Based in Wailuku, Ranken & Drewyer, L.L.C. is a local law firm practicing both civil litigation and criminal defense, with a particular focus on personal injury law. Our successful results are frequently noted in the state and local press.
Appeals Court Reverses Honolua Bay Ruling
The Maui News, May 2, 2009
"An appeals court has reversed a Lahaina man's conviction for obstructing access to public property at Honolua Bay in 2006. According to testimony during his trial, 59-year-old Narciso Billianor Jr. at first told two undercover Maui police officers that they couldn't go to the beach unless they paid a $5 donation.
Attorney Michelle Drewyer, who represented Billianor, said she and the defendant were pleased with the order reversing his conviction.
'Testimony at trial was really clear - it was privately owned and no easements have been granted to any government entity,' she said. 'The statute only pertains to public right of way. It's a civil case, not a criminal case. Jurisdiction didn't lie with the criminal courts.'"
Man Acquitted of Assault at Bar
The Maui News, July 10, 2009
"After being jailed for more than five months, a 41-year-old man walked out of a 2nd Circuit courtroom Tuesday after being acquitted of assaulting a bouncer at a Kihei bar.
A jury returned the verdict at about 2 p.m., finding Paulo Tau Jaeger not guilty of the assault that occurred in 2007 as beer bottles were thrown during Cinco de Mayo drinking at a bar in Kihei Kalama Village. David Dodge, 36, who was working as a bouncer at the Dog and Duck Irish Pub, was hit in the face with a beer bottle that was hurled at him, knocking him to the ground and causing injury to his eye.
'David Dodge, unfortunately, was very badly injured. It just wasn't my client who did it,' Jaeger's attorney, David Peterson, said after the verdict was announced. 'I'm just very happy for my client and his family. He has consistently stated his innocence and wanted to go to trial.'"
Avoiding Roadblock Not Grounds For Stop
Honolulu Advertiser, July 23, 2002
"Police cannot stop a car simply because the driver turned off a highway to avoid a drunken driving roadblock, the Hawai'i Supreme Court has ruled... Raymond Heapy, 56, an Alhambra, Calif., resident, turned off Mokulele Highway on Maui before a drunken driving roadblock at about 6:30 p.m. on June 16, 2004, according to the court's decision.
Heapy's Lawyer [Michelle] Drewyer said after her client had spent the day snorkeling with his wife, they got lost, turned off the highway and had been looking at a map before they were stopped... 'Heapy wanted to challenge the conviction because he felt strongly his constitutional rights were violated,' Drewyer said.
'I think the stop was unconstitutional and I think we need new standards,' she said. 'Hawai'i courts have not looked at this issue before, so it's helpful for everyone.'"
After Collision, Woman Seeks to Make Difference
The Maui News, July 10, 2009
"In the eight months since her vehicle crossed the centerline on Haleakala Highway to cause a crash that seriously injured two people, a Wailuku woman has undergone alcohol abuse treatment and spoken to students about the dangers of drinking and driving.
'She really wants to make a difference,' said attorney Michelle Drewyer, who represents 36-year-old Dayle Hoopii. 'She can convince people it's a really bad idea to drink and drive and the consequences of what can happen.'
'She can be a more positive influence on the community.'"
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