Possible Expansion of DNA Collection in NJ
- August 18, 2012
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If pending bill, S-436, becomes law, DNA collection will be expanded from those convicted of, or pleading guilty to indictable offenses. The new law would permit the collection of DNA to those convicted of disorderly persons offenses or found not guilty by reason of insanity. This means that those convicted, or entering guilty pleas, in Municipal Court would be required to provide a DNA sample. The law would also apply to juvenile offenders. This will greatly expand the DNA database and could have serious implications on members of society who have been labeled, by virtue of having a record from a low level municipal offense, as offenders of our laws. Minor offenders may be incriminated for future crimes by virtue of their DNA being found in an area they frequent for lawful purposes. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter. If you are charged with a crime, even if you believe it to be a minor municipal offense, you should consult an experienced criminal law attorney immediately in order to protect your rights. For more information on criminal law or municipal court matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.