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Senators pass a tougher criminal code

Santo Domingo.- The amended criminal procedural code recently passed by the Senate states that Police can make an arrest without a court order when a person has objects, weapons, instruments, evidence or papers in his/her possession which leads to probable cause that they’re the perpetrator or accomplice of a felony and can hide or flee the crime scene.

Another change is that a lawyer will be appointed for the victim and not just the accused. This would be applied if the crime carries a five-year prison sentence.

The Senators also approved to extend the pre-trial detention period from 12 to 36 months; establish conciliation on domestic violence, only if it doesn’t endanger the victim’s physical or psychological integrity; eliminates the statute of limitations on crimes, and reinstates night raids on drug trafficking cases. The legislation now goes to the Chamber of Deputies.

Source: DT

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Last updated December 8, 2016 at 12:39 AM
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