Most Major Crimes Decreasing in Colorado, But Forcible Rape Convictions are Up

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) compiles a major crimes report each year, showing trends in convictions for various Colorado felony crimes in the state. In 2010, the last year for which a report is complete, the CBI found that “major crimes” – a category that includes homicides, forcible rape, robbery, burglary, and motor vehicle thefts – had, for the most part, decreased in Colorado in recent years. Convictions for forcible rape, however, have increased dramatically over the past several years.

In 2010, Colorado law enforcement agencies reported a total of 129 homicide convictions. This is a decrease of almost 25 percent from 2009, and a lower number than Colorado has seen in many years. Overall, homicide convictions accounted for 0.3 percent of criminal convictions in Colorado in 2010.

Law enforcement agencies also reported 3,131 robberies, 25,769 burglaries, and 11,114 motor vehicle thefts. All of these represented decreases from 2009 and were part of a trend of these types of criminal convictions decreasing in recent years.

Forcible rape was the primary exception to the overall decreasing trend in “major crimes.” In 2010, law enforcement agencies reported 2,168 forcible rapes, including both completed and attempted rape. While this number is lower overall than those for either robbery, burglary, or motor vehicle theft, it represents a 3.4 percent increase in reported forcible rapes over 2009.

A conviction for a major crime means major consequences. If you’ve been charged with a felony in Colorado, you need a dedicated Colorado felony defense attorney with the experience to build an aggressive defense that protects your rights and fights for the best possible outcome in your case. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we strive to give each of our clients the best possible representation. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a confidential consultation.

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