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Understanding Hawaii "Statutory Rape" Charges

 

First Hawaii laws have done away with the terms "statutory" and "rape"- all "rape" offenses are now classified "sexual assaults," and the term "statutory" has been eliminated. The word sexual assault is typically associated with strong feelings of sexual force and violence; however, there are some categories of sexual assault that are nonviolent in nature. Sexual assault can be non-violent in nature, but is considered sexual assault due to the age of the victim. Hawaii sexual assault laws are greatly enforced in order to better protect the youth of Hawaii by ensuring individuals over the legal age will be punished for attempting to, or actually influencing, young adults to engage in sexual relations. Sexual assault lawyers from Harrison & Matsuoka in Hawaii provide information to help people understand sexual assault, including a description of what constitutes sexual assault.

Hawaii Sexual Assault Laws relating to minors

 

Hawaii sexual assault laws involving minors were created in order to protect adolescence from mature sexual influences and situations. "Sexual assault is categorized in different degrees; all degrees are considered a felony, but some degrees are less punishable then others. The age of consent in Hawaii is 14; any individual who is 5 years older than the minor could potentially face criminal charges. First-degree sexual assault in Hawaii is any sexual act with another person under the age of 14. It is also considered first-degree sexual assault when an individual five years older than a 14-15 year old engages in sexual relations with the individual between the ages of 14-15.

What Constitutes Sexual assault?

 

What constitutes sexual assault? This is a universal question in which many people are unaware of the exact answer. Sexual assault is the act of forcefully, whether by physical, mental or emotional force, engaging in sexual relations with someone who is unwilling, unable, or too naïve and immature to consent to sexual relations. Underage sexual assault is considered sexual assault because the victim is naïve, or not matured fully in the decision making process.

Sexual assault Lawyers in Hawaii

 

Sexual assault laws in Hawaii are strict and violations of these laws are categorized as a felony. If convicted, felony sexual assault charges could result in long prison incarcerations and the lifetime registration as a sex offender. When faced with severe penalties it is important to seek experienced legal counsel to guide your case throughout the litigation process. The first step after being charged with violating any sexual assault laws in Hawaii is to seek an experienced sexual assault lawyer. An attorney will aggressively defend your rights and charges at trial. We are a sexual assault law firm that has obtained successful results by trial and negotiations; contact our sexual assault attorneys at Harrison & Matsuoka today at 808-523-7041, or complete our web form for additional information or help with your case.

 
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