Charges

Year to Date Through 01/17/2022

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Arrest information submitted by state and local law enforcement agencies are reviewed by Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) in the DAO’s Charging Unit. ADAs decide which charges to bring, or whether the case should be referred for diversion or be declined. An ADA may later adjust charges to appropriate fit the evidence.

  -40%

687 Cases

All Offenses

  -26%

241 Cases

Violent Offenses

  -51%

129 Cases

Property Offenses

  -49%

137 Cases

Drug Offenses

  -42%

71 Cases

Firearm Possession

All Offenses

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Cases Charged by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
All Violent Offenses 385 399 341 430 421 324 241 -26% 392 351 -10%
All Property Offenses 351 263 313 309 294 264 129 -51% 307 262 -15%
All Drug Offenses 549 528 476 577 455 267 137 -49% 538 382 -29%
All Firearm Possession 57 62 61 76 62 122 71 -42% 60 78 30%
All Other Offenses 263 237 195 200 191 125 64 -49% 250 155 -38%
Uncategorized Offenses 86 83 52 63 119 38 45 18% 84 63 -25%
All Offenses 1,691 1,572 1,438 1,655 1,542 1,140 687 -40% 1,632 1,292 -21%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Violent

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Cases Charged by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Homicide: Shooting 4 4 2 7 5 6 5 -17% 4 5 25%
Homicide: Other 1 1 2 11 10 0 3 Inf% 1 5 400%
Attempted Murder 11 6 3 5 9 13 3 -77% 8 7 -12%
Non-Fatal Shooting 31 15 7 9 24 17 14 -18% 23 14 -39%
Rape 12 9 16 15 18 11 9 -18% 10 14 40%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 45 48 37 51 33 39 22 -44% 46 36 -22%
Robbery 19 39 41 31 35 9 13 44% 29 26 -10%
Aggravated Assault 155 142 108 144 125 115 84 -27% 148 115 -22%
Strangulation 0 7 9 16 24 15 14 -7% 4 16 300%
Simple Assault 68 68 60 73 72 39 24 -38% 68 54 -21%
Other Assaults 2 1 0 1 1 0 4 Inf% 2 1 -50%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 9 12 5 19 8 11 10 -9% 10 11 10%
Arson 0 5 1 6 2 5 2 -60% 2 3 50%
Carjacking 3 5 7 10 2 8 6 -25% 4 7 75%
Other Violent Crimes 25 37 43 32 53 36 28 -22% 31 38 23%
All Violent Offenses 385 399 341 430 421 324 241 -26% 392 351 -10%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Property

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Cases Charged by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Burglary/Residential 50 25 40 54 41 44 31 -30% 38 42 11%
Burglary/Commercial 5 16 13 13 25 11 13 18% 10 15 50%
Theft 78 71 72 93 77 103 20 -81% 74 73 -1%
Retail Theft 122 73 88 16 13 27 4 -85% 98 30 -69%
Theft from Auto 8 4 3 11 2 7 2 -71% 6 5 -17%
Auto Theft 41 33 47 56 61 52 44 -15% 37 52 41%
Fraud 19 13 16 32 15 7 3 -57% 16 15 -6%
Trespass 12 13 19 18 47 10 2 -80% 12 19 58%
Criminal Mischief 15 11 14 14 13 3 10 233% 13 11 -15%
Other Property Crimes 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 0% 2 1 -50%
All Property Offenses 351 263 313 309 294 264 129 -51% 307 262 -15%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Drugs

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Cases Charged by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Drug Sales with a Firearm 18 13 19 15 22 45 19 -58% 16 24 50%
Drug Sales 222 206 177 264 227 136 75 -45% 214 176 -18%
Drug Possession 307 309 280 298 201 86 42 -51% 308 181 -41%
Drug Possession in Jails 2 0 0 0 5 0 1 Inf% 1 1 0%
All Drug Offenses 549 528 476 577 455 267 137 -49% 538 382 -29%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Firearms

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Cases Charged by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person 23 26 24 36 26 50 28 -44% 24 33 38%
Firearm Possession without a License 29 35 30 39 34 67 38 -43% 32 42 31%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 4 1 6 1 2 3 4 33% 2 3 50%
Other Firearm Offenses 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 -50% 0 1 Inf%
All Firearm Possession 57 62 61 76 62 122 71 -42% 60 78 30%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.

Other

The offense categories have recently changed. Please see this data story and the definitions page for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the criminal legal system. Among other changes, overall arrests and cases charged have been lower than prior years and those arrests that have happened tend to be for more serious offenses. Because of this, statistics about arrests, cases charged, and bail should be interpreted with caution.

Yearly Cases Charged by Police District

Data: YTD Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD 2022 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’16-’17
Avg
’18-’22
Avg
’16-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’22 Avg
Violation of Protection Order 21 27 30 40 52 25 18 -28% 24 33 38%
DUI 174 149 117 113 95 85 33 -61% 162 89 -45%
Prostitution/Sex Work 39 25 25 17 5 0 0 0% 32 9 -72%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 7 8 3 3 2 0 2 Inf% 8 2 -75%
Threats of Violence 18 23 17 21 35 13 9 -31% 20 19 -5%
Ethnic Intimidation 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 100% 0 1 Inf%
Disorderly Conduct 4 5 2 6 2 1 0 -100% 4 2 -50%
All Other Offenses 263 237 195 200 191 125 64 -49% 250 155 -38%
Areas in red coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the criminal legal system has operated completely differently than it normally does. The changes that can be observed on our dashboard include: 1) isolation, closed schools, and the loss of community programming has led to an increase in serious violent crime, 2) police have made fewer arrests overall (in particular for minor offenses), 3) court policies and other restrictions meant to keep people safe have also disrupted or delayed court hearings and led to a significant increase in open cases forced dismissals and withdrawals. See our report on the justice system during COVID-19 to learn more.