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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.

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.

Do you have the right to refuse chemical testing in a DUI stop?

Traffic and criminal laws vary substantially from state to state. However, all 50 states and the District of Columbia agree that driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol shouldn't be legal. For adults ages 21 or older in Hawaii, having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher can result in driving under the influence (DUI) charges. For those with commercial licenses, that cutoff lowers to 0.04 percent, with an arrest or conviction also affecting their career and licensing.

DUI checkpoints in Hawaii

Law enforcement has many different tactics that they can use to try to spot drunk drivers in Honolulu. The city increases the officers that it has on patrol during noteworthy events, hoping that they can catch drivers before they cause a serious accident.

The basics of ignition interlocks

In Hawaii, motorists convicted of drunk driving have the option of having an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. These devices will allow the motorist to be able to operate their vehicles during the period that their licenses are suspended, provided the meet certain requirements. In this post, we discuss how these devices work, as well as the other important details that you need to know regarding interlocks should you be facing DUI charges.

3 things to know about DUI in Hawaii

Many Hawaii motorists know that the state takes an extremely aggressive stance against impaired driving. The city of Honolulu has a large number of law enforcement officers looking for drunk drivers every single day.

Should I fight a traffic ticket?

After you receive a traffic ticket, you have two primary options. You may usually either pay the fines and accept the marks on your record, or you can fight the ticket. While some people might not think a traffic ticket warrants mounting a legal defense, others would never dream of letting a traffic ticket go unchallenged.

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