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. (http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol14_Ch0701-0853/HRS0831/HRS_0831-0003_0002.htm). The process takes 120 days. Arrest records that have been expunged from your criminal history record are confidential and not available to the general public. For more information, refer to Expungement Frequently Asked Questions.

The expungement process does not include removal of court or traffic records. If you have questions or concerns regarding the removal of court records or obtaining court documents, you may contact the Judiciary Communications and Community Relations Office at (808) 539-4909, or www.courts.state.hi.us.

The Expungements section of the Department of the Attorney General can be reached at (808) 587-3348.