[ 709-904.5]  Compensation by an adult of juveniles for crimes; grade or class of offense increased.  (1)  A person other than a juvenile commits the offense of compensation of a juvenile for a crime if the person intentionally or knowingly compensates, offers to compensate, or agrees to compensate any juvenile for the commission of any criminal offense.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 709-904.5

  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.

     (2)  Any person convicted of compensating, offering to compensate, or agreeing to compensate a juvenile for the commission of a:

     (a)  Petty misdemeanor shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor;

     (b)  Misdemeanor shall be deemed guilty of a class C felony;

     (c)  Class C felony shall be deemed guilty of a class B felony;

     (d)  Class B or class A felony shall be deemed guilty of a class A felony.

     (3)  It is not a defense to a prosecution under subsection (1) that the accused had no knowledge of the juvenile’s age.  The intent is to impose absolute liability with respect to the element of the other person’s being less than eighteen years old.

     (4)  For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

     “Compensate” means to confer any benefit or pecuniary benefit.

     “Juvenile” means any person under eighteen years of age.