Writer Question: Can Police Forcibly Take DNA?

I’ve received questions from writers wondering what ways can their detective obtain DNA. They have also asked, “Can police forcibly take DNA?”

Changes in Law Enforcement

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The Criminal Lines blog is in the process of moving from Wordpress to its new home, located here on margueriteashton.net



A Quick Guide to Miranda for Crime Writers Part 2

In A Quick Guide to Miranda for Crime Writers Part 1 I talked about  how the writer would handle Miranda issues. In this post we’re going to discuss how to write a scene involving a lawyer and his client.

A Quick Guide to Miranda for Crime Writers Part 1

The one area of writing crime that I see errors made more often than anywhere else is: Confessions and Admissions, including the Right to Counsel and Miranda. 

Collecting the Evidence: Indoor vs Outdoor Crime Scenes

The Make-up of a Precinct

Social Media for the Writer

Crime Writers’ Panel members, Joe Giacalone and Detective Ken Lang take a look at the correct way to use social media.

Criminal Lines Radio With Bill Cannon

Please join us in welcoming Retired Detective Sergeant, Bill Cannon to Criminal Lines Radio.

We’re Talking Writers: Brad Smith

I had the pleasure of speaking with crime novelist, Brad Smith. We discussed his latest book, Shoot the Dog and what inspired him to write the popular, Virgil Cain series.

I’m looking forward to his next book!

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