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Alternatives to Tom Brower’s Homeless Hammering

Alternatives to Tom Brower's Homeless Hammering

This is a continuation of an article on the Huffington Post. Click here to read what triggered the solutions discussed in this article.

Representatives and Shopping Carts.

Arguing these carts are stolen property doesn’t understand the American economy. We know Foodland has shopping carts that are run into the ground; that they can no longer use for store purposes. What do they do with these carts? Keep them forever? Are they required to? They can sell them. Maybe cart owners donate them to homeless, so cans can be collected. Maybe they throw them out, where homeless people can save them from the trash, or buy them from junksellers.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

I would suggest supermarkets sell or donate these shopping carts to the recycling businesses (for example, the one next to the old Hard Rock Cafe) so the recycling companies can lend them to homeless people to bring back cans to recycle. We reuse and recycle and we save trash from our landfills. People donate multiple thousand-dollar cars to help out charities. Why can’t homeless people use otherwise unusable carts to help recycle rather than fill up the Waimanalo Gulch? Seems like we solve about 15 problems with one stone. Less waste, more reuse of materials, more recycling (of bottles and cans and such). And better cleanliness (since the stores would donate old carts, the real disgusting carts get taken off the streets) and the stores get write-offs for donations and actually, free advertising as the homeless help reduce government spending by helping out with the recycling efforts.

 I see this as a win-win-win-win.

Of course, smashing stuff is more fun. That would be a net loss I suppose.

Sledgehammer and the train.

As we build the train, more and more people will need a way to transport goods they buy at big box centers, from their local transit stations to their residences. Maybe GPS-equipped shopping carts owned by the county, collected every night after the train makes its final stop might be a great consumer benefit. Basically every family in Japan has at least one bicycle equipped with large baskets in the front and behind to carry groceries. Honolulu doesn’t have that infrastructure yet.  As we look to the future, with greater public transportation and fewer parking spots for a larger number of people, nicer, high-end derivatives of what we call a “shopping cart” now might actually be a very useful, short-to-medium distance-carrying device.

Homelessness on the Mainland.

Homelessness across most of America is solved naturally. As snow falls, mentally ill and financially challenged start to search for help indoors. They receive medical screenings warm food and social services. This is the one benefit of cold weather. Honolulu needs to find a different solution. Since homeless are not going to come to us, we’re going to have to reach out to them. Honolulu was on the right track when we were supporting the community paramedics. I support this program 100%. Please read about it here. Definitely agree with the Mayor and the State’s “Housing First” initiative. This is how we lift people up instead of hammer people down. And, if faith based organizations want to provide a warm meal, or warm blankets as an interim measure, then that is okay with me. The State doesn’t need to pay for it, but it shouldn’t be inhibited as long as it is done ethically and with minimal debris left over.

Closing parks at 10:00 pm.

But the idea that we cede our parks either to homeless, or to nobody is anathema to me. A few months ago my wife and I were looking for a good spot to watch the meteor shower, and we realized every park on the island is closed after ten o’clock. Who does that benefit? Not my wife and I, who simply wanted to look at stars. Not the homeless, if they’re arrested, they don’t get services in jail, they get jail. They get out, and everything they’ve saved is gone. It’s like protecting your baby from fire by throwing her out the second floor window: ill-advised.

Change the law to Hawaii Opportunities in Treatment.

I propose Hawaii Opportunities in Treatment: HOT. Why don’t we require, as punishment, completion of a court ordered treatment/counseling program. If you get a DUI, you have to do a driving program. Let’s do the same for the homeless. Instead of how to drive defensively, we work on a resume. We build a list of services that provide basic boots, so our friends and family members finally have the bootstraps to pull themselves up by.  We keep sending these people to jail again and again anyway, instead, let’s require them to check into this treatment center on the way out of jail. Not for everyone, start small, test it, just like HOPE probation. And like HOPE probation, watch us become a model for national homeless treatment.

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Can you get a DUI on a bicycle

Can you get a DUI on a bicycle

UPDATE NEWS:

Another attorney pointed this out to me, seems very apt for today’s news. Here’s today’s news:

October 13, 2013 Woman killed on a bicycle

I hope she figures out which attorney to get.

Original post:

Can you get cited for Driving Under the Influence while on a bicycle?

Absolutely not. If your bicycle has a motor, you are on a moped, and the answer is YES, you can get a DUI on a moped, on a bicycle? Absolutely not.

It shocks me how many people think that you can get a DUI on a bicycle. Just this week I was with a group of attorneys who do a lot of DUIs, make a living on them. And one said to the group “Do you know you can get a DUI on the bicycle? It’s true!”

The group agreed. Probably to be more polite than anything. But one person even said that they saw someone convicted of a DUI! But you can’t, at least not the way the law has been for the last ten years. Let me explain how lawyers (should) look at laws:

I. Read the Law. Again.

The most useful skill I learned in law school was not in a criminal law class, but in a business law class. The teacher called in Close text interpretation, at least, I think that’s what he called it.

II. Close Text Interpretation

The rule we learn at the Public Defender’s office is this: “Re-read the law, every time.” Every time a new case lands on your desk, re-read the law, every time. You’ve done 1,000 DUI cases and there’s another one on your desk? Re-read the law, every time. There’s always something new that shows up.

III. DUI law

In Hawaii, the DUI law is called Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant.  Here we’re going to call it DUI, since everyone I know, even the judges, call it DUI. Most laws get one statute, DUI has evolved to have it’s own section of statutes. Any statute that begins with 291E have some relation to the DUI law.

a. The DUI law is HRS 291E-61

The definition of DUI is held in Hawaii Revised Statutes sec. 291E-61 and reads below:

 

A person commits the offense of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant if the person operates or assumes actual physical control

 

This is not the FULL text of the DUI law. This is just the charging section. This is the part that is relevant to today’s issue.  Actually, we can reduce that part to a shorter section:

 

Hawaii Revised Statute 291e-61 defines DUI as: A person commits the offense of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant if the person operates or assumes actual physical control

 

And here’s where the confusion lies:

Notice the first sentence: “VEHICLE” what does that mean? Notice most laws talk about “Motor Vehicle”. But we’re not talking about Motor Vehicle here. Why?

BUT before we get to the problem, let’s finish the close text analysis. The rule is Definitions, ALWAYS definitions.

b. Read the Definitions in HRS 291E-1

Hawaii makes definitions easy, they’re almost always (ALMOST!) in the first section of the same statute. here we find vehicle. The definition is found in Hawaii Revised Statute sec. 291E-1:

Vehicle is defined as (1) Motor Vehicle. (2) Moped; and (3) Vessel. The Definition of Vessel is a boat on the water.

III. Answer:

Vehicle means Motor Vehicle. Is a bicycle a motor vehicle? no. Case closed.

If you get drunk on a bicycle, don't drive into traffic.

YOU CANNOT GET A DUI ON A BICYCLE. (as long as it doesn’t have a Motor.)

Addendum: Answers are easy, why the confusion?

Confusion is more fun to figure out.

Here’s why, the Hawaii Revised Statutes criminal traffic sections define “Vehicle” no fewer than three times!

There’s the above.

There’s HRS Sec. 291C-001:      “Vehicle” means every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a roadway or highway, including mopeds and bicycles, but excluding toy bicycles, devices other than bicycles moved by human power, and devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

And there’s HRS sec. 286-002:   “Vehicle” means every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, but excludes devices moved by human power or devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks and mopeds.

And then I got tired of looking things up.

Three sections, three different definitions, SAME WORD. Notice, for 291C-1, both bicycles and mopeds are vehicles. For 286-2, both bicycles and mopeds are NOT vehicles. Whoever the attorneys were who believed that you can get a DUI on a bicycle, got their definition statutes confused.

Hawaii laws that can be enforced on both a bicycle and a car.

On closer look, the charges you CAN get while riding a bicycle include

  1. speeding ticket
  2. racing charge

On the other hand if you get a Hawaii Revised Statutes sec. 291-2 Reckless Driving charge while on a bicycle, now there is a problem, because which statutory definition of “Vehicle” applies, since there is none! Horse on the other hand is explicit. Guilty!

And that’s the long way to say, Drink and Bike is legal, just make sure your balance is good enough to you don’t land face first!


Juvenile Cases in Honolulu

Juvenile Cases in Honolulu

Your office phone rings just as you were about to begin a project. It’s the principal from your child’s school saying that your son or daughter has been arrested. Then they go forward and explain one of three things:

1. A scenario describing your son as the most horrible black-hearted monster that you’ve never met and cannot imagine.

2. A school day prank that would’ve rated no more than an afternoon in the principal’s office during the days we went to school.

3. The scariest of all: nothing. Just come down. The juvenile police have some questions they want to ask you.

The problem with the juvenile system is that the case can follow your child, even past when they become an adult. It is important, from the earliest stages, to have someone who can explain the system to you, to minimize the trauma that is guaranteed to occur.

Recent Juvenile Arrests

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True Hustler For Real — Choices

True Hustler For Real -- Choices

It’s hard to write a response blog to a statement no one can ever hear, but I got to work in my favorite rap video of all time before the end, so at least part of this worked!

You know that I’m a hustler for real so you know I got the stolen bus pass.

I met for the first time a true hustler today.  He needed transportation, all he had was a set and nothing to lose.  He took an edged weapon and held it up to the little white boy.

“Choices” she said.  That was the theme of the lady’s speech to the young Defendant I was defending.  ”You have all the choices in the world, and you chose to hold a knife to my son and threaten him.

Choices, she repeated thirty times.

Her son, for example, had chosen to play Lacrosse.

My defendant, a child of 15, hadn’t “chosen” to play Lacrosse? In fact he hadn’t even heard of Lacrosse. His father chuckled to me after everything, “How do you play Lacrosse, anyway?” Choices.

When he was younger he had a choice, either get beat up every single day, or join the gang, Halawa Mob.

When he was 12 he had the option, get beat up every single day, or smoke ice for the first time. How’s that choice?

Schools

Prison? School?

One is my school. One could have been.

Aaron Sorkin famously said “You know how I got hooked on cocaine? I tried it”. Choices.  He has a choice every single time

Choices, this mom had a choice, she could’ve voted for representatives that took better care of the local school system; Of after-school programs.

Choices, she could have invested in teaching young children the importance of teamwork, rather than gang work.

Choices, the State of Hawaii could have chosen a race to the top, rather than discarding a race to the bottom.

If you offered me ice at 13, I would’ve smoked it for sure. Luckily they only offered me Comics.

I try not to think: “Lady, you just don’t get it.  YOUR son has choices in his life, he can choose what video game to play, or if he takes honors English or AP English. He can choose which sport to letter in. The defendant doesn’t have choices, choices have him.”

Of course the American dream is amazingly fair. Anybody can succeed, and exceed. But to do so you have to escape the trap. And if you can’t escape, you get neither the opportunity, nor the options to make choices. And we all start different distances from the escape.

The choices some kids have to make start with “how will I not get killed today.” If everybody you know, everybody from your neighborhood is dead or in jail by 21, what’s the point of planning for a career? If all your role models disappear by 23, you don’t make plans for 24.

Where I grew up, not going to college was unthinkable.  It would be like not going to Junior High. Of course everyone goes to college. Where my client grew up, not going to prison is unthinkable.  Everyone goes.

Life on the installment plan, that’s what the prosecutors call it.

Choices lady.

Fat Cats Bigga Fish, by The Coup

When my family was thrown out of our home when I was ten years old, that wasn’t a choice I made. That choice made me.

When I was told I would take a bus every day one and a half hours each way to Junior high, that wasn’t a choice I made. That choice made me.

And when I was in first grade, and they told be I couldn’t be with my friends, that I had to join a class in a special part of the school, with special kids who had special gifts, that wasn’t a choice I made. That choice made me.

Those choices made me, made me who I am today.

Choices are a good song to sing a child. Tell these kids they have control over their own destiny, they can do anything. Until the check comes.

Until our kid walks by someone. Someone who’s had nothing but choices made for them their whole life. Choices that make them into somebody that you don’t want to walk by.


I’m wishing that I had an automobile
As I feel the cold wind rush past
But let me state that I’m a hustler for real
So you know I got the stolen bus pass.

Mr Coke said to Mr Mayor: “you know, we got a process like Ice T’s hair
We put up the funds for your election campaign
And, oh, um, waiter can you bring the champagne?
Our real estate firm says opportunity’s arousing
To make some condos out of low-income housing
Immediately, we need some media heat
To say that gangs run the street and then we bring in the police fleet!
Harass and beat everybody til they look inebriated
When we buy the land, motherfuckas will appreciate it
Don’t worry about the Urban League or Jesse Jackson
My man that owns Marlboro donated a fat sum” 

Choices


It’s been a Year!

It's been a Year!

It’s a Celebration!

It’s been One year!

I can hardly believe its already been a year.

And at the same time I can hardly believe it’s ONLY been a year!

In May of 2011 I had finally had enough. I steeled myself, took the tear-stained letter sitting in my desk far too long in hand and told my boss, “I can’t play for this team anymore. It’s time for me to do it on my own.”

He looked me in the eye, and didn’t tell me to stay, didn’t try to talk me out of my decision.  He looked at me and nodded, “You know, I think you’ll make it.  You’ve really grown up while you’ve been in this office.” This is especially surprising, as he hadn’t really talked to me much over the past few years. He chuckled about dunderheaded stunts I pulled years before. And he recounted recent victories that even I wouldn’t have believed if I hadn’t been there.

I know this is something you’ve obviously thought a lot about. I know you’ll succeed.”

And what a success this year has been! And to celebrate that success I want to invite ALL readers of my blog to the “One Year Birthday Party” where like any good birthday party, we’ll have cake and ice cream, both provided by successful clients of the last year.

Party Invite. And year one highs:Click Me!

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New Web Page

While I send you over there this is another celebration of the New Year is the facelift of the old WordPress blog into the current “808crime.com” website. It’s brand new (less than a few days old) but it’s pages and pages deep. Please give feedback, tell me what you think, and provide any other suggestions that might be important!

See the new page:Click here!
 
New DUI Handbook

And lastly I want to announce the “Landsberg Law Office DUI Manual”. I’ve been giving the same DUI speech for nearly ten years, updated only as laws changed, I figured “why not just write it down”? It’s also the one charge people ask about, who never have any other run-in with the law. Information should be free, it is technique that I charge for. So rather than telling each person this information individually, now everybody has my thoughts on general DUI cases and practice in Honolulu, Hawaii.

So it officially went live today, the “Landsberg Law Office DUI Manual”. Read it before they force me to take it down. If you have any questions/comments, there’s a comment section on that page, let me know what you think!

DUI. Get the manual now:Download

Finally, I want to thank each and every person who reads this. I love all of you, and I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without your help, support and love. My wife and I appreciate each and every one of you in our lives. I named the office after myself, but if you’re reading this, you have some personal ownership in the success it has become.

Thank you, for one of the greatest years of my life.

Let’s go make some more!

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Food Trucks in Hawaii — Honolulu Food Truck Bill 59

Ice Cream, Popsicle, Police, Alex Garcia

There’s nothing I like more after having a heated argument in the Supreme Court building, than some nice cool ice cream. Please don’t get between me and my Ice Cream.

Run a red light? Go to Jail.

Rolling stop? Go to Jail.

Didn’t feed the meter? Jail, Jail, JAIL.

People keep asking me for my comments on the new Bill 59.  That’s because I’m still the only attorney in the State of Hawaii that’s gone to trial under that law and won.

Bill 59 is the bill Tulsi Gabbard introduced to change the an old law that stops food trucks from parking on a corner for longer than fifteen minutes.  This old law is a carryover of simpler times in Honolulu, when mom would steam the Manapua while the kids made the Musubi on the kitchen table.  The law predates the other section of the Hawaii Revised Ordinances that govern peddling, and it definitely predates all the regulations on having a commercial grade kitchen for the prep work that Food Trucks now require.  So when when a sweet woman who simply wanted to sell popsicles outside the Supreme Court building came to me and told me the police were harassing her, I couldn’t turn her down.

It was a very simple case.  One cop out of the entire force decided she shouldn’t sell popsicles. He didn’t care that she had her peddler’s license and that all her paperwork was in order.  He admitted that he wanted to give her a peddling ticket, but he couldn’t so he gave her this ticket.  He didn’t care that the law plainly didn’t apply.  She was on the sidewalk, this law was in the traffic code.

So when Kathy asked if this is something I could help with, I took the case.  We did some research and scheduled the case for trial.  And then I started hearing from more and more food trucks: the same officer was threatening the lot of them, but only Kathy got the ticket. She was the guinea pig.

So we went to Court and the Office of the Prosecutor fought against us tooth and nail.  Three Prosecutors are on the record arguing against us. One would get their argument beaten up and then the next one would start.  And they ended with their favorite argument “C’mon, Judge, please, please, PLEASE.”

But luckily we had a fair judge who threw the case out of court.  She looked at the law, heard the arguments of the Prosecutors and told them “The way this law is written, it’s too vague. It doesn’t give ordinary citizens who apply for peddler’s licenses and do what they’re supposed to do, notice that what they’re doing is illegal.” And that’s it, the case is thrown out.

Two days later, when Kathy is back in her regular spot, another police Officer comes over and threatens her with the same ticket. “I just won” she protested.  But the Officer scares away her customers. Smart officers know thought, they won’t write her a ticket.  If they do, she just has to go to court again.

And so I became the attorney for the Trucks, in spirit if not in contract. And I was able to go to a meeting between the food Trucks and Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard.

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The Councilwoman

So the first meeting went over great. Her staff explained they wanted to change the words “15 minutes” to “two hours”. We asked three times, “Are you changing anything else? Are you changing anything else? Are you changing anything else?”

And they assured us. “Absolutely not”.

And we were very clear, “If you change anything else to make it worse for the food trucks to serve, you’ll be doing them a DISSERVICE. Please don’t change anything else.” And we all shook hands, exchanged cards, and left happy with some sweet potato pie.

And then I read the rewritten Bill.

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And it took me a day to think about it.  And the next day I emailed.  And a week later I emailed again.  I had grave concerns.  I still have grave concerns.  I write this because I still have these concerns and they haven’t been addressed.  Since the Bill went through first reading today, I want to make sure anyone who is interested understands the problems with the new bill. Here they are:

An assistant who helped draft this bill, assuredly with the best of intentions, in spite of the promise to us that NOTHING else would be changed, added Sub-paragraph 3.  Sub-paragraph 3 includes two clauses: The first guts any protection the extended time limit was meant to create. Police no longer need to wait 15 minutes, why? The ill-advised and undefined “hazardous condition or public nuisance” standard doesn’t exist. That means any truck anytime.  More importantly it’s not even creating a public nuisance, it’s “In reckless disregard of the RISK…” well, isn’t there always a RISK of public nuisance. The business is finished.

But the second is even worse:

Let’s say you steal a lady’s purse. Well, if you’re carrying a gun, the punishment is much worse.  Knowing this, read Sub-paragraph B again. Catch it?

If you overstay a parking meter as a food truck, guess what? Jailable.  Roll through a stop sign? Petty Misdemeanor. Park slightly out of a stall. It goes on your permanent, CRIMINAL record.

“Comply with… all rules relating to traffic, parking”

And if you don’t, it’s now punishable by THIS statute, which makes it jailable if you didn’t feed the meter.  This bill, no matter how well intentioned, gives the few vindictive police, power to arrest and charge for ANY violation.  Even a standard unpaid meter. Even a “rule” which is neither a defined Statute or Ordinance. just a “rule”.

If you enjoy food trucks, get your meals now.  If this new Bill passes as written, they’re finished.


Bishop Street Address — Hawaii Lawyer

Playing the law like a harpsichord since 2004

Eagle-eyed observers have seen the address on the sidebar has been updated.  Yes, the new physical location of the Landsberg Law Office has opened!  It is a soft open: we’ll slowly be making the house a home, but during that time, we’re celebrating!

It’s been a long time looking for just the right office.  We’ve looked at more than one, some we were ready to settle on. But:

This one’s perfect.

Come check it out.  Now taking appointments!

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Hit-and-Run, my very first trial

trial, accident attorney, hit-and-run, hit and run, storyHe was a nice elderly Japanese gentleman.  I asked him his job and he said he was a pastor, but he also a photographer and a fix-it man.  What I’ve learned since is that the more jobs your Defendant tells you he has, the fewer jobs he depends on.  He wore a frayed brown coat, over a mismatched check shirt.  Corduroy jeans and a corduroy tie. I was surprised that much was matching.

He was accused of a hit and run.  The elements of a hit and run are, basically, there’s an accident, there’s damage to something and one party drives away without giving information.  He drove away from the scene, but he was adamant about one thing: he was chased away.

You’re not required to be abused, bullied, or harassed.  You don’t have to give your information to someone who wishes to do you harm.  He was scared, and he wanted to tell the judge how scared he was, but he never got the chance.

My questioning of the complaining witness went like this:

Now, you had the option to tell the prosecutor what the damage you your car was, right?

I told him, there were scratches to the bumper.

And your car wasn’t brand new?

No.

And you had the option to get your bumper fixed.

Yeah.

And you told the prosecutor how much your bumper was worth.

No.

‘Cause, c’mon, there was really no damage.

Not really.

I sat down so hard the chair broke. BROKE.  She just admitted there was no damage.  With no damage the judge had to dismiss the case.  Of course.  That meant my sweet defendant couldn’t testify.

He wanted to testify, he just wanted anyone to hear his story.  No one would listen.  The other party wouldn’t listen (they were screaming).  The police wouldn’t listen (they were arresting him).  And now his attorney wouldn’t listen (I was winning, get out of the way!).

SO the judge made the right decision and dismissed the case.  Many people don’t understand how serious these cases are.  While the jail penalty is low, between insurance and restitution, we’re talking penalties upwards of $10,000 or more dollars.   Potentially the value of a car and a halfway verdict for use in civil court.  His case was dismissed.

And my poor defendant followed me around the courthouse all day, just trying to find someone to  listen to his story.

While I was walking around the courthouse, just trying to find someone to listen to how I won!


New Opportunities in Probation Enforcement!

How to handle HOPE probation.

Being in Prison in Hawaii has to be worse than anywhere else in the world.  Sand and surf is just outside your cell, but a lifetime away.  The Federal Detention Center is actually a big building, so you can see the Ocean and the beach (so I understand) but cannot set one foot in the sand.

So I’m trying something new today.  Instead of publishing another story of how great I am at trial, or my random musings about current events/law, or a rap video that relates only vaguely to crime, I did something else.  I wrote a “How To” for a legal website called AVVO.com.  No one there has written about Hawaii’s HOPE project, a project that deserves to be written about.

HOPE is what we imagine Probation would be, if we weren’t on probation.  It’s peeing in cups and attending drug treatment and reporting on time and getting arrested when you don’t.  Prior to HOPE, a lot of this wasn’t happening.  We have a multi-billion dollar industry creating criminals, and we put next-to-no money in rehabilitating them when they get out.  A few years ago, somewhere near 200 was the average number of Probationers per Probation officer in State Court.  Now, any number of people have quit or retired, and there’s no money to replace them.  Who’s watching the criminals we’ve made?

What was happening was that we would put these Defendants on such strict probation, tell them they had to follow pages upon pages of rules using words like “buccal” (which two judges manage to pronounce three different ways) and tell them “Don’t screw up or you go directly to prison.” Then they had minimal supervision, and when they were called in for an appointment they said “Hell no, that guy said I was going to prison. What the hell is a buccal?”.

HOPE changes all that.  The idea being that up front Defendants are treated like adults.  They get told that consequences exist, and the learn about consequences from day one.  Most importantly the consequences are swift and, arguably, fair.  A stolen sandwich doesn’t equal prison.  A stolen sandwich and disappearing for 6 months might.  Relapsing on drugs, and then checking into Hina Mauka Residential doesn’t equal prison.  Relapsing on drugs and then hiding out in Hau Bush might.

It is a common problem judges (and fathers) have.  When you threaten that “ONLY THE ABSOLUTE WORST WILL HAPPEN TO YOU!” you have thrown away every other card in your hand.  You can no longer say, “well, you deserve punishment, not prison”, because you’ve promised prison up front, and the Defendant believes you.  Because he trusts you.  When you say later, “I’m not going to give you prison after all”, the Defendant can no longer trust you, because you’ve demonstrably lied.

HOPE takes away all that, and talks very clearly about proportional punishments, if you try to touch the stove: your hand will get slapped.  If you try to make your sister touch the stove: you will get beaten black and blue.  So hopefully the program stays around, hopefully it expands.

The big fear, and this is way too preliminary of course, is what happens when Judge Alm moves on from the HOPE program? Hopefully he can make it a strong, robust self-replicating organism.  The fear is that fifteen years from now, HOPE will just be another name for regular probation, and we’ll lose the things that make HOPE special, and a great way to keep our fathers and brothers out of prison.

What do you know, I guess I did write something tonight after all!

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Hawaii Criminal Defense: The Legal Blog

Issues in Hawaii Law.

Below is a collection of Articles I've written about Hawaii law.  Most are about criminal defense, Honolulu trial work, or future legal trends. Courtroom experience is probably the most common.  Others are comments on local or national law.  Hopefully there is something for you to find and enjoy.  If nothing else, you'll see the way I feel about certain issues, and the thought processes I put into legal problems we solve.

And some stories are just too funny NOT to tell.......

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