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Restoration of Civil Rights/Firearms Privileges in Hawaii Margaret Colgate Love, NACDL Restoration of Rights Resource Project, July 2013
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 378-2.5: Employer Inquiries Into Conviction Record
Hawaii allows employers to consider only rationally-related criminal convictions that occurred within the past ten years and only after a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Hawaii Expungement Law in a Nutshell
If you are arrested or charged with, but not convicted of a crime, you can apply to have that arrest “expunged” or erased from your criminal history record. Your arrest record must meet certain criteria as specified by Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 831-3.2. The process takes approximately 4 months. Arrest records that have been expunged from your criminal history record are confidential and not available to the general public.
Hawaii expungment law also states that a person who was not deemed responsible by the court, or the matter was dismissed with prejudice, can request their records to be expunged.
Expungement can also be granted to a person who is a non-violent first time drug offender upon completion of probation and treatment as long as they have never had previous cases expunged for a similar offense.
The laws in Hawaii do not grant expungement for additional or similar cases. The law is also not lenient if there is an arrest for a felony or misdemeanor in the instance where a conviction is not obtained because of bail forfeiture. Nor will it benefit any person convicted for the first time for any Class C felony with certain or other previous offenses.