15-2B-1 Short title
15-2B-2 Policy
15-2B-3 Definitions
15-2B-4 Division of public safety to establish and administer DNA identification system; inspection of laboratories
15-2B-5 Authority of division to enter into cooperative agreements
15-2B-6 DNA sample required for DNA analysis upon conviction; DNA sample required for certain prisoners
15-2B-7 Tests to be performed on DNA sample
15-2B-8 Maintenance of DNA samples and records
15-2B-9 Procedures for withdrawal of blood sample for DNA analysis and for conducting analysis
15-2B-10 DNA database exchange
15-2B-11 Expungement
15-2B-12 Confidentiality; unauthorized uses of DNA databank; penalties
15-2B-13 Neglect of duties; destruction of samples; penalties
15-2B-14 Right to DNA testing
15-2B-15 Collection of fees to cover the cost of DNA profile entry into the DNA database and DNA databank; cost of collecting and analyzing DNA sample
15-2B-16 Partial matches and the DNA database

Terms Used In West Virginia Code > Chapter 15 > Article 2B - DNA Data

  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • CODIS: includes the National DNA Index System administered and operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Conviction: includes convictions by a jury or court, guilty plea, or plea of nolo contendere. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Division: means the West Virginia State Police. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • DNA: means deoxyribonucleic acid. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • DNA record: means DNA identification information stored in any state DNA database pursuant to this article. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • DNA sample: means a tissue, fluid or other bodily sample, suitable for testing, provided pursuant to this article or submitted to the division laboratory for analysis pursuant to a criminal investigation. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • FBI: means the Federal Bureau of Investigation. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Interim plan: means the plan used currently by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Partial Match Protocol and to be adopted under the management rules of this article. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • judgment: includes decrees and orders for the payment of money or the conveyance or delivery of land or personal property, or some interest therein, or any undertaking, bond or recognizance which has the legal effect of a judgment. See West Virginia Code 2-2-10
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Management rules: means the rules promulgated by the West Virginia State Police that define all policy and procedures in the administration of this article. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • offense: includes every act or omission for which a fine, forfeiture or punishment is imposed by law. See West Virginia Code 2-2-10
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partial match: means that two DNA profiles, while not an exact match, share a sufficient number of characteristics to indicate the possibility of a biological relationship. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • Qualifying offense: means any felony offense as described in section six of this article or any offense requiring a person to register as a sex offender under this code or the federal law. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Registering Agency: means the West Virginia State Police. See West Virginia Code 15-2B-3
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.