Juvenile defendants may have the option of “deferred disposition.” In a deferred disposition, the defendant does not contest the state’s facts. If the court finds the statement of uncontested facts is sufficient, it finds the defendant guilty. Disposition, however, is deferred pending satisfaction of the conditions ordered by the court. If the defendant meets the conditions, the conviction is vacated.
An ongoing question has been whether juvenile defendants subject to deferred disposition are required to submit a DNA sample.
A juvenile defendant recently challenged an order that required him to submit a DNA sample. The juvenile was charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, which is a felony. The trial court granted his motion for deferred disposition. He objected to submitting a DNA sample, but the court overruled the objection. The court entered guilty findings on both charges and deferred disposition. The court also stayed the requirement he submit a DNA sample pending his appeal.