709-903 Persistent nonsupport. (1) A person commits the offense of persistent nonsupport if the person knowingly and persistently fails to provide support which the person can provide and which the person knows the person is legally obliged to provide to a spouse, child, or other dependent.
Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 709-903
- Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
(2) “Support” includes but is not limited to food, shelter, clothing, education, and other necessary care as determined by law.
(3) Persistent nonsupport is a misdemeanor.