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DNA: Qualifying District of Columbia Offenses

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CSOSA is responsible for collecting a DNA sample from each individual under its supervision who is, or has been, convicted of a qualifying District of Columbia Code offense.

The D.C. Council in 2001 determined the qualifying District of Columbia Code offenses. On December 10, 2009, DC Code §22-4151, Qualifying Offenses was amended. The law now makes any felony and any offenses for which the penalty is greater than one year imprisonment a DNA qualifying offense.

Examples of qualifying District of Columbia offenses include:

  • Any felony
  • Any offense for which the penalty is greater than one year imprisonment
  • Assault with intent to kill, rob, or poison, or to commit first degree sexual abuse, second degree sexual abuse or child sexual abuse
  • Assault with intent to commit mayhem or with dangerous weapon
  • Mayhem or maliciously disfiguring
  • Cruelty to children
  • Lewd, indecent, or obscene acts (knowingly in the presence of a child under the age of 16 years)
  • Incest
  • Sexual performances using minors
  • Murder in the first degree
  • Assault on member of police force, campus or university special police, or fire department using a deadly or dangerous weapon

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