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Bill passed to speed up rape kit testing

Posted on May 11th, 2011 No Comments

Last week, members of the Texas Senate passed a bill to speed up the testing of rape kits by requiring police departments to submit evidence in sexual assault cases to a crime lab within 30 days after collection.  In addition, rape kits would be required to be tested within 90 days after collection.

The bill, SB 1363, will now move onto the House of Representatives to be voted on.  Currently, the Houston Police Department has a backlog of rape kits of around 4,000.  Police say that rape kits are most helpful in cases where the suspect denies any contact or where the attacker is unknown.

To discuss the steps to take to protect yourself after being charged with a sex crime in Houston, contact the Houston sex crimes defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today.