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RCW 43.43.754

DNA identification system — Biological samples — Collection, use, testing — Scope and application of section.

(1) A biological sample must be collected for purposes of DNA identification analysis from:

     (a) Every adult or juvenile individual convicted of a felony, or any of the following crimes (or equivalent juvenile offenses):

     Assault in the fourth degree with sexual motivation (RCW 9A.36.041, 9.94A.835)

     Communication with a minor for immoral purposes (RCW 9.68A.090)

     Custodial sexual misconduct in the second degree (RCW 9A.44.170)

     Failure to register (*RCW 9A.44.130)

     Harassment (RCW 9A.46.020)

     Patronizing a prostitute (RCW 9A.88.110)

     Sexual misconduct with a minor in the second degree (RCW 9A.44.096)

     Stalking (RCW 9A.46.110)

     Violation of a sexual assault protection order granted under chapter 7.90 RCW; and

     (b) Every adult or juvenile individual who is required to register under RCW 9A.44.130.

     (2) If the Washington state patrol crime laboratory already has a DNA sample from an individual for a qualifying offense, a subsequent submission is not required to be submitted.

     (3) Biological samples shall be collected in the following manner:

     (a) For persons convicted of any offense listed in subsection (1)(a) of this section or adjudicated guilty of an equivalent juvenile offense who do not serve a term of confinement in a department of corrections facility, and do serve a term of confinement in a city or county jail facility, the city or county shall be responsible for obtaining the biological samples.

     (b) The local police department or sheriff's office shall be responsible for obtaining the biological samples for:

     (i) Persons convicted of any offense listed in subsection (1)(a) of this section or adjudicated guilty of an equivalent juvenile offense who do not serve a term of confinement in a department of corrections facility, and do not serve a term of confinement in a city or county jail facility; and

     (ii) Persons who are required to register under **RCW 9A.44.030.

     (c) For persons convicted of any offense listed in subsection (1)(a) of this section or adjudicated guilty of an equivalent juvenile offense, who are serving or who are to serve a term of confinement in a department of corrections facility or a department of social and health services facility, the facility holding the person shall be responsible for obtaining the biological samples. For those persons incarcerated before June 12, 2008, who have not yet had a biological sample collected, priority shall be given to those persons who will be released the soonest.

     (4) Any biological sample taken pursuant to RCW 43.43.752 through 43.43.758 may be retained by the forensic laboratory services bureau, and shall be used solely for the purpose of providing DNA or other tests for identification analysis and prosecution of a criminal offense or for the identification of human remains or missing persons. Nothing in this section prohibits the submission of results derived from the biological samples to the federal bureau of investigation combined DNA index system.

     (5) The forensic laboratory services bureau of the Washington state patrol is responsible for testing performed on all biological samples that are collected under subsection (1) of this section, to the extent allowed by funding available for this purpose. The director shall give priority to testing on samples collected from those adults or juveniles convicted of a felony or adjudicated guilty of an equivalent juvenile offense that is defined as a sex offense or a violent offense in RCW 9.94A.030. Known duplicate samples may be excluded from testing unless testing is deemed necessary or advisable by the director.

     (6) This section applies to:

     (a) All adults and juveniles to whom this section applied prior to June 12, 2008;

     (b) All adults and juveniles to whom this section did not apply prior to June 12, 2008, who:

     (i) Are convicted on or after June 12, 2008, of an offense listed in subsection (1)(a) of this section; or

     (ii) Were convicted prior to June 12, 2008, of an offense listed in subsection (1)(a) of this section and are still incarcerated on or after June 12, 2008; and

     (c) All adults and juveniles who are required to register under RCW 9A.44.130 on or after June 12, 2008, whether convicted before, on, or after June 12, 2008.

     (7) This section creates no rights in a third person. No cause of action may be brought based upon the noncollection or nonanalysis or the delayed collection or analysis of a biological sample authorized to be taken under RCW 43.43.752 through 43.43.758.

     (8) The detention, arrest, or conviction of a person based upon a database match or database information is not invalidated if it is determined that the sample was obtained or placed in the database by mistake, or if the conviction or juvenile adjudication that resulted in the collection of the biological sample was subsequently vacated or otherwise altered in any future proceeding including but not limited to posttrial or postfact-finding motions, appeals, or collateral attacks.

[2008 c 97 § 2; 2002 c 289 § 2; 1999 c 329 § 2; 1994 c 271 § 402; 1990 c 230 § 3; 1989 c 350 § 4.]

Notes:

     Reviser's note: *(1) 2010 c 267 removed from RCW 9A.44.130 provisions relating to the crime of "failure to register" as a sex offender or kidnapping offender, and placed similar provisions in RCW 9A.44.132.

     **(2) The reference to RCW 9A.44.030 appears to be erroneous. Reference to RCW 9A.44.130 was apparently intended.

     Severability -- Effective date -- 2002 c 289: See notes following RCW 43.43.753.

     Findings -- 1999 c 329: "The legislature finds it necessary to expand the current pool of convicted offenders who must have a blood sample drawn for purposes of DNA identification analysis. The legislature further finds that there is a high rate of recidivism among certain types of violent and sex offenders and that drawing blood is minimally intrusive. Creating an expanded DNA data bank bears a rational relationship to the public's interest in enabling law enforcement to better identify convicted violent and sex offenders who are involved in unsolved crimes, who escape to reoffend, and who reoffend after release." [1999 c 329 § 1.]

     Severability -- 1999 c 329: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1999 c 329 § 3.]

     Finding -- 1994 c 271: "The legislature finds that DNA identification analysis is an accurate and useful law enforcement tool for identifying and prosecuting sexual and violent offenders. The legislature further finds no compelling reason to exclude juvenile sexual and juvenile violent offenders from DNA identification analysis." [1994 c 271 § 401.]

     Purpose -- Severability -- 1994 c 271: See notes following RCW 9A.28.020.

     Finding -- Funding limitations -- 1989 c 350: See notes following RCW 43.43.752.