There are a variety of crimes committed in the United States every year. In addition to drug abuse violations, larceny-theft, and driving under the influence, violent crimes such as murder, non-negligent homicides, and assault also occur.
Arrests Made by Law Enforcement
During 2014, for example, there were a significant number of arrests made by police for various crimes. The estimated arrests totaled 11,205,833 for these crime categories:
- Violent crimes: 498,666
- Property crimes: 1,553,980
Arrests were also made for related and other types of offenses. Drug abuse violations represented the highest number of arrests at 1,561,231. Larceny-theft arrests totaled 1,238,190, and arrests for driving under the influence accounted for 1,117,852 of the arrests made.
Information on Home Burglaries and Property Theft
Law enforcement has reported approximately 8,277,829 property crimes. Due to the commission of these crimes, victims have suffered financial losses that have been approximated at $14.3 billion.
It’s important to note that a home can be burglarized in under 10 minutes by most criminals. When a security system is present, however, around 60% of convicted burglars have stated that this impacted their decision to target another house. Given this information, homes with security systems may pose a significant deterrent against potential break-ins.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s crime victimization survey showed that during approximately 28% of burglaries, a household member was within the home. As a result, 7% of these individuals became the victim of a violent crime.
Information on Violent Crimes
During the commission of a crime, criminals are more than 5 times likely to carry a single-shot handgun than an assault weapon. During 2014, law enforcement reported that there were approximately 1,165,383 violent crimes committed. These included murder, non-negligent homicide, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults.
Of the violent crimes reported, aggravated assaults accounted for 63.6% of these crimes. Robberies comprised 28% of the crimes reported.
When to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, it’s important to contact a criminal defense attorney to provide counsel or otherwise represent your interests. When you contact a criminal defense law firm, an attorney may be able to settle your case out of court so that you don’t have to go to trial.