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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.

Remember your rights during a traffic stop

When an officer pulls you over, you are certainly in danger of receiving a ticket, or possibly even getting arrested, depending on the reasons the officer performs the stop, your behavior during the stop, and the evidence of criminal activity that the officer finds. However, it is important to remember that the officer performing the stop is not above the law and should not violate your rights in the course of your interaction.

Even in circumstances where the evidence against you is very strong, the officer must respect your rights, and violations of those rights may lead a court to throw out any charges resulting from the stop.

Are there ways to challenge breathalyzer results?

During a suspected DUI stop, an officer may choose to administer a breathalyzer test. If a driver fails this test, then he or she is usually arrested and charged. For many drivers, the breathalyzer results themselves may seem like "bulletproof" evidence of their guilt, but this is not always the case.

While it is not easy to challenge breathalyzer results, it is possible, depending on the circumstances of the traffic stop. If you received DUI charges after failing a breathalyzer test, it is worth your time to consult with an experienced DUI defense attorney who understands the nuances of Hawaii DUI laws and defending suspects against these charges.

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