Section 15-23-77

Right to have property returned.

(a) Prior to the admission of evidence to the court, on request of the victim, after consultation and written approval by the district attorney or Attorney General, the law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the criminal offense shall return to the victim any property belonging to the victim that was taken during the course of the investigation, or shall inform the victim of the reasons why the property will not be returned. The law enforcement agency shall make reasonable efforts to return the property to the victim as soon as possible.

(b) If the property of the victim has been admitted as evidence during a trial or hearing, the court may, upon request of the district attorney or the Attorney General, order its release to the victim if a photograph can be substituted. If evidence is released pursuant to this subsection, the attorney for the defendant or investigator may inspect and independently photograph the evidence before it is released.

(Acts 1995, No. 95-583, p. 1234, §18.)