"I defend & help people facing OVUII (DUI) charges and License Revocations in the state of Hawaii."
- Robert D. Eheler, Jr.
Attorney at Law
About Robert D. Eheler, Attorney at Law
I was born and raised in North Eastern Oregon and graduated from high school in 1975 at age 17. I immediately went on active duty in the United States Navy and, within a year, I was attached to Patrol Squadron 6 as an avionics technician on board Naval Air Station, Barbers Point Hawai‘i. From there, I deployed twice to the Western Pacific and once on an attachment to the Indian Ocean where I was in charge of the avionics shop. Early after my arrival, I knew that I would remain in Hawai‘i and did so after my honorable discharge. I then utilized the G.I. Bill and earned my Bachelor of Business Administration, Management degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa.
Well into my degree and just before graduation, I worked part time for a criminal defense lawyer as an office assistant. In that capacity, I read most of the legal documents being filed in various cases and began assisting in the research and preparation of memorandums of law in support of motions to suppress evidence. For lack of a better term, I often referred to myself as a self-taught paralegal in training. The firm represented individuals in both state and federal court but it was one particular federal criminal case that piqued my interest and drew me into the world of criminal defense. I was fortunate to assist the attorney who wrote the appellate briefs for a case that was to be heard before the United States Supreme Court. That attorney later became a staff attorney for the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. I accompanied my employer to Washington D.C. in January, 1989 to observe him at a moot court oral argument at Georgetown Law Center in final preparation to his arguing the case before the United States Supreme Court. This case was being carefully watched by criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors from across the nation. A complete surprise to me was studying that case in my criminal procedure class while attending law school.
During and immediately after my return to Hawai‘i from Washington, D.C., I reflected upon my experiences and exposure to the criminal justice system at virtually every level of the state and federal courts. Coupled with this was my long time desire to operate my own business and so I began applying to law schools and was accepted to Golden Gate University, School of Law in San Francisco, California. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, I then worked four years at another firm where I gained valuable trial experience before I began to pursue my career as a sole practitioner in criminal defense.
On a less serious note, I began swimming at a young age and swam competitively for a few years. Once in Hawai‘i, I naturally took to the waves and began surfing through the late nineties. I also paddled outrigger canoe for a few seasons in the late seventies and started again in 1996. I continue to paddle on a year round basis, both in one-man and six-man canoes. Today, I’m a paddling coach as well as a paddler for Kailua Canoe Club. I derive great pleasure in coaching and sharing my ocean experiences with people new to the sport. I find that paddling relieves stress, helps to keep my mind sharp, my body fit and continues to reinforce my respect for the ocean and the world we live in.
ROBERT D. EHELER, JR. Attorney at Law
Pauahi Tower at Bishop Square 1003 Bishop Street, Suite 2700 Honolulu, HI 96813 (808) 531-9957