HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
Relating to prostitution.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 712-1200, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (4) to read as follows:
"(4) A person convicted of committing the offense of prostitution as a petty misdemeanor shall be sentenced as follows:
(a) For the first offense, when the court has not deferred further proceedings pursuant to chapter 853, a fine of not less than $500 but not more than $1,000 and the person may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than thirty days or probation; provided that in the event the convicted person defaults in payment of the fine, and the default was not contumacious, the court may sentence the person to perform services for the community as authorized by section 706-605(1).
(b) For any subsequent offense, a fine of not less than $500 but not more than $1,000 and a term of imprisonment of thirty days or probation, without possibility of deferral of further proceedings pursuant to chapter 853 and without possibility of suspension of sentence.
(c) For the purpose of
this subsection, if the court has deferred further proceedings pursuant to
chapter 853, and notwithstanding any provision of chapter 853 to the contrary,
the defendant shall not be eligible to apply for expungement pursuant to
section 831-3.2 until [
four] three years following
discharge. A plea previously entered by
a defendant under section 853-1 for a violation of this section shall be
considered a prior offense. When the
court has ordered a sentence of probation, the court may impose as a condition
of probation that the defendant complete a course of prostitution intervention
classes; provided that the court may only impose the condition for one term of
SECTION 2. Section 712-1209.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§712-1209.6 Prostitution; motion
to vacate conviction. (1) A person convicted of committing the offense
of prostitution under section [
loitering for the purpose of engaging in or advancing prostitution under
section [ 712-1206,] 712-1206(2), street solicitation of
prostitution in designated areas under section [ 712-1207,] 712‑1207(1)(a)
or 712-1207(2)(a), or convicted of a lesser offense when originally charged
with a violation of section [ 712-1200, 712‑1206, or 712-1207,] 712-1200(1)(a),
712-1206(2), 712-1207(1)(a), or 712-1207(2)(a), may file a motion to vacate
the conviction if the [ defendant's participation in the offense was the
result of the person having been a victim of: (a) Sex trafficking
under section 712-1202 or promoting prostitution under section 712-1203; or (b) A severe form
of trafficking in persons as defined in title 22 United States Code section
7102(9)(A). (2) A motion filed under this section shall: (a) Be in writing; (b) Be signed and
sworn to by the petitioner; (c) Be made within
six years after the date that the person ceases to be a victim as described in
subsection (1), subject to reasonable concerns for the safety of the defendant,
family members of the defendant, or other victims of the trafficking that may
be jeopardized by the bringing of a motion, or for other reasons consistent
with the purpose of this section; (d) Describe all
the grounds and evidence for vacation of a conviction which are available to
the petitioner and of which the petitioner has or by the exercise of reasonable
diligence should have knowledge, and provide copies of any official documents
showing that the defendant is entitled to relief under this section; and (e) Be subject to
the review and written approval of the state agency or county prosecutor
responsible for prosecuting the offense that is the subject of the motion to
vacate conviction. (3)] defendant is not
subsequently convicted of any offense under the penal code within three years
after the date of the original conviction.
(2) The court shall hold a hearing on a motion
filed under this section [
if the motion satisfies the requirements of
subsection (2); provided that the court may dismiss a motion without a hearing
if the court finds that the motion fails to assert grounds on which relief may
be granted. (4)
If the court grants a motion filed under this section,] to review
the defendant's record over the three years after the date of the original
conviction under section 712‑1200(1)(a), 712-1206(2), 712-1207(1)(a), or
712-1207(2)(a) or conviction of a lesser offense when originally charged with a
violation of any of those sections, and if the court finds that the defendant
has not been convicted of any offense under the penal code within this three
year period, the court shall vacate the conviction.
(5) A person making a motion to vacate pursuant
to this section has the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence. (6) This section shall not apply to a motion to
vacate a conviction under this chapter for: (a) Sex trafficking
under section 712-1202; (b) Promoting
prostitution under section 712-1203; or (c) A person who
pays, agrees to pay or offers a fee to another person to engage in sexual
SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Prostitution; Motion to Vacate
Permits persons convicted of certain prostitution offenses to file a motion to vacate the conviction if the defendant is not convicted of another offense under the penal code within three years of the prostitution offense.
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