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%

23,003 Cases

All Offenses

  0%

7,230 Cases

Violent Offenses

  -22%

3,879 Cases

Property Offenses

  -18%

5,280 Cases

Drug Offenses

  20%

2,451 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
All Violent Offenses
10,448
9,927
8,354
8,537
7,628
8,693
7,202
7,230
All Property Offenses
8,163
7,966
7,647
7,650
5,515
5,439
4,955
3,879
All Drug Offenses
14,305
12,129
11,226
13,589
11,616
11,304
6,412
5,280
All Firearm Possession
1,149
1,036
1,155
1,361
1,350
1,610
2,038
2,451
All Other Offenses
6,809
6,487
5,832
5,791
4,696
4,108
2,918
2,937
Uncategorized Offenses
2,354
2,200
1,896
1,698
1,559
1,622
1,211
1,226
All Offenses
43,228
39,745
36,110
38,626
32,364
32,776
24,736
23,003

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
·
91
99
89
102
174
172
252
186
105
83
76
92
89
75
71
351
168
139
134
103
224
196
129
·
257
280
251
229
298
304
435
243
258
213
274
286
288
248
236
1,344
858
767
786
582
660
521
499
820
811
632
719
598
584
423
351
4,406
4,389
3,527
2,910
2,731
3,183
2,519
2,650
·
·
5
362
322
406
316
363
1,611
1,560
1,358
1,486
1,280
1,368
1,060
903
147
117
71
56
44
60
69
86
221
214
179
244
239
269
219
233
58
47
54
54
60
59
80
76
94
119
127
120
135
156
126
157
967
933
820
976
825
875
874
789
All Violent Offenses
10,448
9,927
8,354
8,537
7,628
8,693
7,202
7,230

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
1,173
1,038
992
961
736
916
821
706
262
285
211
368
357
298
1,055
207
1,899
1,873
1,722
1,759
1,667
1,673
1,020
1,009
2,508
2,474
2,459
2,180
490
314
238
270
146
146
143
262
140
159
210
46
872
918
974
867
956
941
841
918
484
514
428
468
342
369
174
171
301
356
372
386
432
504
376
353
258
311
309
342
342
239
182
166
260
51
37
57
53
26
38
33
All Property Offenses
8,163
7,966
7,647
7,650
5,515
5,439
4,955
3,879

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
376
420
365
411
337
437
528
571
5,172
4,881
4,591
5,213
4,859
5,124
3,359
3,176
8,703
6,760
6,208
7,939
6,403
5,654
2,446
1,490
54
68
62
26
17
89
79
43
All Drug Offenses
14,305
12,129
11,226
13,589
11,616
11,304
6,412
5,280

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
453
472
487
605
656
743
753
822
595
487
558
651
600
776
1,132
1,451
75
63
80
71
68
73
129
145
26
14
30
34
26
18
24
33
All Firearm Possession
1,149
1,036
1,155
1,361
1,350
1,610
2,038
2,451

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
876
819
698
796
749
818
746
719
DUI
3,675
3,785
3,522
3,246
2,914
2,247
1,591
1,615
1,102
863
746
847
278
126
24
4
250
157
194
180
75
116
43
0
7
9
18
14
5
5
0
2
138
119
93
78
76
57
56
57
642
651
482
546
440
517
399
458
10
4
3
8
14
7
14
38
96
77
67
70
137
189
32
42
13
3
9
6
8
26
13
2
All Other Offenses
6,809
6,487
5,832
5,791
4,696
4,108
2,918
2,937