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I'm in Hawaii. I have never been arrested before and didn't realize I was until I was in handcuffs :( But thank you so much for your time and the advice...now I have some idea of what to expect. Aloha :)
(a) Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches another person in an offensive manner or subjects the other person to offensive physical contact;
(b) Insults, taunts, or challenges another person in a manner likely to provoke an immediate violent response or that would cause the other person to reasonably believe that the actor intends to cause bodily injury to the recipient or another or damage to the property of the recipient or another;
(c) Repeatedly makes telephone calls, facsimile transmissions, or any form of electronic communication as defined in section(NNN) NNN-NNNN2), including electronic mail transmissions, without purpose of legitimate communication;
(d) Repeatedly makes a communication anonymously or at an extremely inconvenient hour;
(e) Repeatedly makes communications, after being advised by the person to whom the communication is directed that further communication is unwelcome; or
(f) Makes a communication using offensively coarse language that would cause the recipient to reasonably believe that the actor intends to cause bodily injury to the recipient or another or damage to the property of the recipient or another.As you can see, it's fairly broad. I don't know what may have happened that night, but it would have had to be something under sections a, b, or f most likely. You'll also notice the statute requires intent. Thus, you must have meant to do your actions. Not that alcohol is ever a good excuse, but if you so were intoxicated as to not be aware of your surroundings, you may be able to argue that you couldn't have formed intent to harass anyone. At the very least, the fact that you were drinking at the time should be discussed with your lawyer.Petty Misdemeanor offenses are criminal offenses that are punishable by up to 6 months of incarceration. Petty misdemeanors may also be punishable by probationary terms of 6 to 12 months and fines up to $1000. Jail time upon a conviction for a first offense would be extremely unlikely with probation much more likely. Your first court appearance for a petty misdemeanor offense would be an an arraignment and plea. At your initial court date, you will be informed of the charges against you. The judge will then set your case for trial and give you time to consult with an attorney.
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