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Federal Justice Statistics, 2005 - Statistical Tables


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Table 4.1. Defendants in criminal cases commenced, by offense, October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2005

Most serious offense charged Defendants in cases commenced
during 2005

Number Percent

  All offenses 91,578   100 %
Felonies 80,728   88.2 %
  Violent offenses 2,863   3.1 %
    Murder* 212   0.2  
    Negligent manslaughter 1   --  
    Assault 707   0.8  
    Robbery 1,313   1.4  
    Sexual abuse* 460   0.5  
    Kidnapping 131   0.1  
    Threats against the President 39   --  
  Property offenses 12,602   13.8 %
    Fraudulent 10,991   12.0 %
      Embezzlement 597   0.7  
      Fraud* 9,040   9.9  
      Forgery 61   0.1  
      Counterfeiting 1,293   1.4  
    Other 1,611   1.8 %
      Burglary 70   0.1  
      Larceny* 997   1.1  
      Motor vehicle theft 42   --  
      Arson and explosives 241   0.3  
      Transportation of stolen property 202   0.2  
      Other property offenses* 59   0.1  
  Drug offenses 30,875   33.7 %
    Trafficking 28,789   31.4  
    Possession and other
drug offenses
2,086   2.3  
  Public-order offenses 6,708   7.3 %
    Regulatory 916   1.0 %
      Agriculture 4   --  
      Antitrust 36   --  
      Food and drug 21   --  
      Transportation 143   0.2  
      Civil rights 76   0.1  
      Communications 36   --  
      Custom laws 54   0.1  
      Postal laws 38   --  
      Other regulatory offenses 508   0.6  
    Other 5,792   6.3 %
      Tax law violations* 578   0.6  
      Bribery 178   0.2  
      Perjury, contempt, and intimidation 401   0.4  
      National defense 65   0.1  
      Escape 698   0.8  
      Racketeering and extortion 2,065   2.3  
      Gambling 159   0.2  
      Nonviolent sex offenses 1,346   1.5  
      Obscene material* 18   --  
      Traffic offenses 24   --  
      Wildlife 62   0.1  
      Environmental 40   --  
      All other felonies* 158   0.2  
    Weapons offenses 9,762   10.7 %
    Immigration offenses 17,918   19.6 %
Misdemeanors* 10,850   11.8 %
    Fraudulent property offenses 891   1.0  
    Larceny 1,621   1.8  
    Drug possession* 1,927   2.1  
    Immigration 193   0.2  
    Traffic offenses 4,111   4.5  
    Other misdemeanors 2,107   2.3  

*"Murder" includes nonnegligent manslaughter; "Sexual abuse" includes only violent sex offenses; "Fraud" excludes tax fraud; "Larceny" excludes transportation of stolen property; "Other property offenses" excludes fraudulent property offenses and includes destruction of property and trespassing; "Tax law violations" includes tax fraud; "Obscene material" denotes the mail or transport thereof; "All other felonies" includes felonies with unclassifiable offense type; "Misdemeanors" includes misdemeanors, petty offenses, and unknown offense levels; and "Drug possession" also includes other drug misdemeanors.
--Less than 0.05%.


Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Criminal Master File,
fiscal year.
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