Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) releases statistics on the crime in the United States. The FBI breaks the information down by the crime that was committed and the state, county, or town the arrest was made in. The most recent crime statistics we could get our hands on come from the 2014 crime report. This report states that there were over 865,000 arrests in Florida in 2014. Some crimes were more popular than others. The struggle with crime in Florida has only continued on as neighborhoodscout.com has ranked 11 Florida cities in the “Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.”.
Top Five Most Common Crimes Committed in Florida
Without getting too specific, we were able to break down the chart from the FBI into a few major categories that covered most of the individual types of crime. Some of the common crimes committed in Florida were drug abuse violations, theft, assault, aggravated assault, theft, driving under the influence and various white collar crimes. For a more in depth look at the most common crimes committed in Florida, check out the top five below.
In 2014, drug crimes were the most common reason for arrest in Florida as they were responsible for nearly 14 percent of the total crims committed. Drug crimes include anything that is related to drugs like possession, manufacturing, and distribute or intent to distribute. In the future, Florida’s government is hoping to lessen the penalty or less serious drug offenses.
The total amount of property crimes committed in Florida was just behind the total number of drug crimes committed. Property crimes include arrests for crimes like theft, larceny, robbery, arson, shoplifting, vandalism, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), a theft crime is committed once every minute in Florida.
Assault crimes only include those that are not aggravated. in other words, assault without a weapon or severe injury to one individual. There were more than 80,000 non-aggravated assault crimes committed in Florida in 2014.
I am sure readers had this one pegged as a top candidate for this list. Fortunately, driving under the influence comes in at the fourth spot. In 2014, over 40,000 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The federal blood-alcohol concentration is .08 percent or higher. This rule is applicable in every state.
The last, but not the least crimes that were committed in Florida were violent crimes. According to the FBI, violent crimes are considered crimes that fall under murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. In 2014, there were almost 40,000 arrests made for this type of crime.
If you live in Florida and find yourself being accused of allegedly committing one of the aforementioned crimes, or any other crime for that matter, make sure to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. If you do not have a criminal defense attorney, call Pinellas Criminal Defense. Our team will handle your case from the moment you are arrested to the end of the trial an beyond. It is our duty to see your justice. Contact us today.