Colorado Looks to Expand DNA Sampling for Those Charged With Crimes
The Colorado Legislature may soon consider legislation that would expand the collection of DNA samples to include anyone convicted of any crime in Colorado, according to a recent report from CBS Denver.
Currently, Colorado law requires anyone convicted of a felony in the state to give a DNA sample. The bill the Legislature is considering would expand that requirement to those convicted of misdemeanors as well - even if the crime is not a violent one or the individual convicted does not have to serve any jail or prison time. Currently, only one state, New York, collects DNA from all convicted individuals, but many states do collect from those convicted of felonies.
The convicted person would be expected to pay for the cost of the test, but the state would cover the costs of processing the results in a laboratory and including them in state and federal databases. Supporters of the bill note that the lab costs are significant, but say that the return for Colorado in terms of solving crimes would outweigh the costs.
Opponents of the bill include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is deeply concerned about privacy, reliability, and regulation.
DNA sampling comes with many legal issues related to privacy and the collection of evidence, which are key parts of nearly every criminal case - even those that don’t involve DNA. If you’re facing criminal charges in Colorado, don’t hesitate to call the hardworking Colorado Springs criminal defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. We’ll fight to defend the full extent of your legal rights and to secure the best possible outcome in your case. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential case evaluation.