Paving The Way To Justice

Cassandra Stamm
Paving The Way To Justice

What is expungement?

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2024 | Criminal Law

Expungement is a legal process in which an individual convicted of a crime can seek the removal of their criminal record from state databases. Basically, this means that the criminal record will no longer exist, so to speak. The public will not be able to access or view these records, as the state considers these “destroyed.”

However, Hawaii only allows the expungement of certain crimes and non-conviction arrest records. Despite this, doing so could help you pursue certain life opportunities which may be hindered by criminal convictions.

What crimes can be expunged in Hawaii?

In Hawaii, a court or a judge can only expunge certain crimes. These include:

  • DUI convictions for offenders under the age of 21
  • First-time drug offenses
  • First-time property offenses such as vandalism, burglary and theft

You can also seek the expungement of a non-conviction arrest record. While Hawaii does expunge criminal records from public access, the state retains your file but keeps it confidential.

What if your expungement is successful?

The expungement process takes about four months to complete. If granted, you do not have to disclose information about convictions when asked, such as during job applications or interviews. Furthermore, employers cannot ask about expungements.

Expungements can also be helpful during background checks if you:

  • Receive a job offer
  • Apply for housing
  • Apply to educational institutions
  • Look to adopt a child

This is because your criminal records will no longer be publicly available. Expungement can help protect your privacy and grant you peace of mind if you are worried about other people judging you because of your past.

Past mistakes do not have to hold you back from the opportunities you wish to pursue in life. Seeking expungement could grant a clean slate for your future.