Los Angeles has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation. The FBI reports that in 2010 there were an estimated 1,246,248 violent crimes nationwide, totaling 403.6 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.
Violent crimes include the following (listed in descending order):
The following property crimes are also considered violent crimes:
- Motor vehicle theft
The FBI reports that in 2010, the highest number of violent crimes involved aggravated assault, totally 62 percent. Next up is robbery which accounted for 29.5 percent; forcible rape which accounted for 6.8 percent; and murder which accounted for 1.2 percent of violent crimes in 2010.
The state of California has harsh penalties for violent crimes. If you are arrested and charged with a violent crime, you should exercise your right to remain silent. Do not say anything until your lawyer is present. You will need to hire an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible so he or she can build you a solid defense.
As a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, Vitaly B. Sigal has defended numerous cases involving violent crimes. He offers aggressive representation for his clients and is known for his success.