What are arrest records and arrest warrants?
The Hawaii Criminal Justice Datacenter is responsible for the maintenance and dissemination of details about active warrants, criminal arrests, convictions, and offender identification records. When used in connection with public inquiries for crime data, the term arrest records refers to information on all cases, regardless of when they occurred, that ended in a guilty verdict.
Delving deeper into the kind of information that applicants stand to receive from crime history checks reveals that a background report will typically contain details on the issue of arrest warrants, detentions, case history, and disposition, sentencing, and correctional data, including parole date. Apart from this, the applicant will also be given access to certain personal identifier information such as the name of the subject and all known aliases, gender, date of birth, photograph, and some contact details.
When state licensing boards request crime history records, justice agencies from Hawaii and other states, federal law enforcement or employers who are allowed by statute to access complete criminal history, the information disclosed will be more extensive and will also include non-conviction data apart from what is being offered to regular applicants.
Non-conviction detail is a term used to indicate sealed, expunged, and erased records, juvenile crime information, and arrests in matters that are under trial or from cases that culminated in a dismissal acquittal, including arrest records from such matters that are less than one year old. This information category will also include details on all HI outstanding warrants that are yet to be executed.
The Criminal Justice Date Center allows applicants to look for information online and launch warrant searches that are name or fingerprint-based. It is also possible to approach the local sheriff’s office or the county clerk to avail conviction data. The public service terminals at the offices of many justice agencies are linked to the eCrim repository maintained by the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data center.
Arrest warrants from Hawaii
According to HRS 805-1 (Hawaii Revised Statutes), a complaint needs to be filed for the court to consider the issue of an arrest warrant in the state. This petition, along with a sworn statement that explains the case facts and evidence, can come from a law enforcement office or the prosecution. In either case, the statement’s substance must clearly define the criminal act and the reasons for assuming that the occurrence was of a criminal nature and that the suspect was involved in its commissioning.
The magistrate is the authority who will ascertain that there is clear probable cause to suspect the person in question. Once this is established, the detention order is released, directed at law enforcement officers from the state. HI, outstanding warrants stay in effect in all parts of the state and not just the issuing county. Furthermore, among the many additional powers granted to cops giving chase to an accused with an arrest warrant to his name is the ability to pursue the said offender outside the state lines. Also, peace officers can enlist other law enforcement agencies and personnel, and civilians in their quest to serve these decrees.
How do I search for Hawaii arrest records and warrants?
The Hawaii State Judiciary offers the provisions to look for court dockets online. You can find information from almost all the tribunals in the judicial hierarchy of the state. So, you are likely to get information on criminal matters, including the issue of arrest warrants as well as case dispositions along with civil litigations through this source.
To find information on criminal matters heard by the district and appellate courts and access traffic violation records, you can visit the eCourt Kokua website http://www.courts.state.hi.us/legal_references/records/jims_system_availability.html. Although not linked to the Hawaii judiciary, you will find up to date information from this web portal. Applicants are offered the choice to find court dockets by the defendant’s name, the case number, citation number, or the vehicle license plate. The records are free to view, but you will have to pay for taking printouts.
Information from the circuit and family tribunals in the state can be found by logging on to the Ho`ohiki website http://www.courts.state.hi.us/legal_references/records/hoohiki_disclaimer.html. Read the disclaimer and enter the site. A popup window will give you the option to search for records by using the case number, id, or the name of the litigants. This website is an undertaking of the state judiciary. For more information on accessing court dockets, you can contact the office of the state judicial administrator at:
Administrative Offices of the Courts
- Ali’iolani Hale
- 417 South King Street
- Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Hawaii crime statistics
Over the decade that ended in 2008, nearly 630,000 criminal complaints were handled by the various law enforcement agencies across Hawaii. Of the complaints filed, most were against property-related infractions, including theft, which alone garnered an annual incident average of almost 415,000 cases.
Violent crimes had a comparatively lower rate of just about 5% of the annual total. Of these crimes, assaults had the highest frequency of nearly 18,000 incidents. Although this may seem paltry when pitched against the yearly rate of thefts and burglaries, compared to the average of homicide, which stands at a mere 300 cases, the figure seems quite worrisome.