The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report for the time period between January and June 2012 and it reveals that, as a nation, law enforcement agencies reported general increase of criminal offenses.
According to the preliminary report, law enforcement agencies nationwide reported a 1.9 percent increase in incidents of violent crime as compared to the same time period in 2011. Included within the category of “violent crime” as determined by the FBI are murder, robbery, forcible rape, and aggravated assault.
Additionally, the number of property crimes also increased. From the same time period in 2011, the number of reported property crime incidents increased by 1.5 percent. These crimes include larceny-theft, burglary, and car theft. The FBI also considers arson a property crime, but these are not including in the aforementioned increase in property crime. When analyzed separately, it was found that arson, in keeping with the trend, also increased when compared to 2011 numbers. In fact, reported incidents of arson increased 3.2 percent, more than double the increase of property crimes and just over one and a half times the increase in violent crimes.
These preliminary figures only include those crimes known to law enforcement and these increases are not indicative of conviction rates for these crimes. As experienced Greenbelt criminal defense attorneys, the legal team at Alpert Schreyer has seen how misinterpretations, misunderstandings, false accusations, and mistakes in arrest procedure could threaten the rights and future of accused individuals. Just because you are accused of a crime does not mean you are guilty or that you deserve the full extent of punishment afforded by law.
At Alpert Schreyer, our defense lawyers can help ensure the protection of your legal rights and work toward the best possible results for your particular situation, whether that involves negotiating for reduced charges, such as probation in lieu of jail-time, or the dismissal of all charges. To learn more about the options available in your case please contact us for a consultation at (866) 444-6363.