Most common felony crimes
What are the most common felonies committed in the US? What are common punishments for these felonies? A list of the 20 most common felonies in the US.
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The Uniform Crime Reports collects data on crimes and arrests reported by law enforcement authorities to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Not all law enforcement agencies provide information, so some figures are estimated by the F.B.I. According to the U. C. R., in 2007 aggravated assault accounted for 60.8% of all violent crimes committed in the U.S. Robbery comprised 31.6%; forcible rape, 6.4%, murder, 1.2%. In 2007, every 466.9 persons per 100,000 were victims of a violent crime. Overall, violent crime went down 0.7% from the previous year.
Felony crimes are serious crimes that include burglary and murder. Class 1 is the most serious classification, which can result in a minimum life sentence in prison, and a maximum penalty of death. Class 2 felonies can result in life imprisonment, or a minimum of 20 years imprisonment. Class 3 felonies can result in imprisonment of 5-20 years. Class 4 felonies can result in imprisonment of 2-10 years. Class 5 felonies can result in imprisonment of up to 1-10 years in prison, or jail of up to 12 months. A Class 6 felony can result in a minimum prison sentence of one year. Minimum sentences are part of the U.S. Penal code, but each state can impose additional imprisonment, fines or both. (Cornell School of Law)
Also, felons lose many of their civil rights. The right to run for government office, join the military, and vote can be taken away. Felons may lose their drivers licenses through suspension or revocation. Prospective employers have the right to inquire about any felony convictions, and can even require insurance coverage in the way of a surety bond provided by the employee. Many insurance companies will not insure convicted felons, making it difficult for convicted felons to find work.
According to Crime in the U.S., and the U.S. Department of Justice, the top 20 crimes in order are: