Van Nuys Superior Court – 10/2014
Client charged with First Degree Residential Burglary…case dismissed by judge after Preliminary Hearing. After finding the defendant's DNA on latex gloves that were disgarded after a a burglary, the prosecution charged the defendant with Burglary of the residence. However, a recent case came out in 2014 that requires the prosecution to show more than just DNA evidence in this type of case. Just like with fingerprints, DNA alone is not enough to convict someone for a crime. The rationale behind the ruling is that there is no way to determine when the DNA or fingerprints where placed on a particular object and therefore DNA alone will not meet the burden of proof necessary to convict someone of a crime in Los Angeles.