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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Key Legal Issues Surrounding the Collection of DNA Evidence

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Self-Incrimination and the Right to Counsel

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DNA, like a fingerprint, a blood sample, or hair, is nontestimonial evidence. Thus, there is no violation of the fifth amendment privilege against compelled self-incrimination when DNA evidence is lawfully seized. 4

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