DNA Collection for DUI Results in 2001 Rape Conviction

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on June 30, 2014 · 0 comments

in Orange County, Sexual Offenses

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santa ana criminal defense attorneyA jury recently convicted a man of a 2001 rape with the help of DNA evidence collected from a recent DUI conviction.

Raul Moreno-Perez was given a 30-day sentence in 2012 as the result of a drunk driving conviction. He was also compelled to submit a DNA sample, which helped solve the 11 year-old rape case.

Police say Perez stopped at a bus stop to ask a 19-year-old woman if she wanted a ride in 2001. She refused, and Perez left but then returned minutes later, forced her to get into his car, and held her against her will. He drove to a parking lot behind a Garden Grove grocery store and sexually assaulted the woman.

The woman reported the crime and a DNA sample was retrieved and held until 2012, when the DNA sample given by Perez entered the system and resulted in a match.

California’s DNA collection law permits collection from anyone arrested on a felony charge—even before they are convicted. The ACLU brought a civil suit to get the law repealed in 2009, but failed. They say they are concerned that samples are taken before it has been determined that the suspect is guilty of a crime.

Those who are arrested and do submit to DNA sampling but are cleared of any wrongdoing can have their samples removed from the statewide database.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

Our mission is to provide the best legal representation and counsel to all clients. Every client and every case is important. Call us at 714-542-0500 for a free analysis of your case and/or charges, or contact us at SalCiullaLaw.com.

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