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(a) No person shall knowingly collect any blood, urine, tissue, or other bodily substance of another person without privilege or consent to do so.
(b) (1) Division (a) of this section does not apply to any of the following:
A. The collection of any bodily substance of a person by a law enforcement officer, or by another person pursuant to the direction or advice of a law enforcement officer, for purposes of a chemical test or tests of the substance under Ohio R.C. 1547.111(A)(1) or Ohio R.C. 4511.191(A)(2) to determine the alcohol, drug, controlled substance, metabolite of a controlled substance, or combination content of the bodily substance;
B. The collection of any bodily substance of a person by a peace officer, or by another person pursuant to the direction or advice of a peace officer, for purposes of a test or tests of the substance as provided in Ohio R.C. 4506.17(A) to determine the person’s alcohol concentration or the presence of any controlled substance or metabolite of a controlled substance.
(2) Division (b)(1) of this section shall not be construed as implying that the persons identified in divisions (b)(1)A. and B. of this section do not have privilege to collect the bodily substance of another person as described in those divisions or as limiting the definition of “privilege” set forth in Ohio R.C. 2901.01.
(c) Whoever violates division (a) of this section is guilty of unlawful collection of a bodily substance. Except as otherwise provided in this division, unlawful collection of a bodily substance is a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of division (a) of this section or a substantially equivalent state law or municipal ordinance, unlawful collection of a bodily substance is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate state law.