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Florida Crime Rate 2012

Florida crime statistics indicate a total downward trend in crime based on data from 11 years when violent crime was decreasing and property crime was decreasing.

Based on this report, the crime rate in Florida for 2012 is expected to be lower than in 2010 when the state violent crime rate was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 101.17% and the state property crime rate was higher than the national property crime rate average by 65.97%.

Each year, the FBI publishes crime statistics in its Uniform Crime Reporting program. The reports provide not only helpful statistics but also crime classifications and definitions. UCR categorizes serious crimes as Part I offenses and less serious crimes as Part II offenses (source).

Part I Offenses
Personal/Violent Crimes

Aggravated assault: Unlawfully attacking another person to inflict severe or aggravated bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by other means likely to produce death or grave bodily harm. Attempted aggravated assault that involves the use or threat of use of a gun, knife or other weapon is included in this crime category because serious personal injury likely would result.

Forcible rape: The “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” UCR includes assaults and attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force but excludes statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses. UCR collects data only on the rape of women.

Murder: Killing a human in a willful and non-negligent manner.

Robbery: Taking or attempting to take anything of value from a person by force or threat of force or violence.

Property Crimes

Arson: Willfully or maliciously burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a house, public building, motor vehicle, aircraft or personal property.

Burglary: Unlawfully entering a structure to commit a felony or theft. Forcible entry need not have occurred

Larceny-theft: Unlawfully taking property from another (e.g., stealing a bicycle, stealing automobile parts, shoplifting, pickpocketing) without force, violence or fraud. Attempted larcenies are included.

Motor vehicle theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Part II Offenses

Curfew violation/loitering: Curfew violation sometime is classified as a status offense (one only juveniles can commit). Loitering involves spending an excessive amount of time in a particular location without being able to justify one’s presence when questioned by authorities. Loitering frequently occurs in conjunction with curfew violations.

Disorderly conduct: Acting in a manner potentially threatening to oneself or to other people. Disorderly conduct laws sometimes overlap with public drunkenness laws.

Driving under the influence: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Each state sets an acceptable blood-alcohol level for drivers.

Drug law violations: Violating any local, state or federal drug law that prohibits the possession or sale of specific drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Embezzlement: Misappropriating money or property by a person entrusted with it for personal use and benefit.

Forgery and counterfeiting: Forgery involves creating or altering a written document in such a way that another person’s rights are compromised. Counterfeiting occurs when a person copies or imitates an item without authorization and passes off the copy as the genuine or original thing. While counterfeiting is most often associated with money, it also can be applied to designer clothing and accessories.

Fraud: The intentional deception by one party in order to wrongfully obtain possession or control of money, goods or specific rights belonging to an innocent party.

Sex offenses (e.g., statutory rape): An adult having sex with a child or teen who cannot legally consent to the act.

Simple assault: Attempting to inflict physical harm on another person when that person is aware. Assault can be both a criminal and civil wrong, redressed by either criminal punishment or damages. Battery has generally been defined as the unlawful touching of another person. However, many jurisdictions no longer observe this distinction.

Stolen property (mishandling of): Selling or purchasing goods stolen from another person or entity.

Vandalism: Damaging or defacing public or private property without permission.

Weapons (e.g., unlawful carrying of): Carrying a concealed weapon without the proper license or permit; fraudulently obtaining a gun, license or ammunition; or possessing a type of gun or assault weapon that the public is not authorized to own, carry or use. (Complete information and source)

West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you.

When you retain the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., you do not simply retain a nationally recognized criminal defense lawyer. You retain a criminal defense team who has worked together for years and successfully represented clients in virtually every type of criminal case, including:

  • Animal cruelty, such as dog fighting, cock fighting and abandonment
  • Drug crimes, such as drug trafficking and Oxycodone offenses
  • Fraud, such as mortgage fraud, insider trading and mail fraud
  • Traffic offenses, such as DUI
  • Violent crimes, such as domestic violence and battery

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