Legal Research and Statistic Information (LRSI) is a go-to source for information on national legal statistics that can impact you as an individual or as a business. While the law can appear vague and disconnected from everyday life, the statistics tell a different story. They demonstrate how many people are impacted by the law every single day and in all walks of life. The statistics and facts also make clear why having a winning criminal defense attorney can be so beneficial.
Here are some facts that you should know:
We Arrest a Lot of People
The FBI tracks things like the number of criminal arrests throughout the country, and it turns out that in 2014, there were 11,205,833 separate arrests. This includes all types of arrests, with the exception of arrests made for traffic violations, such as reckless driving.
The biggest group of arrests was for drug-related crimes, accounting for over 1.5 million arrests in one year alone. Coming in second for common arrest types is larceny/theft, and third is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The fact that so many arrests are made every year in the United States should be alarming. However, it’s also worth pointing out that two out of the top three reasons for getting arrested involve some sort of controlled substance violation.
Perhaps that’s one reason that so many people are fighting to change our drug laws. In the meantime, we arrested 3,512 people for every 100,000 residents. That is a lot of arrests, and all the more reason to have easy access to your own criminal lawyer.
Arrests of Men Compared to Women
In the war of the sexes, men unfortunately win in the category of “most arrests.” Approximately 73 percent of arrests apprehended a male suspect, and that percentage goes up to 79.8 if you are looking at violent crime.
While women may not be made of sugar and spice and everything nice, they certainly appear to be less likely to commit crimes or be arrested for them—if the statistics are to be believed, at least.
We Love Our Guns
In America, guns are involved in a number of popular pastimes. Even so, firearms are illegal to carry in most states without a permit or the proper registration.
This means that if you have a gun and are caught with it, you could be arrested even if you didn’t do anything else. Hiring a gun possession lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected if you ever find yourself in this position.
Assault Is the Most Common Crime
According to the FBI, aggravated assault is the most common crime, accounting for more than 63 percent of all crime.
What’s interesting is that these numbers are the same throughout the country. Certain cities and states have assault rates that are much higher than in other locations. For example, Maryland has more assaults than Washington State, while Washington has more rapes than Maryland.
In other words, each state has different types of crime that are more prevalent, so you should always look into a given location’s statistics before traveling or vacationing.
There Are Too Many Laws to Count
This might sound absurd, but it appears to be true according to the Library of Congress. If anyone should have the details on all the laws in the country, it should be the Library of Congress, Yet even they cannot tally them all—and they’ve tried. That should give any red-blooded American pause. After all, if no one knows how many laws there are, that also means that there is no way to tell if you are going to break one before taking an action that might seem completely innocuous.
Part of the problem is that most laws never really go away—even regulations that are obvious anachronisms. This makes it possible to break the law by hanging out on a sidewalk after ten o’clock, holding hands in public, or something equally ridiculous. While it is unlikely that you would ever be prosecuted for something archaic like the above examples, you could be prosecuted for violating obscure trade laws or something similar.
Marijuana Is Being Legalized Throughout the Country
The debate over marijuana and whether it is acceptable for medicinal or recreational use has been raging for almost one hundred years in the United States. Whether you are for or against legalization, you should know that twenty-six states (over half the country) has already voted to legalize it in some form.
In most states, medical marijuana is legal, and using it for recreation (without a prescription) is still illegal, which can obviously get you arrested.
However, the laws are changing so rapidly that our research on the subject is also constantly being updated to keep up. You can see an updated image of states with legalized marijuana by clicking here.
In the meantime, if you are ever arrested for possession or sale of marijuana, call a drug crime attorney for help.
Drunk Driving Is Still a Problem
In spite of serious education efforts, drunk driving is still a problem in the United States. According to the United States Department of Transportation, people die in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes. That’s staggering. Making the problem worse is that four million people report driving drunk ever year.
This means that the chances for being seriously hurt or killed in one of these crashes are even greater. Even after getting arrested, more than 50 percent of people will drive on a suspended license.
This is a serious risk to public health and safety, so if you or someone you know is hit by a drunk driver, you should hire a personal injury lawyer to sue them. Making a drunk driver pay financially may be the best way to finally get him or her off the road.
Get Help with Legal Research
If you think you have a legal case or want to learn more about a certain area of the law, the best thing to do is call an attorney who works in that specific field. For example, if you want information on drug laws, call a drug crime attorney. If you need to know more about family law, call a family lawyer. These are people who focus on specific aspects of the law, day in and day out, so they should be able to answer your questions fairly easily.