Since 1994, the State of New Jersey has collected DNA from people arrested for a variety of violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault with certain conditions, kidnapping, luring or enticing a child, and a number of sexual assault offenses, or the attempt to commit these crimes.
The state maintains a database of DNA samples from offenders, and those accused of these crimes are obligated to provide such a sample as a condition of their release from custody.
In cases where people are mistakenly released from custody without providing such a sample, the obligation remains.
Knowingly refusing to provide a blood or other biological sample for DNA cataloging is a separate crime of the fourth degree under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-11, Refusal to Allow Blood, Biological Sample to be Drawn.
It may feel like a violation of your rights to be required to turn over your DNA signature to the state if you haven’t been convicted of a crime, but you can face up to 18 months in prison if you don’t comply.
Serious criminal charges require a serious criminal defense lawyer.
Matthew Reisig has defended people in New Jersey facing some of the toughest charges state prosecutors can bring.
When you’re accused of violent crimes, get help right away.
Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.