In one of our earlier posts, we discussed the proposed bill that would collect DNA from people convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes. The bill is one step closer to becoming a law in Colorado after the House passed the proposed bill.

Many lawmakers support the bill that would increase the number of people who would be required to submit a DNA sample. Not only would individuals convicted of felony crimes be required to have their DNA collected, people convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses would also have their DNA collected.

Supporters of the bill say that it will help solve cold cases, prevent future crimes and exonerate innocent people earlier in investigations. However, some lawmakers are opposed to the bill because DNA collection identifies more information about a person than fingerprints do.

The bill states that only people convicted of Class 1 misdemeanors would be required to submit their DNA. Opponents said that it is not fair to force people convicted of minor thefts and other minor offenses to submit DNA samples that will be stored by the state and possibly tested during future criminal investigations.

Despite some opposition, a majority of lawmakers in the Colorado House voted to approve the bill. Now, the Senate will consider the bill and if they vote in approval, the bill would go to the governor to be signed into law.

If the bill becomes law, more people in Colorado would have to submit their DNA if they are convicted of certain minor offenses. Having a criminal conviction on your record can have a great impact on the rest of your life, including having to submit your DNA to the state if the bill is passed. That is why it is important to consult a criminal defense attorney if you are arrested or charged with a misdemeanor crime.

Source: CBS Denver, "More DNA Sampling Passes Colorado House, Heads to Senate," April 23, 2013