Summary Offense Charges

Year End 12/31/2021

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Summary Offenses may be charged directly by the police or by the DAO’s Charging Unit.

  1%

2,182 Cases

All Offenses

  -15%

1,418 Cases

Property Offenses

  0

3 Cases

Drug Offenses

  52%

439 Cases

Other Offenses

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 Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
All Property Offenses
10,065
7,783
7,317
6,804
7,100
4,387
1,676
1,418
All Drug Offenses
0
0
1
15
0
14
0
3
All Other Offenses
4,275
3,525
2,313
1,450
1,182
829
288
439
Uncategorized Offenses
15,409
14,007
3,400
1,557
1,049
613
189
322
All Offenses
29,749
25,315
13,031
9,826
9,331
5,843
2,153
2,182

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 Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
1,993
1,799
1,682
1,393
2,350
2,471
1,311
877
1
1
2
0
9
2
0
4
4,730
2,757
2,557
2,901
3,482
951
35
130
2,648
2,795
2,762
2,351
1,115
860
252
342
272
212
189
114
132
102
78
65
421
219
125
45
12
1
0
0
All Property Offenses
10,065
7,783
7,317
6,804
7,100
4,387
1,676
1,418

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 Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
0
0
1
15
0
14
0
3
All Drug Offenses
0
0
1
15
0
14
0
3

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 Summary Cases Opened by Police District

Data: Year End Count of Summary Cases Opened by Offense Category

Offense Category
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2,696
2,255
1,541
851
600
379
124
122
972
629
369
448
489
413
161
296
592
615
386
140
86
30
1
18
15
26
17
11
7
7
2
3
All Other Offenses
4,275
3,525
2,313
1,450
1,182
829
288
439