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Georgia State Code
Title      24
Chapter       4  
Section Navigation     1 ... 20         21 ... 41    
    42 ... 62           63 ... 65      
Section<<< 63 64 65  
Title 24, Chapter 4, Section 63 (24-4-63)

(a) It shall be the duty of the bureau to receive samples and to analyze, classify, and file the results of DNA identification characteristics of samples submitted pursuant to Code Section 24-4-60 and to make such information available as provided in this Code section. The results of an analysis and comparison of the identification of the characteristics from two or more biological samples shall be made available directly to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers upon a request made in furtherance of an official investigation of any criminal offense. A request may be made by personal contact, mail, or electronic means. The name of the requestor and the purpose for which the information is requested shall be maintained on file with the bureau.

(b)(1) Upon his or her request, a copy of the request for search shall be furnished to any person identified and charged with an offense as the result of a search of information in the data bank. Only when a sample or DNA profile supplied by the requestor satisfactorily matches the requestor's profile in the data bank shall the existence of data in the data bank be confirmed or identifying information from the data bank be disseminated.

(2) The name of the convicted offender whose profile is contained in the data bank may be related to any other data bases which are constructed for law enforcement purposes and may be disseminated only for law enforcement purposes.

(3) Upon a showing by the defendant in a criminal case that access to the DNA data bank is material to the investigation, preparation, or presentation of a defense at trial or in a motion for a new trial, a superior court having proper jurisdiction over such criminal case shall direct the bureau to compare a DNA profile which has been generated by the defendant through an independent test against the data bank, provided that such DNA profile has been generated in accordance with standards for forensic DNA analysis adopted pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 14131, as amended.

(c) The bureau shall develop procedures governing the methods of obtaining information from the data bank in accordance with this Code section and procedures for verification of the identity and authority of the requestor. The bureau shall specify the positions in that agency which require regular access to the data bank and samples submitted as a necessary function of the job.

(d) The bureau may create a separate statistical data base comprised of DNA profiles of samples of persons whose identity is unknown. Nothing in this Code section or Code Section 24-4-64 shall prohibit the bureau from sharing or otherwise disseminating the information in the statistical data base with law enforcement or criminal justice agencies within or outside the state.

(e) The bureau may charge a reasonable fee to search and provide a comparative analysis of DNA profiles in the data bank to any authorized law enforcement agency outside of the state.

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