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My practice is dedicated to helping people through the rigors of being under investigation or charged with a criminal offense. To manage all of the demands of a criminal trial and prepare a strong defense, you need an experienced attorney on your side that understands all the issues and can deliver the best possible representation.

Call my office today for exceptional legal representation in Honolulu, Kaneohe, Wailuku, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Niihau and across Hawaii within the following areas:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Domestic Violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Terrorist Threats
  • Theft (including by fraud or by contractor)
  • Warrants
  • White Collar Crime
  • Drug Offenses
  • Guns & Weapons Violations
  • Homicide
  • Juvenile Delinquency Matters
  • Sex Crimes
  • Driving under the Influence (DUI)
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Reckless Driving
  • Hit & Run
  • Internet Crimes
  • Investigations
  • Expungement Motions
  • Domestic Violence

Legal dilemmas threaten your personal freedom, your ability to support your family, your dignity, and your reputation in the community. The results can permanently change your entire life. It is crucial that you pick the right attorney to effectively represent you and personally guide you through the process. Experience and understanding are the qualities you want in selecting someone to defend you.

As a skilled Honolulu Criminal Attorney with more than 18 years of experience, I know the system and can make it work for you. Your case will benefit from my years of study and trying - and winning - a variety of criminal cases. My courtroom experience and knowledge of the law will ensure you obtain the most beneficial results in your case. What it boils down to is this: When it is you versus them, you need me on your side.

I have dedicated my practice to serving criminal defendants with skill, compassion and respect. I specialize in handling all types of criminal matters, no matter how large or small. As an experienced Honolulu Criminal Attorney, I have built a well-earned reputation for fighting hard for each client and obtaining the best possible results, whether that means preventing a charge from being filed, taking a case to trial, or negotiating the best possible deal.

A Strong Defense is Important to Your Case:
Individuals convicted of a crime whether through their own admission of guilt or through the determination of a jury are subject to fines, imprisonment, probation and community service, among other penalties in Hawaii. Defending your criminal case in the strongest possible way is critical to your freedom and your future.

The outcome of any criminal case depends upon the facts surrounding the crime charged, the strength of the evidence, the legal validity of law enforcement and courtroom procedure and the goals and strategy of the government and defense. I will navigate you through this complicated legal process.

Facing criminal charges can be the most difficult challenge you will ever encounter. You need a seasoned attorney to effectively represent you and guide you through the process. I have over 10 years experience in trying criminal cases in the Marine Corps as a prosecutor, defense counsel and judge. I will personally commit to protecting your rights and defending your freedom.

Choosing a Hawaii criminal defense attorney to represent you in a criminal case is an important decision. You need to be completely comfortable with your decision. When the case is over, you will have to live with the result forever. If you have any doubt about the attorney you are selecting, you should continue to look. To ensure that justice prevails in your case, experience, commitment, and sincerity are qualities that should weigh heavily in your decision on who will defend you best.

If you or someone you know in Hawaii needs the skilled legal representation of an experienced Honolulu Criminal Attorney, call John Schum today at 866-615-3190, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney John Schum

I dedicated my entire legal career of over 18 years in the United States Marine Corps to mastering the criminal justice system. Having been a prosecutor, defense counsel, and military judge during my career gives me the unique ability to see a case from all sides, and to use that ability to your advantage. This is the type of experience you need on your side to ensure all aspects of your case are addressed and well represented.

I spent two years successfully prosecuting more than 250 cases involving major felonies and military offenses, many before a jury. I also spent a year reviewing the results of more than 1,500 criminal trials to ensure that the rights of the defendants were fully safeguarded. I know what the prosecutors need to obtain a conviction and all the obstacles they must overcome. This experience will help me analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the case against you and effectively use this in your defense.

I have over six years experience in defending our Nation’s service members facing criminal charges. I have zealously defended people charged with the most serious felony offenses and almost every other type of crime. While every person’s case is unique, I will devote all my expertise toward gaining the best possible results in YOUR case. My commitment to personally and compassionately handle your case is what makes me the person you want, and need, defending your interests.

My last tour in the Marine Corps was as a military judge. I presided over approximately 100 criminal trials. I have personal insight into how judges make their decisions. Knowing what goes through a judge’s mind during a trial is an invaluable tool. This experience can help me make a difference in how your case is resolved.

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