Colorado lawmakers recently proposed a bill that would allow the state to collect DNA samples from anyone convicted of a misdemeanor offense. Lawmakers proposed the bill to help law enforcement crack down on unsolved cases as well as a way to stop repeat offenders.

Colorado currently collects DNA samples from felony offenders and the proposed bill would make misdemeanor offenders adhere to the same requirements. The bill would require anyone convicted of a misdemeanor offense to submit a DNA sample that would be entered into a database. The DNA would then be compared to other DNA found at crimes scenes to see if the offender committed any other unsolved crimes.

District Attorneys in the state support the proposed bill because they believe it will help solve unsolved cases and help reduce crime in the state.

Not everyone supports the bill. The ACLU of Colorado is against the bill, stating that it is a violates privacy rights and civil liberties to collect DNA samples from anyone convicted of a crime, regardless how minor the offense was. The ACLU also said that the bill would significantly increase the number of people required to submit DNA and could cause some financial concerns in the future if the state isn't able to keep up with testing or storing the DNA.

If the bill does pass, anyone convicted of a misdemeanor offense will be required to submit a DNA sample for the state's database. This could have a serious impact on a person's future and makes it even more important for people arrested for a misdemeanor or felony offense to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. DNA samples will be stored in the state's database and could implicate someone with a prior offense in a future case if his or her DNA is found at a scene of crime.

Source: Fox 31, "Bill would collect DNA swabs from misdemeanor offenders," Thomas Hendrick and Kim Posey, March 5, 2013