There are dozens of felony crimes identified by the United States Government, both violent and non-violent. Felonies are serious crimes, considered more impactful to public safety than minor crimes, called misdemeanors and petty crimes. Here’s a list of felonies identified as the top 20 felony crimes by the Uniform Crime Reports as the most common.
Top 20 List of Felonies in the U.S.
- Drug abuse violations are exceptionally common, often the most common felony offense, with about 2,000,000 violations annually.
- Property crimes include auto theft, burglary, larceny, arson, and theft.
- Driving while intoxicated is so common that every one of the states spends an incredible amount of law enforcement time and expense on preventing and catching DUI offenders.
- Larceny (theft), under the category of property crimes, is by itself one of the most common felony crimes in the U.S.
- Assault is, tragically, tremendously common, with well over 1,000,000 offenses each year.
- Disorderly conduct is a category that includes various crimes that pose a risk to society.
- Liquor laws that limit the sales of alcohol, such as sales to minors, are broken regularly across all of the states.
- Violent crime is another category including manslaughter, murder, robbery, assault, and forcible rape.
- Public drunkenness is still considered a crime and is rather common.
- The next three are individual crimes from the violent crime category: Aggravated assault
- Due to media raising awareness, most Americans are aware of the commonness of fraud in the business and political arenas.
- Weapons violations include carrying a concealed weapon, or possessing a gun without a license.
- Curfew and loitering laws exist in certain areas for different reasons, such as controlling gang activity.
- Robbery is next in line, which is theft involving direct contact with the victim.
- Domestic violence and child abuse are sadly pervasive crimes in every city in the U.S.
- Stolen property violations include being in possession of stolen property, whether or not the possessor is the one who stole the property.
- Motor vehicle theft is common enough that car alarms are a must-have item in many neighborhoods.
- Finally, forgery and counterfeiting include writing checks on someone else’s account and printing fake money.
Together these 20 most common felony crimes cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year and are the focus of much political debate on prevention and reform.
At Schatz Anderson & Associates, we’re very familiar with these felonies and have successfully defended cases that would surprise you. There is hope. Contact us today to see how.