State v. FisherAnnotate this Case
Defendant was found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII), in violation of Haw. Rev. Stat. 291E-61(a)(1) and/or (3). The Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) affirmed the judgment on appeal. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not err in permitting the State to amend Defendant’s section 291E-61(a)(1) charge to allege mens rea; and (2) insofar as the section 291E-61(a)(1) charge was properly amended and insofar as Defendant did not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction for violating section 291E-61(a)(1), his OVUII conviction still stands, and there is no need to address Defendant’s argument that the breath test result supporting his section 291E-61(a)(3) conviction was obtained in violation of his constitutional rights.