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Hawaii Arrest Records Search

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How to Look Up Criminal Records in Hawaii

The state's local and state law enforcement agencies issue criminal background checks including Hawaii 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.

Are Arrest Records public in Hawaii?

Arrest records that resulted in a conviction, yes. HI 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.

What Information Does Criminal Records Hawaii Report Include?

What Information You Can Find in Hawaii Arrest Report?

A Hawaii arrest report will provide details about the person like Hawaii mugshots, fingerprints, name, email, phone, address, gender, race, age, date of birth, 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.

Hawaii Police Report and Mugshots

Are Hawaii Police Reports Public Record?

Police reports in Hawaii are completely open to the public. According to the Hawaii Police, there are three types of reports available to you:

  • Criminal reports.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident reports.
  • Miscellaneous Public reports.

Any of the three may be obtained by visiting the police station. However, it may take up to ten days for processing. Some information on the reports may be redacted (blacked out) such as name, home and email address, phone numbers, date of birth, social security numbers, and medical, financial, and juvenile information. However, you will get to see the information below:

  • Name and age of the perpetrator.
  • Date, time, and location of the incident.
  • The details of the event.
  • What actions police took (was anyone arrested).
  • The charges brought against the suspect.
  • Any vehicles involved.
  • Other details.

When making a request, you may have to provide the date, time, or location of the event and pay a fee of $1 for the first page and 10 cents for every page after. The Hawaii Police have a listing of each local police station where you can visit to obtain copies.

The Honolulu Police Department lists police report information on their daily arrest logs posted on their website.

Hawaii Mugshots

Mugshots are openly public records in Hawaii. Not only do the police departments use them for investigations and identification of suspects with witnesses and victims, but they are also used in the news posted on official police websites.

Additionally, you can find them online through various public records sources and websites.

Mugshots originated in the 1800s with the advent of photography, and policeman Alphonse Bertillon made it standard practice in France. Typically, police take mugshots directly after someone is arrested, and they take a front-facing shot and a side angle for the profile picture. Investigators use these police photographs for identifying suspects when showing them to witnesses and victims.

Hawaii Arrest Booking Process

The booking process in Hawaii is pretty straightforward. When someone is arrested either via a warrant or after an officer witnesses a crime, the suspect is handcuffed and taken to jail via cruiser. Once at the jail, the booking officer will start the booking process.

The booking process involves the following steps:

  • Police will take vital information down such as name, address, phone and date of birth.
  • The suspect will be searched, and their personal belongings confiscated.
  • Mugshots will be taken.
  • The person will be fingerprinted.
  • Their clothing may be taken, and they will be provided with jail clothing.
  • They will be placed in a jail cell until bail is paid or they see the judge.
  • Police will do a full background search looking for any warrants or other outstanding legal issues.

Violent Crime Rates for the last 10 years

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.

Hawaii Violent Crime Rate Change

Arrest Law

Hawaii Arrest Laws

According to the state's 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.

Who has a Power of Arrest in Hawaii?

The state'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 Hawaii warrant based on certain guidelines.

How Long Will an Arrest Report Stay on your Hawaii State Records?

Most felonies and misdemeanors will stay on a criminal record forever in HI unless the offender applies for expungement. HI 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.

Can you Expunge your Records?

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.

<>The Arrest Rate in HawaiiArrest Rate in Hawaii

For the last year reported year (2016), 45,805 total crimes were 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.

Hawaii Arrest Records by Type of Crime

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 TypeUnder 18All agesTotal arrests
Violent Crime1351,2271,362
Property Crime5973,7484,345
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter23638

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Crime rate - 3,021
The crime rate in the last 5 years - up by 13%

5 Safest Counties in the Area

A list of 5 counties in Hawaii that have the lowest arrest rate in 2017

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Honolulu County3,020.75
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