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S.B. 116





Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             5      This act modifies the Criminal Code, removing the statute of limitations on certain
             6      violent crimes when DNA evidence has been collected that can be used to identify the
             7      perpetrator.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          76-1-302, as last amended by Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 1990
             11      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             12          Section 1. Section 76-1-302 is amended to read:
             13           76-1-302. Time limitations for prosecution of offenses -- Provisions if DNA
             14      evidence would identify the defendant -- Commencement of prosecution.
             15          (1) Except as otherwise provided, a prosecution for:
             16          (a) a felony or negligent homicide shall be commenced within four years after it is
             17      committed;
             18          (b) a misdemeanor other than negligent homicide shall be commenced within two years
             19      after it is committed; and
             20          (c) any infraction shall be commenced within one year after it is committed.
             21          (2) (a) A prosecution for the offenses listed in Subsections 76-3-203.5(1)(c)(i)(A)
             22      through (P) may be commenced at any time if the identity of the person who committed the
             23      crime is unknown but DNA evidence is collected that would identify the person at a later date.
             24          (b) Subsection (2)(a) does not apply if the statute of limitations on a crime has run as of
             25      May 5, 2003, and no charges have been filed.
             26          (3) If the statute of limitations would have run but for the provisions of Subsection (2)
             27      and identification of a perpetrator is made through DNA, a prosecution shall be commenced

             28      within one year of the discovery of the identity of the perpetrator.
             29          [(2)] (4) A prosecution is commenced upon the finding and filing of an indictment by a
             30      grand jury or upon the filing of a complaint or information.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-20-03 3:23 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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