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HB1121: DNA Evidence Preservation Process

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB1121
Year: 2009
ACLU Position: Monitor
Sponsors: Rep. King; Sen. Renfroe


Clarifies that evidence preservation requirements for criminal investigations apply to felonies or sex crimes. Clarifies process for disposal of evidence after notice to the district attorney, the defendant and his or her defense counsel, and gives defendant opportunity to file objection with court. Allows for disposal of evidence upon the victim's or defendant's request. At sentencing, requires the district attorney to make certain representations related to potential DNA evidence and directs the court to enter those representations into the automated case record. Requires the Dept of Public Safety to compile a report regarding data collected in automated case records.

Read the bill here.

Current Status:

03/18/2009 Signed by Governor

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