The good news is that overall crime is down in Flagler County, but the bad news is that violent crime is up in many categories.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report, the rates of rape, aggravated assault, burglaries and stolen vehicles all increase in 2015. There was also one murder in the county, up from zero in 2014.
Flagler County’s sheriff says his deputies have managed to keep the crime rate low for a long time. And despite increases in key categories, the overall crime rate is still down .6 percent.
The increase has been blamed on population growth. In the last four years, the county’s population has grown by about 10 percent.
The sheriff said whenever they start to see a spike in crime in specific areas, they flood the zones with patrols.
Statewide, crime is also up in several categories, although overall crime is down 1.6 percent.
In 2015, the crime rates rose in the following categories:
- Murder: 5.7 percent
- Rape: 6.1 percent
- Fondling: 2.0 percent
- Aggravated Assault: 3.9 percent
- Motor vehicle Theft: 12.4 percent
The report also breaks down domestic violence-related crime by category. Overall, domestic violence-related crime is up .5 percent.
Violent crime is a broad term that describes various criminal acts. Murder and armed robbery are violent crimes that are severely penalized in Florida. Other common violent crimes include assault, battery, and domestic violence. The consequences of a conviction for these crimes can vary, but some result in lifetime prison sentences. If you are facing a charge for a violent criminal offense, understand that you are in for a fight as the prosecution will do whatever they can to try to convict you.
You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help defend you against a violent crime charge. Our Flagler County Criminal Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can investigate the facts surrounding your case and charges and come up with the best approach to effectively counter the prosecution’s strategy. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.