One of the facts that may get lost in a lot of the spectacle of the last year in U.S. politics is that crime rates have actually declined over the last quarter-century. And actually, that doesn’t quite get the sentiment across. Crime rates have been plummeting since 1993. According to FBI data, from 1993 to 2015 the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents in the U.S. has fallen from 747.1 to 372.6.
Similarly, property crimes have fallen by nearly 50 percent during that same time frame, with the number of 4,740 such incidents per 100,000 residents in 1993 falling to just 2,487 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2015. Crime continues to fall, and that is certainly a good thing.
However, this data also shows that there are still a number of crimes still begin committed. Given the current furor over crime and the idea that the country is more dangerous now than it ever has been, it means that people who are accused of a crime are already dealing with a stigma that they have done something to add to an already dangerous society.
This means it is very important to get out in front of this wave of criticism — and the unending deluge of legal punishment that the police and prosecution will put you through — by consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney. In the city of Orlando, the names to know in this regard are Lindsey & Ferry. We can help you in the wake of a drug charge.