Charges

Year End 12/31/2020

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.

  -25%

24,579 Cases

All Offenses

  -18%

7,555 Cases

Violent Offenses

  -9%

4,049 Cases

Property Offenses

  -44%

7,256 Cases

Drug Offenses

  32%

2,045 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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
All Violent Offenses 11047 10,602 8,947 9,257 8,280 9,264 7,555 -18% 9,963 8,366 -16%
All Property Offenses 7386 6,935 6,803 6,566 4,652 4,467 4,049 -9% 6,922 4,389 -37%
All Drug Offenses 17322 14,845 13,514 15,599 13,760 12,843 7,256 -44% 15,320 11,286 -26%
All Firearms Possession 1131 1,019 1,208 1,345 1,254 1,549 2,045 32% 1,176 1,616 37%
All Other Offenses 1784 1,480 1,327 1,405 676 640 327 -49% 1,499 548 -63%
Uncategorized Offenses 4558 4,862 4,308 4,453 3,726 3,981 3,347 -16% 4,545 3,685 -19%
All Offenses 43228 39,743 36,107 38,625 32,348 32,744 24,579 -25% 39,426 29,890 -24%

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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Homicide 243 243 208 202 227 292 301 3% 224 273 22%
Non-Fatal Shooting** · 248 286 255 239 320 336 5% 263 298 13%
Rape 332 337 295 348 371 344 285 -17% 328 333 2%
Robbery/Gun 1451 1,053 994 885 676 662 541 -18% 1,096 626 -43%
Robbery/Other 1369 1,400 1,098 1,187 998 1,071 720 -33% 1,264 930 -26%
Aggravated Assault/Gun 1119 898 709 721 663 845 852 1% 862 787 -9%
Aggravated Assault/Other 3149 3,032 2,625 2,714 2,583 2,772 2,290 -17% 2,880 2,548 -12%
Other Assaults 3162 3,191 2,562 2,701 2,293 2,652 2,000 -25% 2,904 2,315 -20%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 222 200 170 244 230 306 230 -25% 209 255 22%
All Violent Offenses 11047 10,602 8,947 9,257 8,280 9,264 7,555 -18% 9,963 8,366 -16%

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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Burglary/Residential 1089 949 918 880 803 904 656 -27% 959 788 -18%
Burglary/Commercial 318 354 346 329 379 274 1,097 300% 337 583 73%
Theft of Motor Vehicle Tag 6 5 6 7 8 8 3 -62% 6 6 0%
Theft from Person 47 46 40 47 20 27 18 -33% 45 22 -51%
Theft from Auto 604 628 568 713 583 548 451 -18% 628 527 -16%
Retail Theft 2612 2,537 2,498 2,267 600 399 299 -25% 2,478 433 -83%
Theft 948 837 874 938 769 826 494 -40% 899 696 -23%
Auto Theft 866 736 848 693 889 823 683 -17% 786 798 2%
Fraud/Theft of Services 739 690 574 524 471 515 280 -46% 632 422 -33%
Embezzlement 157 153 131 168 130 143 68 -52% 152 114 -25%
All Property Offenses 7386 6,935 6,803 6,566 4,652 4,467 4,049 -9% 6,922 4,389 -37%

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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Drug Possession 7025 5,093 4,376 5,308 5,003 4,535 1,927 -58% 5,450 3,822 -30%
Drug Sales 6433 5,855 5,476 6,730 5,839 6,037 3,721 -38% 6,124 5,199 -15%
DUI 3864 3,897 3,662 3,561 2,918 2,271 1,608 -29% 3,746 2,266 -40%
All Drug Offenses 17322 14,845 13,514 15,599 13,760 12,843 7,256 -44% 15,320 11,286 -26%

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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Illegal Firearms Possession 1131 1,019 1,208 1,345 1,254 1,549 2,045 32% 1,176 1,616 37%
All Firearms Possession 1131 1,019 1,208 1,345 1,254 1,549 2,045 32% 1,176 1,616 37%

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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Prostitution/Sex Work 1055 878 746 864 260 149 23 -85% 886 144 -84%
Patronizing Prostitutes 314 190 217 214 110 117 45 -62% 234 91 -61%
Threats of Violence 415 412 364 327 306 374 259 -31% 380 313 -18%
All Other Offenses 1784 1,480 1,327 1,405 676 640 327 -49% 1,499 548 -63%