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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

11 Pretrial DNA Evidence Issues

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Upon completion of Module 11, you will be able to:

  • Understand discovery issues involved with DNA evidence.
  • Recognize pretrial legal questions related to DNA evidence.
  • Have knowledge of specific discovery items requested in cases in which DNA testing occurs.
  • Recognize issues important to defendants in criminal cases with potential DNA evidence.
  • Recognize DNA-related issues for persons who plead guilty to, or are convicted of, criminal charges.

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