam pills a person can possess in Hawaii. However, diazepam is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means that it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. As a result, it is important to only possess diazepam if you have a valid prescription... View More

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Q: I was arrested and charged with UCPV bail set$12,000 I didn’t steal vehicle it was given to me as a gift by a friend

How can I get charges dismissed

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answered on Sep 24, 2023

There are situations in life where an attorney is not a luxury, but a necessity. This is one of those times as Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle in Hawaii is a serious felony. Based on your question you may have a potential defense (Lack of intent) that may be worthwhile to discuss with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: Oh and I nearly forgot when they took me to the holding cell .I was repeatly asking to talk to my lawyer

They just kept ignoring me I felt like they were not honoring my rights so when they questioned me I just answered making up wat ever because I felt they were not respecting my rights

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Mark Simonds
answered on Apr 3, 2023

When someone is in police custody, and subjected to interrogation, all questioning must cease if the person detained requests a lawyer. Also, if the person detained asserts their right to remain silent, police must cease questioning, however, my resume questioning at a later time. Please talk to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Personal Injury for Hawaii on
Q: How do get the sealed transcripts from a multimillion dollar Federal Case released to me, thge only victim and plaint

iff involved and a 5 m illion dollar rrcommendation was made against the Defendants in my favor. This case wron gfully dismissed by Judge Derrik Watson in Hazawaii Federal Court after he had a seald meetin g with my attorneys, MIchael Green and Earl Anzai. The JUdge dismissed rhis ccase and refuses... View More

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

To obtain sealed transcripts from a federal case, especially one where you were the plaintiff and victim, you should first consult with a new attorney if you believe your previous attorneys did not represent your interests adequately. A lawyer specialized in federal court proceedings can advise on... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Hawaii on
Q: Is a car in the county impound considered "free game" after 30 days, considering cars marked AV roadside, are?

My van has been stuck in the county impound since I have no paperwork for it. I've been homeless since and would like it back. They won't be having auctions for awhile but its been 30 days already.

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In most cases, vehicles impounded by the county are subject to specific regulations and procedures regarding their release or disposal. While it's true that some jurisdictions may have provisions for disposing of abandoned vehicles after a certain period, it's essential to understand the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: Does a dismissed citation in Hawaii remain on my record?

I was given a citation for drinking on the beach in Hawaii. I live in North Carolina and was told to call to schedule a virtual court appearance. When I called, I was informed that the case was not being pursued by the prosecutor so it is dismissed. I asked if this meant it would not appear on... View More

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answered on Nov 6, 2023

Yes, a dismissed citation in Hawaii can remain on your record. In Hawaii, dismissed citations are not automatically expunged from your record. If you want to have a dismissed citation expunged, you must file a petition with the court.

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Q: In a Hawaii criminal citation for drinking on the beach, the PO left out the Law section that I committed, is this valid

Hi I was caught drinking at waikiki beach and was given a citation for 3 charges, "Park Rules, Prohibs, & Litter Control". The area for "Section" to the left of it was left blank so I don't know exactly which crime I committed as per Hawaii law. Is this a reason for my... View More

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answered on Jul 12, 2023

if the "Section" area of the citation was left blank, it could potentially be a procedural error. However, whether or not this error alone is sufficient to have your case dismissed would depend on the specific laws and procedures in Hawaii, as well as the discretion of the court handling... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Hawaii on
Q: Backing out of supermarket stall I bumped into someone behind. There was no damage.The lady said I dont know what to do

I told the lady there was no damage. There was lots of traffic backing up. I got back into my car pulled out and as I was moving forward the lady grabbed onto my cars driver side mirror almost pulling it off. I told the lady there was no damage get off my car. She let go. So I left thinking she... View More

Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Oct 10, 2022

I recommend that you hire a competent attorney, or, if financial circumstances do not permit that, to apply for the services of a public defender. Depending on how you are charged, this is a matter which could result in the potential for jail time under these facts, possibly up to 10 days! While... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: If my friend is gonna get charged with a promoting a detrimental drug but everything was in my truck, if I come

Forward and say it wasn’t theirs? Would they get let go? It was in my truck so?….

Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Sep 17, 2022

Aloha, as you could potentially incriminate yourself and get charged, I would advise you assert your 5th Amendment Right to remain silent. But, if your friend calls you as a witness at trial you should seek the advice of an attorney.

I wish you the best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: Is promoting gambling in the second degree a felony in hawaii?
Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Sep 17, 2022

It is a misdemeanor. Hawaii Revised Statutes, § 712-1222 (2013 reads as follows:

Promoting Gambling In the Second Degree.

(1) A person commits the offense of promoting gambling in the second degree if the person knowingly advances or profits from gambling activity.

(2)...
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Q: I have a citation for assault 3rd. I am not guilty. My court date is June 2 2022
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Mark Simonds
answered on Jun 10, 2022

Aloha,

You have some very important Constitutional rights. First of all, you have the 5th Amendment right against self incrimination; the 6th Amendment right to counsel, and to a jury trial if you so choose; and the 5th and 14th right to du process. Probably the most important of these...
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