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Legal Statutes: Hawaii

UPDATED October 5, 2016

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Part IV. Kidnapping and Related Offenses; Criminal Coercion

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(1) A person commits the offense of kidnapping if the person intentionally or knowingly restrains another person with intent to:

(a) Hold that person for ransom or reward;

(b) Use that person as a shield or hostage;

(c) Facilitate the commission of a felony or flight thereafter;

(d) Inflict bodily injury upon that person or subject that person to a sexual offense;

(e) Terrorize that person or a third person;

(f) Interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function; or

(g) Unlawfully obtain the labor or services of that person, regardless of whether related to the collection of a debt.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (3), kidnapping is a class A felony.

(3) In a prosecution for kidnapping, it is a defense which reduces the offense to a class B felony that the defendant voluntarily released the victim, alive and not suffering from serious or substantial bodily injury, in a safe place prior to trial.
Laws 1972, ch. 9, § 1; Laws 1984, ch. 90, § 1; Laws 1986, ch. 314, § 53; Laws 2008, ch. 147, § 2, eff. June 6, 2008.