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Hawaii Statutes of Limitations

What is the statute of limitations for your legal rights in Hawaii?


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Statute of Limitation Laws in Hawaii

Hawaii State SealIn order to convict you of an offense or sue you for monetary gain, your crime, tort or contractual agreement must fall within a certain time-line allowed by law. An Hawaii law on statute of limitations is simply that time which is allotted by the law as written by the state of Hawaii within which you can be convicted or held liable for a debt.

Below is the Hawaii statute of limitations listings for a number of different offenses and torts. While this list is updated regularly, often-times laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation. Please consult with a qualified Hawaii attorney in this and any other legal matter.

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HAWAII STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

Type of Offense Length of Statute
Any Capital Offense:No Limit
Rape:10 Years
Drug trafficking:6 Years
Forgery (felony):6 Years
Counterfeiting(felony):6 Years
Contracts:6 Years/td>
Injury to personal property:2 Years
Open accounts for debt collections:6 Years
Wrongful Death:2 Years
Medical Malpractice Actions:The statute of limitations in Hawaii is two (2) years if the patient did not immediately discover the injury, then, they have 1 year from the date they discovered, or the date they should have discovered, the injury to file a lawsuit. The suit cannot be filed more than 6 years after the date of the injury. For a minor under 10 years of age they have until their 10th birthday to file a medical malpractice suit or the 6-year statute of limitations, whichever period is longer.
Code Section § 657-7.3
Fraud:3 years from when the fraud was or reasonably should have been discovered.
Intentional Torts:2 Years
Libel | Slander | Defamation:2 Years
Personal Injury Actions:2 years from the date of injury
Oral Agreements:6 Years
Rules for Minors:Limitation period begins to run on the minors 18th birthday, except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death
Products Liability Actions:Within 2 years from the date of discovery.
Complete Hawaii criminal revised statute of limitations can be found on the Hawaii Criminal Statute of Limitations page.
Disclaimer: Statute of Limitation laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended, and/or changed by the legislature of that states jurisdiction. The authors and webmaster of StatuteofLimitation.info have made every effort to post the most current laws. Please use this site as a general reference and for comparison purposes. Do not substitute any information from this site for advice you would get from a qualified legal professional

Hawaii Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

In order for an Hawaii debt collector or debt buyer to sue you to collect a debt they have to do that within the time limits that the state of Hawaii law requires. This is what is known as the statute of limitations. If they sue you outside of that statute of limitations then that may violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Even threatening to sue you beyond the statute of limitations can also be considered a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violation.

If you are dealing with an unscrupulous Hawaii debt collector that is threatening you with a lawsuit, whether verbal or written, for an old debt, then you need to look at the Hawaii statute of limitations if that debt collector has a potential case against you or has potentially violated the FDCP Act.

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