What are the criminal penalties for DUI in Hawaii?

The standard penalties for DUI in Hawaii include:
1st Offense within 5 years:

  • A fourteen-hour minimum substance abuse rehabilitation program, including education and counseling, or other comparable program deemed appropriate by the court;
  • One-year revocation of license and privilege to operate a vehicle during the revocation period,
  • Installation during the revocation period of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle operated by the person; and
  • Any one or more of the following:
    • Seventy-two hours of community service work;
    • Not less than forty-eight hours and not more than five days of imprisonment; or
    • A fine of not less than $150 but not more than $1,000;
    • A surcharge of $25 to be deposited into the neurotrauma special fund; and
    • A surcharge, if the court so orders, of up to $25 to be deposited into the trauma system special fund.

2nd Offense within 5 years:

  • Revocation for not less than eighteen months nor more than two years of license and privilege to operate a vehicle during the revocation period and installation during the revocation period of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle operated by the person; and
  • Either one of the following:
    • Not less than two hundred forty hours of community service work; or
    • Not less than five days but not more than thirty days of imprisonment, of which at least forty-eight hours shall be served consecutively;
    • A fine of not less than $500 but not more than $1,500;
    • A surcharge of $25 to be deposited into the neurotrauma special fund; and
    • A surcharge of up to $50 if the court so orders, to be deposited into the trauma system special fund.\

3rd Offense within 5 years:

  • A fine of not less than $500 but not more than $2,500;
  • Revocation for two years of license and privilege to operate a vehicle during the revocation period and installation during the revocation period of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle operated by the person;
  • Not less than ten days but not more than thirty days imprisonment, of which at least forty-eight hours shall be served consecutively;
  • A surcharge of $25 to be deposited into the neurotrauma special fund; and
  • A surcharge of up to $50 if the court so orders, to be deposited into the trauma system special fun.

What about the DUI penalties for a driver under 21 in Hawaii?

For anyone under 21 convicted of a DUI, the penalties break down thusly:

1st Conviction:

  • A requirement that the person and, if the person is under the age of eighteen, the person's parent or guardian attend an alcohol abuse education and counseling program for not more than ten hours; and
  • License Suspension up to 180 days (If over 18 possibility of work permit).
  • In addition, the court may impose any one or more of the following:
    • Not more than thirty-six hours of community service work; or
    • A fine of not less than $150 but not more than $500.

2nd Conviction within 5 years:

  • The court shall impose prompt suspension of license and privilege to operate a vehicle for a period of one year with absolute prohibition from operating a vehicle during the suspension period; and
  • In addition, the court may impose any of the following:
    • Not more than fifty hours of community service work; or
    • A fine of not less than $300 but not more than $1,000.

3rd Conviction within 5 years:

  • The court shall impose revocation of license and privilege to operate a vehicle for a period of two years; and
  • In addition, the court may impose any of the following:
    • Not more than one hundred hours of community service work; or
    • A fine of not less than $300 but not more than $1,000.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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