CALIFORNIA CRIME RATES TAKE A CLIFF DIVE

Posted on: February 4, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense lawyerWe may have some problems in California, but FBI and California Department of Justice crime statistics are telling us that the crime rate is dropping in our state. Figures are not yet available for 2014, but the statistics for 2013 confirm that the crime rate hasn’t been this low in California in almost fifty years. Both violent crimes (such as robberies and assaults) and property crimes (such as burglary and auto theft) are down. Still, if you face a drug or sex crime charge, a DUI charge, or a theft, fraud, or robbery charge in Orange County, you should arrange to speak at once with an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

California’s crime figures are extraordinary when you consider that California’s population has boomed in the last several decades. Even with more development, more cars, and more people, the statistics verify that crime is dropping and Californians are safer. In 1992, for example, the violent crime rate was 1,120 violent crimes per 100,000 residents; in 2013, that rate dropped to 422. Only one percent of the violent crimes in California in 2013 were homicides. And in Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties, the number of violent crimes dropped by more than ten percent.

Incarceration, probation, fines, counseling, and community service are some of the tools available to California courts. Depending on the crime, there may be additional penalties such as sex offender registration or mandatory use of an IID device for DUI offenders. Beyond the legal penalties, any criminal conviction can negatively impact your life – and especially your employment opportunities – for years to come. If you are arrested for DUI, a drug or sex crime, or a fraud or robbery in Orange County, politely exercise your right to remain silent, and do not put your future or your freedom even more at risk. Instead, get legal help promptly from someone who can fight for justice on your behalf, and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer immediately.