The State of Hawaii’s local and state law enforcement agencies issue criminal background checks including arrest records. They also call them “Police Clearance” or “Police Abstracts.” They only deal with adult records though not juvenile. Arrests that resulted in conviction are available on their website. However, any arrests where the charges were dropped or the person was found not guilty, they choose not to show.
Arrest records that resulted in a conviction, yes. Hawaii allows public access of those records but not arrests that were dismissed or disposed of as not guilty. They charge a $30 fee for each arrest record requested. For public arrest records, individuals can get copies through the justice system.
A Hawaii arrest report will provide basic details about the person like name, email, phone, address, gender, race, age, date of birth, mug shots, fingerprints, height, weight, and other physical descriptors. It may also show details about each arrest including date of arrest, arresting officer’s name, arresting agency, the location of the arrest, bail or bond posted, pleas, dispositions, jail time and all other details pertaining to the charge and conviction. If any vehicles were involved, they would be included as well.
The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Hawaii, going from 2,745 crimes in 2006 to 2,440 by 13% lower than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.
According to Hawaiian law, any police officer or other justice officers can arrest or detain someone with probable cause of committing a crime whether or not they witnessed it. The information must come from a reputable source. In most cases, law officers will only arrest someone with an arrest warrant unless they feel they are a danger to themselves, others or may damage evidence of a crime. When arresting someone for a misdemeanor without a warrant, an officer must have personal knowledge of the person committing the crime.
Hawaii’s law allows anyone to arrest someone that they witness committing a crime. They also allow them to use force when detaining or taking someone into custody. Although citizen’s arrests occur very infrequently, they do happen. Any police officer or officer of justice can also legally arrest someone with or without a warrant based on certain guidelines.
Most felonies and misdemeanors will stay on a criminal record forever in Hawaii unless the offender applies for expungement. Hawaii has very strict expungement laws. Only arrests that did not result in a conviction are eligible, and the person must also comply with a list of other regulations when applying. There are special laws for first-time offenders with drugs and alcohol.
Yes, but it is difficult, and the laws are pretty strict. First, there is a $35 fee, plus a non-refundable $10 administrative fee when applying for an expungement. It may take up to four months for the expungement to take place. If the person was acquitted or convicted or not disposed, then they are not eligible to have their records expunged. Juvenile charges cannot be expunged. If someone wants a copy after it has been processed, they will have to pay another $20 for that.
For the last year reported year (2016), Hawaii had 45,805 total crimes committed. Of those, 3,452 were violent crimes, and 42,353 were property crimes. Hawaii’s crime rate for that year was 3,206 per 1000 residents. Maui County broke records for lowering the crime rate there in 2016. More than 53% of the violent crimes were assault. Only 17% were sex offenses. More than 50% of the murders were committed with a gun.
The popular arrests for 2017 in Hawaii was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 15,637, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Embezzlement arrests - with only 12 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||2||36||38|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||36||424||460|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||3||76||79|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||48||414||462|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||13||247||260|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||32||155||187|
|Drug Abuse Violations||436||2,724||3,160|
|Driving Under the Influence||29||5,968||5,997|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||893||14,744||15,637|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||217||217||434|