Legal News

Most Convicts in New York Will Have to Submit Samples for DNA Database
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

New York’s new DNA database law that requires anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor under the state’s Penal Law to submit samples to the DNA database has come into effect from this Wednesday. Previously, not all convicts of felonies and misdemeanors were required to submit DNA samples. The law would make New York’ DNA database law the most expansive in U.S.A.

In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “This expansion will help solve and prevent crimes, bring justice to victims and prove innocence for the wrongfully convicted – and above all make our neighborhoods safer for New Yorkers.”

Prosecutors, law enforcement, and legislators have already praised the law, because records show serious, violent crimes are often committed by people already convicted of lower-level offenses. Michael Green , the executive deputy commissioner of the State Division of Criminal Justice Services said, “we were missing opportunities to bring offenders to justice sooner, and prevent future victimization.”

  
What
Where


An earlier draft of the law had been criticized because it did not allow defendants access to the database in order to prove their innocence or prevent wrongful convictions. The new law allows that defendants in some serious crimes, including murder and rape, can have access to the DNA database to prove their innocence.

The law does not apply to children in Family Court matters or juvenile delinquents. Also, first-time offenders convicted of low-level marijuana possession are exempt from the law.

According to reports released by Cuomo’s office, the state’s DNA database has, since 1996, helped to obtain close to 3,000 convictions and helped to exonerate 27 people.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!






 

RELEVANT JOBS

Jr Paralegal

USA-PA-Philadelphia

C2 ALASKA, LLC Philadelphia, PA   The Paralegal I Junior- Division of Enforcement...

Apply now

Trucking Transportation Attorney

USA-TX-Houston

Galloway’s Houston office is seeking an Associate Attorney with 4 - 5 years of experience in g...

Apply now

Paralegal IV

USA-DC-Washington

Paralegal to support the Department of Justice. Works under the direction of a Supervisory Parale...

Apply now

Multi-District Litigation Attorney

USA-TX-Houston

Galloway\'s Houston office is seeking a Multi-District Litigation or Product Liability Litigati...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Associate Attorney

USA-OR-Portland

Portland office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks an associate attorney with 1 year...

Apply Now

Real Estate And Commercial Litigation Attorney

USA-FL-Vero Beach

Vero Beach office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a real estate and commercial li...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a litigation associate attorney ...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top