"I defend & help people facing OVUII (DUI) charges and License Revocations in the state of Hawaii."
- Robert D. Eheler, Jr.
Attorney at Law
As a DUI Attorney, what can I do for you?
In 1993 I joined a premier criminal law firm that focused almost entirely in the area of DUI or "impaired or drunk driving" defense. Since then I’ve represented thousands of people arrested and charged with this offense. As a DUI Attorney, I'm familiar with Criminal DUI Proceeding in both the State and Federal courts, and the State Administrative Revocation Proceeding. Knowledge and experience are the keys to any criminal defense. Although every DUI case is similar in nature, there are distinguishing variables that come into play. For example, different officers are involved in the arrest, different prosecutors involved in the trial and different judges in the courtroom. Let my experience and my knowledge help you in your defense. My job is to help you explore all options available to you and protect your rights at the same time.
Who will handle my case?
As a sole practitioner, I will personally handle your case from beginning to end making sure deadlines are not missed, making appearances on your behalf when appropriate and keeping you informed of hearing dates and times that require your presence.
How can I be contacted?
Should you wish to request a free initial consultation, you can call me at (808) 531-9957 or email me at email@example.com. I am flexible and open to meeting you at a place and time convenient for both of us. If you retain my services, my promise to you is that if I don’t answer a phone call, I will always return the call immediately as well as respond to emails and texts in an expeditious fashion. I’m fully aware of the anxiety you’re experiencing and know that a quick response will only help alleviate some of that anxiety.
Should I represent myself?
The short answer is no. As a lawyer himself, President Abraham Lincoln once stated, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” If you represent yourself, the court will expect you to be familiar with courtroom etiquette, the Rules of Penal Procedure, the Rules of Evidence and basically to have done your research on the relevant law prior to appearing for trial. Judges, prosecutors and court staff do not provide legal advice so you shouldn’t expect any help when you appear for trial. Another very important consideration is the fact that you have a personal stake in the outcome and therefore your emotions may get in the way of your rational thinking.
A DUI offense involves an administrative revocation proceeding and a criminal proceeding that are designed to operate simultaneously, each with their own procedural rules and deadlines that must be followed. The outcome of one proceeding has no affect on the other proceeding’s outcome and it is important TO NOT CONFUSE THE TWO PROCEEDINGS. For these reasons alone, it is important to retain an attorney for representation.
Should I just plead guilty and not request an administrative hearing?
Absolutely not. You should understand that a DUI is a traffic crime and a conviction for that offense is permanent. To coin a phrase, “never retreat until you see the whites of the enemies’ eyes.” That is to say, don’t enter a guilty plea until the State has produced all officers necessary to make its case against you. Only at this juncture should you consider any type of plea agreement. For some people, a DUI conviction will profoundly effect their future if, for example, they aspire to be a pilot, boat captain, or commercial driver or enter an occupation that requires a security clearance.
ROBERT D. EHELER, JR. Attorney at Law
Pauahi Tower at Bishop Square 1003 Bishop Street, Suite 2700 Honolulu, HI 96813 (808) 531-9957