Across California, many crimes are more commonly seen than others. Today we’ll take a look at the most common crimes in California and how we can assist you with your case.

common crimes in californiaDrug Charges: By far, drug charges outweigh every other crime in the state when it comes to common crimes in California. Fortunately, since marijuana legalization and more in the state, these numbers are going down, but they are still highest when you take all crimes into account.

Assault: Assault doesn’t just take place when you use violence against another person; it also means when you threaten to bring harm to somebody. In any case, these crimes are taking place at high rates in California and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. 

DUI: Many defendants are arrested every year for DUI in California, which is a state with high rates of these charges. Many people do not even realize that they are above the legal limit when they get behind the wheel of a car, or operate bikes and boats without understanding that the law forbids this.

Theft: Petty and grand theft offenses are popular in California, with many minor and valuable items stolen every year.

Burglary: This is when a criminal defendant actually enters somebody’s property illegally and can lead to felony charges. If you meant to deprive somebody of their possessions, you could be charged with burglary, which is more than just trespassing. 

Sex Crimes: Many of the common sex crimes that take place in California every year include misdemeanor prostitution, child molestation, and more. This could land you on a sex offender registry for the rest of your life, so you want to take action against these charges.

Now that you understand some of the most common crimes in California, you may wonder what you can do when you have been arrested or charged with one of these serious crimes. There are defenses out there that can help you maintain your rights in your time of need, especially when you are facing serious misdemeanors or felonies. At the Law Office of Peter Blair, we can help you in your time of need – so call us today to get started.