Collecting DNA samples from felony arrestees is now illegal in California

By: Wallin & Klarich

In the American justice system, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

How, then, is it legal for police to require you to give a DNA sample immediately after your arrest? According to a recent California court decision, it is not.

In People v. Buza, a state appellate court ruled that it was unconstitutional for police to draw a DNA sample from suspects of a felony crime to include in a DNA databank designed to link suspects with unsolved crimes. As an unreasonable “search and seizure,” the court deemed this practice as a violation of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Therefore, requiring a felony arrestee to submit a DNA sample without independent suspicion, a warrant, or probable cause is unconstitutional.

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