Charges

Year End 12/31/2021

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.

  -7%

22,936 Cases

All Offenses

  0%

7,199 Cases

Violent Offenses

  -22%

3,860 Cases

Property Offenses

  -18%

5,275 Cases

Drug Offenses

  20%

2,446 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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
All Violent Offenses 10,450 9,924 8,353 8,539 7,628 8,693 7,191 7,199 0%
All Property Offenses 8,163 7,967 7,650 7,647 5,517 5,440 4,946 3,860 -22%
All Drug Offenses 14,308 12,129 11,227 13,591 11,618 11,315 6,408 5,275 -18%
All Firearm Possession 1,149 1,034 1,155 1,360 1,348 1,610 2,038 2,446 20%
All Other Offenses 6,806 6,488 5,833 5,789 4,690 4,094 2,909 2,912 0%
Uncategorized Offenses 2,352 2,201 1,892 1,699 1,561 1,619 1,224 1,244 2%
All Offenses 43,228 39,743 36,110 38,625 32,362 32,771 24,716 22,936 -7%
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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Homicide: Shooting · 72 73 74 86 135 144 179 24%
Homicide: Other 186 105 83 76 92 89 75 71 -5%
Attempted Murder 351 173 151 135 106 242 198 138 -30%
Non-Fatal Shooting · 271 294 264 240 319 329 495 50%
Rape 243 258 213 274 286 288 248 236 -5%
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon 1,344 858 767 787 582 662 520 497 -4%
Robbery 824 812 632 720 600 584 422 353 -16%
Aggravated Assault 4,410 4,392 3,533 2,923 2,739 3,184 2,514 2,631 5%
Strangulation · · 5 362 322 406 316 362 15%
Simple Assault 1,604 1,554 1,351 1,474 1,272 1,362 1,058 896 -15%
Other Assaults 147 117 71 55 44 60 69 86 25%
Sexual Assault and Other Sex Offenses 221 216 179 244 239 270 221 233 5%
Arson 58 47 54 54 60 59 80 76 -5%
Carjacking 94 119 127 120 135 156 126 157 25%
Other Violent Crimes 968 930 820 977 825 877 871 789 -9%
All Violent Offenses 10,450 9,924 8,353 8,539 7,628 8,693 7,191 7,199 0%
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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Burglary/Residential 1,176 1,043 994 961 738 920 824 701 -15%
Burglary/Commercial 263 285 212 368 358 299 1,053 206 -80%
Theft 1,897 1,870 1,722 1,762 1,666 1,670 1,015 1,006 -1%
Retail Theft 2,507 2,474 2,459 2,180 490 314 237 268 13%
Theft from Auto 146 146 143 256 139 160 209 44 -79%
Auto Theft 872 920 974 867 956 941 841 917 9%
Fraud 484 515 429 468 344 369 172 166 -3%
Trespass 300 352 371 386 430 502 376 353 -6%
Criminal Mischief 258 311 309 342 343 239 181 166 -8%
Other Property Crimes 260 51 37 57 53 26 38 33 -13%
All Property Offenses 8,163 7,967 7,650 7,647 5,517 5,440 4,946 3,860 -22%
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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Drug Sales with a Firearm 376 420 365 411 337 437 528 571 8%
Drug Sales 5,181 4,890 4,599 5,216 4,866 5,129 3,362 3,180 -5%
Drug Possession 8,697 6,751 6,201 7,938 6,398 5,660 2,439 1,481 -39%
Drug Possession in Jails 54 68 62 26 17 89 79 43 -46%
All Drug Offenses 14,308 12,129 11,227 13,591 11,618 11,315 6,408 5,275 -18%
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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person 452 471 487 603 655 744 753 820 9%
Firearm Possession without a License 596 487 558 653 601 775 1,132 1,449 28%
Altered Firearm Serial Number 75 63 80 71 68 73 129 145 12%
Other Firearm Offenses 26 13 30 33 24 18 24 32 33%
All Firearm Possession 1,149 1,034 1,155 1,360 1,348 1,610 2,038 2,446 20%
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: Year End Count of Cases Charged by Offense Category

Offense Category 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Yr-Yr
Change
Violation of Protection Order 876 819 698 796 747 816 743 714 -4%
DUI 3,675 3,787 3,522 3,245 2,913 2,246 1,588 1,605 1%
Prostitution/Sex Work 1,102 863 746 847 278 126 24 4 -83%
Patronizing Prostitutes/Sex Workers 249 157 194 180 75 116 43 0 -100%
Promoting Prostitution 7 9 18 14 5 5 0 2 Inf%
Victim/Witness Intimidation & Retaliation 140 119 93 78 78 58 56 58 4%
Threats of Violence 640 651 484 547 439 518 398 455 14%
Ethnic Intimidation 10 4 3 8 14 7 14 38 171%
Disorderly Conduct 94 76 66 68 133 176 30 34 13%
Illegal Dumping/Littering 13 3 9 6 8 26 13 2 -85%
All Other Offenses 6,806 6,488 5,833 5,789 4,690 4,094 2,909 2,912 0%
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.