Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.147
Access to Dna Database Information


The director by rule shall establish procedures:


to prevent unauthorized access to the DNA database; and


to release from the DNA database a DNA sample, analysis, record, or other information maintained under this subchapter.


The director may adopt rules relating to the internal disclosure, access, or use of a sample or DNA record in a DNA laboratory.


The director may release a DNA sample, analysis, or record only:


to a criminal justice agency for criminal justice or law enforcement identification purposes;


for a judicial proceeding, if otherwise admissible under law;


for criminal defense purposes to a defendant, if related to the case in which the defendant is charged or released from custody under Article 17.47 (Conditions Requiring Submission of Specimen), Code of Criminal Procedure, or other court order; or


for another purpose:


described in Section 411.143 (Purposes); or


required under federal law as a condition for obtaining federal funding.


The director may release a record of the number of requests made for a defendant’s individual DNA record and the name of the requesting person.


A criminal justice agency may have access to a DNA sample for a law enforcement purpose through:


the agency’s laboratory; or


a laboratory used by the agency.


The director shall maintain a record of requests made under this section.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 595, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1224 (H.B. 1068), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2005.
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