Charges

Year to Date Through 10/18/2021

Definitions | Limitations

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.

  -6%

18,800 Cases

All Offenses

  -1%

6,201 Cases

Violent Offenses

  -15%

2,674 Cases

Property Offenses

  -16%

5,212 Cases

Drug Offenses

  32%

1,885 Cases

Firearms Possession

All Offenses

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
All Violent Offenses 8,663 7,263 7,458 6,765 7,389 6,233 6,201 -1% 7,795 6,647 -15%
All Property Offenses 5,544 5,426 5,248 3,768 3,526 3,147 2,674 -15% 5,406 3,279 -39%
All Drug Offenses 11,991 10,796 12,334 11,159 10,638 6,223 5,212 -16% 11,707 8,308 -29%
All Firearms Possession 801 959 1,068 995 1,251 1,425 1,885 32% 943 1,389 47%
All Other Offenses 1,227 1,019 1,167 583 548 293 206 -30% 1,138 408 -64%
Uncategorized Offenses 3,950 3,418 3,639 3,039 3,196 2,776 2,622 -6% 3,669 2,908 -21%
All Offenses 32,176 28,881 30,914 26,309 26,548 20,097 18,800 -6% 30,657 22,938 -25%

Violent

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Homicide 206 183 149 171 221 262 304 16% 179 240 34%
Non-Fatal Shooting** 207 241 196 188 257 268 389 45% 215 276 28%
Rape 285 243 282 315 266 245 227 -7% 270 263 -3%
Robbery/Gun 846 809 635 538 535 422 406 -4% 763 475 -38%
Robbery/Other 1,106 878 969 789 897 622 520 -16% 984 707 -28%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 755 559 577 565 620 679 769 13% 630 658 4%
Aggravated Assault/Other 2,451 2,130 2,248 2,107 2,213 1,872 1,825 -3% 2,276 2,004 -12%
Other Assaults 2,650 2,082 2,194 1,897 2,140 1,685 1,570 -7% 2,309 1,823 -21%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 157 138 208 195 240 178 191 7% 168 201 20%
All Violent Offenses 8,663 7,263 7,458 6,765 7,389 6,233 6,201 -1% 7,795 6,647 -15%

Property

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Burglary/Residential 780 741 704 660 698 561 737 31% 742 664 -11%
Burglary/Commercial 297 296 257 324 215 850 164 -81% 283 388 37%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 5 4 7 7 5 1 2 100% 5 4 -20%
Theft from Person 41 33 40 19 24 15 23 53% 38 20 -47%
Theft from Auto 452 415 597 460 462 273 198 -27% 488 348 -29%
Retail Theft 2,015 1,973 1,779 493 294 204 241 18% 1,922 308 -84%
Theft 696 676 767 616 655 423 406 -4% 713 525 -26%
Auto Theft 587 714 565 717 656 531 615 16% 622 630 1%
Fraud/Theft of Services 546 470 409 382 402 226 262 16% 475 318 -33%
Embezzlement 125 104 123 90 115 63 26 -59% 117 74 -37%
All Property Offenses 5,544 5,426 5,248 3,768 3,526 3,147 2,674 -15% 5,406 3,279 -39%

Drugs

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Drug Possession 4,120 3,470 4,044 4,061 3,775 1,640 960 -41% 3,878 2,609 -33%
Drug Sales 4,754 4,336 5,389 4,689 5,050 3,228 2,903 -10% 4,826 3,968 -18%
DUI 3,117 2,990 2,901 2,409 1,813 1,355 1,349 0% 3,003 1,732 -42%
All Drug Offenses 11,991 10,796 12,334 11,159 10,638 6,223 5,212 -16% 11,707 8,308 -29%

Firearms

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Illegal Firearms Possession 801 959 1,068 995 1,251 1,425 1,885 32% 943 1,389 47%
All Firearms Possession 801 959 1,068 995 1,251 1,425 1,885 32% 943 1,389 47%

Other

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 2015 YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2018 YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2021 YTD Yr-Yr
Change
’15-’17
Avg
’18-’21
Avg
’15-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’21 Avg
Prostitution/Sex Work 737 577 719 224 137 22 5 -77% 678 97 -86%
Patronizing Prostitutes 154 165 180 110 104 41 1 -98% 166 64 -61%
Threats of Violence 336 277 268 249 307 230 200 -13% 294 246 -16%
All Other Offenses 1,227 1,019 1,167 583 548 293 206 -30% 1,138 408 -64%