Prosecutors in Indiana often rely in part on DNA evidence when making their case against those charged with a crime. A law enacted earlier this year makes it easier for prosecutors to obtain DNA evidence. This has led to over 70 DNA matches, including one recent one involving the theft of a trailer.
An Indiana law enacted in January that requires officers to collect the DNA of individuals accused of committing felony crimes has recently led to the apprehension of a man accused of committing theft back in January. The man had DNA collected from him in April after being arrested for stealing a trailer. Then, Indiana officers found that this DNA sample matched that from an incident back in January involving the theft of a different trailer. Prior to this law, DNA was only taken after a person had received a conviction on a felony crime.
This situation brings up some interesting legal questions. DNA evidence may seem air-tight, but that is not always the case. Also, one might question the legality of collecting DNA from someone who has not been convicted of a crime. Does that violate a person’s Constitutional rights? Time will tell whether such arguments will be made in cases like the one above.
Police and prosecutors in Indiana will take every step they can to convict those they accuse of committing a crime. Felony crimes in particular are serious, as they involve more significant penalties, including incarceration, fines and a criminal record. If a person believes they have been wrongfully charged with a crime or if they believe that DNA was unlawfully collected from them, that person will want to get the right information about their options for a strong criminal defense strategy.