The Denver District Attorney’s office as well as many other DA’s across America are using crime scene DNA to file a criminal charge while waiting for the perpetrator to be found. When the DNA is secured a John Doe arrest warrant is made while patiently awaiting the locating of the criminal. This means that a crime is now charged while there is no actual person yet in custody.
This newer method of crime solving simply awaits a DNA match when someone is arrested for another event. Once the match is made, the investigation for the original crime can be moved forward. This makes DNA the 21 Century fingerprint. While the DNA files are available only for those who have been involved with a felonious act, the move is now to take DNA from misdemeanor charged persons as well.
Over time, the across the county the DA’s offices will have a significant file and they say that this data base will advance crime fighting to a significant degree. All they need do is wait until the match of DNA turns up and then they can quickly proceed with the older crime as well as the current investigation.
This could rapidly change the face of investigations in America. The California Supreme Court has heard a challenge to this method and it has ruled it to be constitutional. These John Doe warrants have been issued in Denver and across the entire state of Colorado other states as well. Since DNA evidence holds up very well as evidence, this method will possibly speed trials and hopefully result in a higher rate of convictions.
Although the method of holding DNA for future convictions has been very vigorously challenged , the California Court approval of the method indicates it will be even more widely used in the near future. familial DNA is a variation on this method wherein a match to a near relative may lead the police to the criminal. This is definitely a 21st century application of cutting edge science to crime fighting in Denver
. Citizens /taxpayers generally are very approving of this method. Although privacy concerns were present the California Court ruling has moved DNA methods forward. Thousands of rape kits hold valuable evidence that may not lead to a conviction for a time yet markedly can increase conviction rates. The cost saving benefits are obvious and in times of very tight police budgets, John Doe warrants lead to greater efficiency and a higher conviction rate as well.
Denver citizens have been vocal in their pressures for reducing crime in the city. This method is one of the ways that those demands will be addressed.