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Criminal offenses that increase in summer months

Memorial Day is coming up next week, and many people consider it to be the unofficial start of summer. With this in mind, it can be a good idea to talk about some types of criminal offenses that are more likely to occur in summer months.

This information comes from a special report from the U.S. Department of Justice, which also notes that the seasonal fluctuations stem from factors including increased daylight hours, temperature changes and fluctuations in personal routines, like being on summer vacation or increased drug or alcohol use.

  • Household burglary (unlawful entry into a person's home)
  • Household larceny (taking of someone else's personal property)
  • Aggravated assault (assault with an aggravating element, like use of a weapon)
  • Simple assault (involving adults; summer rate is lower for youths)
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Violence resulting in injury

Other reports indicate that summer is also a time of increased drunk driving. During the "100 deadliest days" between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, the number of drunk drivers on the road increases significantly.

These crimes aren't unique to summer months, but they can be more likely to occur, thanks, in part, to things like increased opportunity. It is also important to note that other types of crimes can be more common in the summer, but they were not necessarily addressed in the report. 

With all this in mind, we encourage readers who wind up accused of a crime in the coming weeks to take seriously their right to have legal counsel. A criminal charge and/or conviction can ruin not only your summer, but also your criminal record, freedom, job and reputation.

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