Summary Offense: Case Outcomes

Year End 12/31/2020

Definitions | Limitations

A case outcome refers to how the case is resolved in court. Case outcomes include Dismissal or Withdrawal, Diversion, a Guilty verdict, a Guilty plea, or an Acquittal (Not Guilty verdict). Except in the case of Acquittal, any outcome is subject to change through Refile, Reconsideration, or Appeal.

23

Average Diversions

per Month

64%

Diversion Rate

per Summary Adjudication

65

Proportion of Retail Theft Cases

Resolved as Summaries

2

Minor Violations Adjudicated

All Offenses

The courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1491 1,281 1,151 1,170 2,649 2,383 389 -84% 1,273 1,807 42%
Diversion 923 862 605 464 458 384 82 -79% 714 308 -57%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 427 333 202 130 112 105 28 -73% 273 82 -70%
Guilty 2289 2,049 1,252 1,098 740 443 74 -83% 1,672 419 -75%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 60 249 182 85 193 45 1 -98% 144 80 -44%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Inf% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 38 33 38 22 21 15 4 -73% 33 13 -61%
Diversion 323 181 154 89 45 34 0 -100% 187 26 -86%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 22 18 8 6 3 0 0 0% 14 1 -93%
Guilty 249 236 155 56 18 6 5 -17% 174 10 -94%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 11 25 31 5 8 1 0 -100% 18 3 -83%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1842 1,734 674 360 491 433 91 -79% 1,152 338 -71%
Diversion 1490 1,005 539 289 167 137 32 -77% 831 112 -87%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 968 782 184 81 28 15 1 -93% 504 15 -97%
Guilty 8513 7,831 2,390 1,124 363 141 12 -91% 4,964 172 -97%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 320 1,048 623 113 114 18 3 -83% 526 45 -91%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1793 2,020 1,225 1,013 1,347 1,331 191 -86% 1,513 956 -37%
Diversion 1254 998 681 588 827 459 173 -62% 880 486 -45%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 1181 979 349 216 131 115 15 -87% 681 87 -87%
Guilty 5317 5,226 2,166 1,522 754 489 24 -95% 3,558 422 -88%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 409 780 485 178 176 35 10 -71% 463 74 -84%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 5164 5,068 3,088 2,565 4,508 4,162 675 -84% 3,971 3,115 -22%
Diversion 3990 3,046 1,979 1,430 1,497 1,014 287 -72% 2,611 933 -64%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 2598 2,112 743 433 274 235 44 -81% 1,472 184 -88%
Guilty 16368 15,342 5,963 3,800 1,875 1,079 115 -89% 10,368 1,023 -90%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 800 2,102 1,321 381 491 99 14 -86% 1,151 201 -83%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 Inf% 0 1 Inf%

Rates

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 29% 27% 34% 40% 64% 71% 68% -4% 32% 68% 112%
Diversion 18% 18% 18% 16% 11% 11% 14% 27% 18% 12% -33%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 8% 7% 6% 4% 3% 3% 5% 67% 6% 4% -33%
Guilty 44% 43% 37% 37% 18% 13% 13% 0% 40% 15% -62%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 5% 5% 3% 5% 1% 0% -100% 4% 2% -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 6% 7% 10% 12% 22% 27% 44% 63% 9% 31% 244%
Diversion 50% 37% 40% 50% 47% 61% 0% -100% 44% 36% -18%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 3% 4% 2% 3% 3% 0% 0% 0% 3% 1% -67%
Guilty 39% 48% 40% 31% 19% 11% 56% 409% 40% 29% -28%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 5% 8% 3% 8% 2% 0% -100% 4% 3% -25%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 14% 14% 15% 18% 42% 58% 65% 12% 15% 55% 267%
Diversion 11% 8% 12% 15% 14% 18% 23% 28% 12% 18% 50%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 7% 6% 4% 4% 2% 2% 1% -50% 5% 2% -60%
Guilty 65% 63% 54% 57% 31% 19% 9% -53% 60% 20% -67%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 8% 14% 6% 10% 2% 2% 0% 8% 5% -38%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 18% 20% 25% 29% 42% 55% 46% -16% 23% 48% 109%
Diversion 13% 10% 14% 17% 26% 19% 42% 121% 14% 29% 107%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 12% 10% 7% 6% 4% 5% 4% -20% 9% 4% -56%
Guilty 53% 52% 44% 43% 23% 20% 6% -70% 48% 16% -67%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4% 8% 10% 5% 5% 1% 2% 100% 7% 3% -57%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 18% 18% 24% 30% 52% 63% 59% -6% 22% 58% 164%
Diversion 14% 11% 15% 17% 17% 15% 25% 67% 14% 19% 36%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 9% 8% 6% 5% 3% 4% 4% 0% 7% 4% -43%
Guilty 57% 55% 46% 44% 22% 16% 10% -38% 50% 16% -68%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3% 8% 10% 4% 6% 2% 1% -50% 6% 3% -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Property

The courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 989 842 877 871 1,589 1,633 317 -81% 895 1,180 32%
Diversion 585 480 394 274 276 248 73 -71% 433 199 -54%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 232 172 130 79 73 81 26 -68% 153 60 -61%
Guilty 462 324 263 142 101 187 71 -62% 298 120 -60%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 13 46 65 4 14 13 1 -92% 32 9 -72%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Inf% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 8 7 9 6 11 23 5 -78% 8 13 62%
Diversion 2 3 0 3 5 4 2 -50% 2 4 100%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 0 2 1 1 1 0 1 Inf% 1 1 0%
Guilty 2 3 3 1 0 1 0 -100% 2 0 -100%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 393 361 227 258 985 664 55 -92% 310 568 83%
Diversion 324 369 204 166 173 130 7 -95% 266 103 -61%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 167 142 53 42 33 24 1 -96% 101 19 -81%
Guilty 1780 1,673 947 940 625 247 2 -99% 1,335 291 -78%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 34 195 101 79 176 29 0 -100% 102 68 -33%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 101 71 38 35 64 63 12 -81% 61 46 -25%
Diversion 12 10 7 21 4 2 0 -100% 12 2 -83%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 28 17 18 8 5 0 0 0% 18 2 -89%
Guilty 45 49 39 15 14 8 1 -88% 37 8 -78%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 13 8 15 1 3 3 0 -100% 9 2 -78%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1491 1,281 1,151 1,170 2,649 2,383 389 -84% 1,273 1,807 42%
Diversion 923 862 605 464 458 384 82 -79% 714 308 -57%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 427 333 202 130 112 105 28 -73% 273 82 -70%
Guilty 2289 2,049 1,252 1,098 740 443 74 -83% 1,672 419 -75%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 60 249 182 85 193 45 1 -98% 144 80 -44%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Inf% 0 0 0%

Rates

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 43% 45% 51% 64% 77% 76% 65% -14% 51% 73% 43%
Diversion 26% 26% 23% 20% 13% 11% 15% 36% 24% 13% -46%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 10% 9% 8% 6% 4% 4% 5% 25% 8% 4% -50%
Guilty 20% 17% 15% 10% 5% 9% 15% 67% 16% 10% -38%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 2% 4% 0% 1% 1% 0% -100% 2% 1% -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 67% 47% 64% 50% 65% 82% 62% -24% 57% 70% 23%
Diversion 17% 20% 0% 25% 29% 14% 25% 79% 16% 23% 44%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 0% 13% 7% 8% 6% 0% 12% Inf% 7% 6% -14%
Guilty 17% 20% 21% 8% 0% 4% 0% -100% 16% 1% -94%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 0% 0% 7% 8% 0% 0% 0% 0% 4% 0% -100%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 15% 13% 15% 17% 49% 61% 85% 39% 15% 65% 333%
Diversion 12% 13% 13% 11% 9% 12% 11% -8% 12% 11% -8%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 6% 5% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 0% 4% 2% -50%
Guilty 66% 61% 62% 63% 31% 23% 3% -87% 63% 19% -70%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 7% 7% 5% 9% 3% 0% -100% 5% 4% -20%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 51% 46% 32% 44% 71% 83% 92% 11% 43% 82% 91%
Diversion 6% 6% 6% 26% 4% 3% 0% -100% 11% 2% -82%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 14% 11% 15% 10% 6% 0% 0% 0% 12% 2% -83%
Guilty 23% 32% 33% 19% 16% 11% 8% -27% 27% 12% -56%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 7% 5% 13% 1% 3% 4% 0% -100% 6% 2% -67%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 29% 27% 34% 40% 64% 71% 68% -4% 32% 68% 112%
Diversion 18% 18% 18% 16% 11% 11% 14% 27% 18% 12% -33%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 8% 7% 6% 4% 3% 3% 5% 67% 6% 4% -33%
Guilty 44% 43% 37% 37% 18% 13% 13% 0% 40% 15% -62%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 5% 5% 3% 5% 1% 0% -100% 4% 2% -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Drugs

The courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 9 8 5 4 4 5 3 -40% 6 4 -33%
Diversion 255 124 120 76 32 29 0 -100% 144 20 -86%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 7 2 2 1 1 0 0 0% 3 0 -100%
Guilty 51 22 14 14 3 2 5 150% 25 3 -88%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3 9 2 4 4 1 0 -100% 4 2 -50%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 29 25 33 18 17 10 1 -90% 26 9 -65%
Diversion 68 57 34 13 13 5 0 -100% 43 6 -86%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 15 16 6 5 2 0 0 0% 10 1 -90%
Guilty 198 214 141 42 15 4 0 -100% 149 6 -96%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 8 16 29 1 4 0 0 0% 14 1 -93%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 38 33 38 22 21 15 4 -73% 33 13 -61%
Diversion 323 181 154 89 45 34 0 -100% 187 26 -86%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 22 18 8 6 3 0 0 0% 14 1 -93%
Guilty 249 236 155 56 18 6 5 -17% 174 10 -94%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 11 25 31 5 8 1 0 -100% 18 3 -83%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%

Rates

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 3% 5% 3% 4% 9% 14% 38% 171% 4% 20% 400%
Diversion 78% 75% 84% 77% 73% 78% 0% -100% 78% 50% -36%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 2% 1% 1% 1% 2% 0% 0% 0% 1% 1% 0%
Guilty 16% 13% 10% 14% 7% 5% 62% 1140% 13% 25% 92%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 1% 5% 1% 4% 9% 3% 0% -100% 3% 4% 33%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 9% 8% 14% 23% 33% 53% 100% 89% 14% 62% 343%
Diversion 21% 17% 14% 16% 25% 26% 0% -100% 17% 17% 0%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 5% 5% 2% 6% 4% 0% 0% 0% 4% 1% -75%
Guilty 62% 65% 58% 53% 29% 21% 0% -100% 60% 17% -72%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 3% 5% 12% 1% 8% 0% 0% 0% 5% 3% -40%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 6% 7% 10% 12% 22% 27% 44% 63% 9% 31% 244%
Diversion 50% 37% 40% 50% 47% 61% 0% -100% 44% 36% -18%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 3% 4% 2% 3% 3% 0% 0% 0% 3% 1% -67%
Guilty 39% 48% 40% 31% 19% 11% 56% 409% 40% 29% -28%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 5% 8% 3% 8% 2% 0% -100% 4% 3% -25%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Other

The courts have processed very few cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases that were completed during the pandemic were more likely than prior years to be withdrawals and dismissals because those types of outcomes could be easily processed without a court appearance. Many cases that require a court appearance are still pending.

Raw Counts

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category

Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 183 178 193 120 193 145 35 -76% 168 124 -26%
Diversion 184 128 125 114 44 42 15 -64% 138 34 -75%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 99 52 37 34 12 2 1 -50% 56 5 -91%
Guilty 868 836 764 694 146 32 7 -78% 790 62 -92%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 34 102 203 74 59 2 1 -50% 103 21 -80%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 318 311 161 151 156 179 38 -79% 235 124 -47%
Diversion 599 340 268 125 101 81 16 -80% 333 66 -80%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 121 94 44 18 6 5 0 -100% 69 4 -94%
Guilty 1191 960 499 183 91 56 4 -93% 708 50 -93%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 90 196 98 27 36 11 2 -82% 103 16 -84%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1341 1,245 320 89 142 109 18 -83% 749 90 -88%
Diversion 707 537 146 50 22 14 1 -93% 360 12 -97%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 748 636 103 29 10 8 0 -100% 379 6 -98%
Guilty 6454 6,035 1,127 247 126 53 1 -98% 3,466 60 -98%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 196 750 322 12 19 5 0 -100% 320 8 -98%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 1842 1,734 674 360 491 433 91 -79% 1,152 338 -71%
Diversion 1490 1,005 539 289 167 137 32 -77% 831 112 -87%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 968 782 184 81 28 15 1 -93% 504 15 -97%
Guilty 8513 7,831 2,390 1,124 363 141 12 -91% 4,964 172 -97%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 320 1,048 623 113 114 18 3 -83% 526 45 -91%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0%

Rates

Data: Year End Summary Offense Case Outcomes by Offense Category
Offense Category Disposition Type 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Yr-Yr
Change
’14-’17
Avg
’18-’20
Avg
’14-’17 Avg
Compared to
’18-’20 Avg
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 13% 14% 15% 12% 43% 65% 59% -9% 14% 56% 300%
Diversion 13% 10% 9% 11% 10% 19% 25% 32% 11% 18% 64%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 7% 4% 3% 3% 3% 1% 2% 100% 4% 2% -50%
Guilty 63% 65% 58% 67% 32% 14% 12% -14% 63% 19% -70%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 8% 15% 7% 13% 1% 2% 100% 8% 5% -38%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 14% 16% 15% 30% 40% 54% 63% 17% 19% 52% 174%
Diversion 26% 18% 25% 25% 26% 24% 27% 12% 24% 26% 8%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 5% 5% 4% 4% 2% 2% 0% -100% 4% 1% -75%
Guilty 51% 50% 47% 36% 23% 17% 7% -59% 46% 16% -65%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 4% 10% 9% 5% 9% 3% 3% 0% 7% 5% -29%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 14% 14% 16% 21% 45% 58% 90% 55% 16% 64% 300%
Diversion 7% 6% 7% 12% 7% 7% 5% -29% 8% 6% -25%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 8% 7% 5% 7% 3% 4% 0% -100% 7% 2% -71%
Guilty 68% 66% 56% 58% 39% 28% 5% -82% 62% 24% -61%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 8% 16% 3% 6% 3% 0% -100% 7% 3% -57%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dismissed/Withdrawn/Etc 14% 14% 15% 18% 42% 58% 65% 12% 15% 55% 267%
Diversion 11% 8% 12% 15% 14% 18% 23% 28% 12% 18% 50%
Guilty Plea/Nolo 7% 6% 4% 4% 2% 2% 1% -50% 5% 2% -60%
Guilty 65% 63% 54% 57% 31% 19% 9% -53% 60% 20% -67%
Not Guilty/Acquittal 2% 8% 14% 6% 10% 2% 2% 0% 8% 5% -38%
Exonerated/Won on Appeal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%