18 U.S. Code § 3297 - Cases involving DNA evidence

In a case in which DNA testing implicates an identified person in the commission of a felony, no statute of limitations that would otherwise preclude prosecution of the offense shall preclude such prosecution until a period of time following the implication of the person by DNA testing has elapsed that is equal to the otherwise applicable limitation period.


(Added Pub. L. 108–405, title II, § 204(a),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2271; amended Pub. L. 109–162, title X, § 1005,Jan. 5, 2006, 119 Stat. 3086.)

2006—Pub. L. 109–162struck out “except for a felony offense under chapter 109A,” before “no statute of limitations”.
Effective Date

Pub. L. 108–405, title II, § 204(c),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2271, provided that: “The amendments made by this section [enacting this section] shall apply to the prosecution of any offense committed before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this section [Oct. 30, 2004] if the applicable limitation period has not yet expired.”

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