As someone accused of a crime, you have a right to know if you're facing a unique charge or one that comes up often. For charges that are filed often, attorneys may have a better idea of how the local courts treat the charges and what you may or may not want to do to help reduce the penalties you could face.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publishes yearly statistics on crime in the United States. The 2016 findings, published near the end of 2017, offer great insight into different crimes and which crimes are most likely to occur in the country.
The results, a compilation of information from over 16,000 law enforcement agencies, might seem surprising. Here are a few things to know about crimes in the United States.
Violent crimes fall into four primary categories
There are four primary categories for violent crimes. These include aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder. Of these, the most likely is aggravated assault, which made up 64.3 percent of all violent crimes that year. Robbery was the next most likely crime. Approximately 26.6 percent of the violent crimes were robberies.
How do property crimes compare to violent crimes?
With property crimes, there are fewer categories with just three crimes making up the majority of cases. These include motor vehicle theft, larcency-theft and burglary. Larceny-theft was the most common at 71.2 percent, with burglary the next highest at 19.1 percent of all property crimes in 2016.
With any crimes like the above, you could face harsh penalties. Our site has more on what to expect if you are accused of a crime.