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DNA - A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook Inventory

Preparing Cases Involving DNA

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Introduction to Preparing Cases Involving DNA

Preparing any case for trial is difficult work, but when DNA evidence is involved, the case gets much more complicated. Since DNA is playing an increasingly critical role in criminal cases, prosecutors have the responsibility to understand the laws governing its use for incriminating and exculpating suspected criminals. They must also comprehend the science and technology used to analyze DNA and clearly communicate the laboratory's results in court. Given the level of complexity DNA evidence adds to cases, the preparation involved in presenting these cases in a court of law is time consuming. Prosecutors will find that the additional time and effort they invest in cases involving the use of DNA evidence will yield significant results in their investigations and/or trials.

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