The requirements can feel like a moving target. Michael Fayard, Criminal Defense Attorney, is here to clear up the confusion and help you fight for fair treatment if you have been charged with a sex crime. Read on to learn more about the sex offender registry in Hawaii. And give us a call if you need help fighting a sex crime charge.

Hawaii Sex Offender Registration Requirements

The requirements for sex offender registration in Hawaii are strict and somewhat confusing. Below, we answer some common questions on the subject.

When Do I Have To Register?

If you have been convicted of a sex crime whether in Hawaii or another state, you are required to register as a sex offender – or “covered” offender, as state officials say – with the police chief where you live. Under state law, you have to register within three business days of your conviction – if you are not being incarcerated – release from incarceration, arrival in Hawaii, release on furlough or probation, or placement on parole.

Even if you are not a permanent resident of Hawaii, you might have to register as a covered offender here if either of the following is true:

  • You are going to be in the state for 10 consecutive days or longer
  • You are going to be in Hawaii for a total of more than 30 days during one calendar year

After you have registered, you must report in person to the police chief once per year within the month after your birthday.

What Information Is on the List?

Every state in the U.S. has a sex offender registry of some kind. Each one has its own requirements and displays different information. Hawaii’s sex offender registry displays the following to the public:

  • Your name and past names, nicknames, and aliases
  • Your birth date
  • A physical description of you
  • A picture of you
  • Your address
  • Your vehicle
  • The address of your employer
  • The college or university you attend, if applicable
  • The sex crime for which you were convicted

What if I Don’t Register?

Failure to register as a sex offender is a crime; it is a Class C felony. In Hawaii, a Class C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines. If you have been charged with a crime for failing to register as a sex offender in Hawaii, an experienced sex crime attorney can help.

What Is the Registration Process?

When you register as a sex offender in Hawaii, you must report in-person to a registration facility. There, you will be asked a series of questions about your identity, address, vehicles, and more. You will fill out forms and sign documents that state that the information you have given is true. You can only register between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on business days.

Currently, the Hawaii sex offender registration facilities include the following:

  • The Honolulu Police Department
  • Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
  • Hawaii State Sheriff’s Division Kapolei Judiciary Complex
  • Hawaii State Sheriff’s Division Keawe Station
  • Hilo Police Station
  • Kona Police station
  • Hawaii State Sheriff’s Hale Kaulike
  • Hawaii State Sheriff’s Division Keakealani Building
  • Kauai Police Department
  • Hawaii State Sheriff’s Division Puuhonua Kaulike Building
  • Maui Police Department
  • Lanai Police Station
  • Molokai Police Station
  • Hawaii State Sheriff’s Division Hoapili Hale

Common Crimes That Require Sex Offender Registration

A conviction for any sexual offense means you have to register as a sex offender in Hawaii. The following is a list of common sex crimes that require registration:

  • Sexual assault in the first, second, third, or fourth degree
  • Continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of 14
  • Promoting prostitution in the first or second degree
  • Any charge related to child pornography
  • Any criminal sexual conduct that involves a minor

This is not a complete list of crimes that require sex offender registration in Hawaii. And keep in mind that some aggravating factors and details can affect your requirements.

Can I Get off the Sex Offender Registry in Hawaii?

Unless you meet certain requirements, you must register as a sex offender for life in Hawaii. The only way to get off the registry is to petition the court in a civil proceeding. Even then, you have to meet certain requirements.

For instance, if your offense was not considered the most severe kind of sex crime, you have maintained a clean record for 25 years, and you are not a repeat offender, you may be able to petition the court to remove you from the list. An out-of-state offense that is considered relatively minor might be able to be removed after 10 years. Otherwise, you might have to wait as long as 40 years to petition the court.

The best way to get your name off of the sex offender list is to never be convicted of a sex crime in the first place. A skilled sex crime defense lawyer can help with that.

Reach Out to Michael Fayard, Criminal Defense Attorney

Michael Fayard, Criminal Defense Attorney, believes everyone deserves an excellent criminal defense and a second chance. If you have been charged with a sex crime or would like to discuss your legal options involving the sex offender registry, get in touch.

To schedule a free consultation, call Michael Fayard, Criminal Defense Attorney, at (808) 445-6708 or contact us online.