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DNA Surcharge – Generally

State v. Ray Shawn Cherry, 2008 WI App 80
For Cherry: John T. Wasielewski

Issue/Holding:

¶5        The statutes governing this issue are clear. If a trial court sentences a defendant to a felony involving a sex crime contrary to Wis. Stat. §§ 940.225, 948.02(1) or (2) 948.025, or 948.085, the trial court must order the defendant to pay the $250 surcharge for the DNA sample. Wis. Stat. § 973.046(1r). When the felony does not involve a sex crime under one of those statutes, however, the trial court may order the defendant to pay the $250 DNA surcharge. Sec. 973.046(1g). Thus, in the latter situation, the trial court has the discretion to decide whether or not to impose the DNA surcharge.

 

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