Thanks to rigorous crime reporting laws, states must provide clear and timely documentation of arrests each year. This makes it easy to track which types of crime are most common, as well as which offenses are on the rise.
Drug-related crimes are, by far, the most common types of crime throughout the state. This category of crime covers several different offenses, including the manufacturing of narcotics and the possession of drugs. In fact, in 2016 alone, there were over 144,000 arrests for drug violations in Texas. While most of these arrests were of adult suspects, there were several thousand juveniles arrested as well. Tracking drug crimes can help authorities track down other types of crimes too. For example, in Denton, authorities seized $1.5 million worth of opiates, which helped them then track down drugs stolen from freight shipments.
Simple and Aggravated Assault
In 2016, there were more than 22,000 aggravated assault arrests in Texas, and an additional 96,000 assault arrests that did not meet the criteria for aggravated assault. To be considered aggravated, a person must cause serious bodily injury to another person or show a deadly weapon – like a gun – during an attack. The criteria for simple assault includes the threat of bodily injury, intentionally causing physical contact that could be considered offensive, and/or recklessly harming another person.
Theft is a serious problem in many parts of the state. There were more than 7,800 arrests for larceny in 2016, and nearly 6,000 for motor vehicle theft. In Texas, theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the stolen item(s). A Class C misdemeanor is reserved for property valued at less than $50, and Class A misdemeanors are for property that’s less than $1,500. A theft is considered a felony if the property is worth $1,500 or more.
Public intoxication is a misdemeanor crime in Texas. To be arrested for drunkenness, a person must be intoxicated to a degree that they could harm themselves or someone else. There were more than 64,000 arrests for drunkenness in 2016 statewide, and nearly 10,000 for disorderly conduct. It’s important to note that you do not have to hurt someone to be arrested for public intoxication. You can be arrested simply for posing a possible threat. Officers do not have to wait until you present an immediate danger or actually cause harm.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs is a serious crime and a growing issue across the United States. In 2016, there were over 62,000 arrests for driving under the influence in Texas. And if someone is driving under the influence and causes an accident, the offender may also face additional charges for the damages they caused.
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If you’re arrested and charged with a crime, it’s essential to act quickly. A skilled criminal defense attorney in Texas can help you avoid self-incrimination, as well as look for flaws in the state’s case against you. Whether you’ve been arrested for a crime or you believe you may be a suspect, protect yourself by calling David K. Wilson & Associates at (903) 870-9050.