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How losing your license over a DUI in Oahu could impact your life

Getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Hawaii can have a lot of consequences for your life. The first and most obvious is that you could face criminal penalties, including jail time and massive fines. Even if you avoid jail, it is likely that the state will suspend your license.

Far too many people simply focus on avoiding jail time instead of addressing all of the potential consequences of a DUI charge. The loss of your license can cause a host of issues. Truly understanding the potential results of losing your license can help you make a more informed decision about how you approach pending DUI charges in Hawaii.

Reckless driving in Hawaii can lead to major penalties

Operating a motor vehicle is a major responsibility for which you should have a healthy respect. After all, you are in control of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds and has the potential to cause severe bodily damage or death. Most people take this duty seriously, but almost everyone occasionally has a lapse in judgment while behind the wheel.

Mistakes like reading a text message while in control of your car or exceeding the speed limit by more than a few miles an hour could lead to traffic fines and penalties. Driving without a careful eye on risks and potential consequences could lead to accusations of reckless driving, which are far more serious than a minor speeding ticket. For those facing allegations of reckless driving in Hawaii, the penalties are particularly steep.

Reckless driving: A potentially dangerous and costly mistake

When you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle you are expected to follow the rules of the road. Even if you consider yourself a safe driver, there may be times when you break the law. For example, you speed down the highway when you're late and in a hurry to reach your destination. We've all done it, right?

Reckless driving is a serious offense that's defined as a willful disregard for safety and/or the operation of a vehicle in which you have no regard for the consequences of your actions.

Your social group may make you feel less drunk than you are

People often assume that drunk drivers know they are drunk and decide to take the risk anyway. While this certainly does happen, it is important to note that it is not always the case. Many people who think they are sober enough to drive safely and responsibly just do not realize how drunk they really are.

When they get DUI charges, they cannot believe it happened to them. They did not take any risks on purpose. They thought they were acting safely and within the bounds of the law.

Traffic offenses you can avoid if you keep yourself focused

It's only human to want to get where you are going a little faster on the road, but this leads to all kinds of problems and difficulties from a legal perspective. When you're rushed, you are tempted to commit all manner of traffic violations, including tailgating, speeding and running red lights or stop signs.

Let's take a closer look at some of the most common traffic offenses to avoid committing by keeping your wits about you while driving.

Don't make these mistakes at a DUI checkpoint

Here in Hawaii it is not uncommon for drivers to find themselves face to face with a DUI checkpoint.

If this happens, it's important that you know what will come next. It's also important that you take steps to avoid trouble, as the last thing you need to deal with in your life is a DUI charge.

After a DUI: Things you may not be thinking about

Were you pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol? Are you beginning to wonder how this will impact your life? Do you have concerns that a conviction could change your life forever?

It goes without saying that a DUI conviction can have a far-reaching impact on your life. However, many people fail to focus on all the important details. Instead, they only consider the here and now, such as the fine they will have to pay or the license suspension that will alter their day to day living.

Driving without a valid license: Is it a big deal?

A valid driver's license is required if you want to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Hawaii. There is no way around this, so you need to keep this point in mind at all times.

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the following circumstances:

  • You have never received a driver's license from the department of motor vehicles
  • Your license has been permanently revoked
  • Your license is under suspension

Less obvious ways to challenge a DUI in Hawaii

When you are pulled over and charged with a DUI, it is common to feel as though you have been wronged in some way. Perhaps you were convinced that you were not over the legal limit, or that you had reason to believe that the breathalyzer test was inaccurate.

Whatever the reason for your doubt, it is important that you consider the possible legal challenges that you can make in regard to your DUI in Hawaii.

Is it a good idea to fight a traffic ticket?

There is never a good time to find yourself pulled over on the side of the road by a police officer. Not only can this slow down your entire day, but it can bring a variety of challenges into your life.

While you can do your best to talk the officer out of issuing a traffic ticket, there is no guarantee that it’ll work.

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