“Most Frequently Charged Offenses” in Fairfax County
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Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney
Our Fairfax criminal defense attorney analyzed a total of:
- 1,738 criminal charges, pursuant to…
- 217 distinct Virginia laws and local ordinances
The data was collected from public arrest records provided by the Fairfax County Police. These records reflect roughly a 3 month period during the year 2013.
If you live in Northern Virginia, this information may be of interest. This data analysis is provided to the public, courtesy of our Fairfax criminal defense attorney – Brenton D. Vincenzes. Feel free to share this study with friends and family. If you are a journalist or media outlet, you may submit inquiries here.
18 Categories: Arrest Frequency Chart from Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney
Our Fairfax criminal defense attorney sorted arrests into the 18 broad categories below. They are listed in order from least frequently charged category of offenses to the most frequently charged category of offenses.
Percentages Chart Courtesy of our Fairfax Criminal Lawyer
As you can see, the least commonly charged offenses fell into the category of operation of boats, barely registering with less than a half of one percent. At the other end of the spectrum, offenses related to driver’s license problems, lack of insurance, and other related charges accounted for more than a quarter of all offenses charged in the given period. The next section contains our main infographic, followed by interesting notes and observations, some of which surprised even our Fairfax criminal defense attorney himself.
Fairfax County Arrest Frequency Comparison and Analysis,
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Fairfax Criminal Lawyer
In addition to the broad categories as depicted above, the infographic reveals the most frequently charged Code sections for each of the 18 main criminal offense categories. Don’t forget: our Fairfax criminal lawyer lists his ten most interesting findings following the infographic.
Our Fairfax Criminal Lawyer was Surprised by these 10 Findings:
- Surprising: Schedule III and IV drugs are rarely implicated in an arrest in Fairfax County. Only 2 arrests out of 1,738 involved a schedule III substance, and likewise, only 2 arrests involved a schedule IV substance. Well-known Schedule III substances include the drugs Ketamine, Buprenorphine, and opioid painkiller, Hydrocodone (Vicodin), in limited quantities. Schedule IV substances include anti-anxiety drugs Alprazolam (Xanax) and Clonazepam (Klonopin).
- Surprising: When it comes to distribution or possession with intent to distribute offenses, it surprised our Fairfax criminal lawyer that there were more schedule I and II drugs implicated than Cannabis. Note: the Code of Virginia uses the word, Marijuana, but the correct term (politically and scientifically), is Cannabis.
- Not Surprising: Possession of Cannabis (as a first time offense), was the most common drug charge. Arrests for Cannabis possession (first offense) occurred around three times more frequently than the next most charged drug offense, which was distribution or possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II drug, not including Cannabis.
- Surprising: More people were arrested for an alleged assault on a family or household member than for assault on a non-family or household member. This is actually not surprising, but to a person who is not used to practicing criminal defense, it might be a shock.
- Surprising: More grand larceny offenses were the basis for arrest than petit larceny. We would have expected more larceny charges predicated upon a petit larceny allegation (less than $200, and not from a person), but grand larceny ($200 or more), very slightly edged petit larceny out by a few arrests.
- Surprising: There were a surprisingly large number of DWI charges against drivers alleged to have had a child in the car, as well as a BAC between .15 and .20. This offense was charged only slightly less frequently than refusal of a blood or breath test after DWI arrest, and also slightly less than the offense, “driving with a revoked license” (as a result of a DWI).
- Surprising: While it is not surprising that the charge, Drunk in Public – Profane Language, was the most frequently charged alcohol related offense, it was surprising that it so greatly dwarfed other alcohol offenses. 130 such arrests were made, compared to the next most frequently charged alcohol offense of possession of an open container, coming in at just 18 arrests in the same period.
- Not Surprising: While these next two offenses are very different, our Fairfax criminal defense attorney was not surprised that they were the basis of arrest at an equal rate: unintentional destruction of property valued at over $1,000 due to a vehicular accident (and where the driver left the scene), and intentional destruction of property (not involving a car accident).
- Somewhat surprising: Most people are aware of how serious a Virginia reckless driving charge is. Part of this public awareness is due to the frequency Virginia police charge drivers with this offense. It was somewhat surprising, however, that only 3 arrests were made for aggressive driving, compared to the 118 reckless driving charges in the given period.
- Somewhat surprising: 223 people were charged with driving without a valid license. This offense is known to be a frequent reason for arrest, but the volume of charges is somewhat surprising. It was the most frequently charged criminal offense by almost 100 arrests…making it the number one criminal offense committed by people in Fairfax County.
notes on this data analysis conducted by our Fairfax criminal defense attorney
While we have made all efforts to be as accurate as possible, our Fairfax criminal defense attorney and team behind the analysis does not guarantee 100% accuracy. The data should not be relied on, and is for informational purposes only.
The main point of this study and analysis was to compare the frequencies of criminal arrests in a given period. Please note:
- date range is not relevant for purposes of data analysis
- analysis does not include offenses committed by minors
- a single person may have been charged with more than one violation
- data was gathered from publicly available arrest records
We refer to broad categories of offenses, and at times, specific law arrests. For example, one broad category is drug offenses. A single offense within this broad category is possession of marijuana.
About Vincenzes Law, PLLC and our Fairfax Criminal Lawyer
Our Northern Virginia firm primarily focuses on criminal defense matters, including (but not limited to)
- criminal traffic offenses such as reckless driving, aggressive driving, and DWI
- traffic infractions, such as speeding
- non-traffic criminal charges, such as theft, drug crimes, assault and domestic violence, property damage, and much more.
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