Arrest Trends: College Students Home in Virginia on Break

December – January:
More DWI arrests, and others;
More College Students at Risk
says Fairfax Criminal Lawyer and Virginia Defense Attorney

virginia criminal lawyerWhen you do something long enough, eventually you notice patterns. A pattern defies mere coincidence when it turns into a trend, at which point, experts can study the data and learn lessons.

I am convinced it matters not what you do; there are always trends. For most people, business trends tend to be seasonal. Trends I study as a Fairfax criminal defense attorney happen to be the same trends sociologists, criminologists, and government officials study, too. I am talking about public arrest records.

As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, as well as a citizen of Virginia, I care deeply about my community’s residents. Today, the helpful informatoin I want to share comes in the form of statistical data.

This post may be more important than others, because although as predictable as it is, it still could serve as a wake up call to alert young adults…instead of making a bad decision, perhaps reading this will inspire growth and self discovery.

We studied a total of 878 criminal charges in Fairfax County.

99% of these charges stem from December arrests, with a few in November and and several in early January, 2014. The relevant time period for purposes of this post is the time when college students are likely to be home from school for a month to six weeks…mainly December through mid-January.

Of every group we looked out (age categories consisting of 6 years), the college-aged adults were arrested the most. Out of all 878 charges, 236 implicated an adult between age 18 and 23.

Thus, this age group committed the most crimes (or, is alleged to have committed the most) at 27%

Age Group – Criminal Charges (out of 878)

  • 24 to 29 – 203
  • 30 to 36 – 141
  • 37 to 42 – 103
  • 43 to 48 – 48
  • 49 to 54 – 65
  • 55 to 60 – 46
  • 61 to 66 – 15
  • 67 to 78 – 16

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.


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