Part I Prostitution, Promoting Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking 712-1200 – 712-1209.6
Part II Offenses Related to Obscenity 712-1210 v2 – 712-1219.5
Part III Gambling Offenses 712-1220 – 712-1232
Part IV Offenses Related to Drugs and Intoxicating Compounds 712-1240 – 712-1260
Part V Nuisance Abatement 801-1 – 712-1281

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes > Chapter 712

  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
  • Administrative revocation: means termination of the respondent's license, and the privilege to operate a vessel underway on or in the waters of the State pursuant to part III, but does not include any revocation imposed under section 291E-61 or 291E-61. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Alarm business: means any individual, corporation, or other business entity that engages in selling, leasing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving, or installing any alarm system in or on any building, place, or premises, except motor vehicles. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 436M-1
  • Alarm system: means any device that is designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry into any building, place, or premises, except motor vehicles, or for alerting others to the commission of an unlawful act, or both, and that emits a sound or transmits a signal or message when activated. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 436M-1
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Audible alarm system: means any alarm system that emits a sound when activated. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 436M-1
  • Automatic telephone dialer: means any alarm system that, when activated, dials a programmed telephone number and, when the telephone is answered, plays a recorded message informing the listener of an unauthorized entry or unlawful act. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 436M-1
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • county: includes the city and county of Honolulu. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 1-22
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Director: means the administrative director of the courts or any other person within the judiciary appointed by the director to conduct administrative reviews or hearings or carry out other functions relating to administrative revocation under part III. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • Ignition interlock device: means a breath alcohol ignition interlock device that is certified pursuant to section 291E-6 and rules adopted thereunder that, when affixed to the ignition system of a motor vehicle, prevents the vehicle from being started without first testing, and thereafter from being operated without periodically retesting, a deep-lung breath sample of the person required to use the device that indicates the person's alcohol concentration is less than . See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • License: means any driver's license or any other license or permit to operate a motor vehicle issued under, or granted by, the laws of this State and includes:

         (1)  Any learner's permit or instruction permit;

         (2)  The privilege of any person to operate a motor vehicle, regardless of whether the person holds a valid license;

         (3)  Any nonresident's operating privilege; and

         (4)  The eligibility, including future eligibility, of any person to apply for a license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1

  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Number plates: refer to the number plates or special number plates, which are commonly known as license plates, that are issued under sections 249-9, 249-9. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Operate: means to drive or assume actual physical control of a vehicle upon a public way, street, road, or highway or to navigate or otherwise use or assume physical control of a vessel underway on or in the waters of the State. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Place: as used in this part means any building, structure, or place, or any separate part or portion thereof, whether permanent or not, or the ground itself. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 712-1280
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Privilege: refers to the authority to operate a vessel underway on or in the waters of the State. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Repeat intoxicated driver: means a person who previously:

         (1)  Has been convicted, during the five years preceding the date of arrest, of one or more violations under:

              (A)  Section 291E-61 or 291E-61. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1

  • Respondent: means a person to whom a notice of administrative revocation has been issued following an arrest for a violation of section 291E-61 or 291E-61. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • State: means :  any state or possession of the United States; the District of Columbia; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the United States Virgin Islands; American Samoa; Guam; any province or territory of the Dominion of Canada; and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, except when the word, in context, clearly refers to the State of Hawaii. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Valid license: means a license that:

         (1)  Is issued by an authorized licensing official in any state;

         (2)  Authorizes an individual to operate a motor vehicle on public streets, roads, or highways; and

         (3)  Has not expired or been revoked, suspended, or canceled. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1

  • Vehicle: includes a:

         (1)  Motor vehicle;

         (2)  Moped; and

         (3)  Vessel. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1

  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Vessel: means all description of watercraft that are used or are capable of being used as a means of transportation on or in the water. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 291E-1
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.