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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

DNA Evidence and the Investigative Process

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There are factors the victim should be aware of during the investigative process.

Clothing, carpet, linens, or other personal possessions that may contain relevant DNA evidence may be removed, cut, or destroyed. This may place additional stress on the victim and should be conveyed at the onset of the investigation.

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