Recently, a report looked at trends in violent offense rates throughout the nation. It reviewed 2017 crime data on the states and hundreds of major metro areas.

What did this report have to say about Minnesota?

It found the state’s violent crime rate for 2017 to be 238 crimes per 100,000 residents. This is significantly below the national average, which was 383 per 100,000. It also puts Minnesota among the states with the lowest violent crime levels.

Additionally, all five of the state’s major metro areas were found to be well under the national average when it comes to violent crime rate.

The report also indicated, however, that Minnesota’s violent crime level has been going slightly up lately. Reportedly, this rate was 3.2 percent higher in 2017 than it was five years prior. This differs from the national trend. In the U.S. as a whole, the violent crime rate dropped 1.3 percent over that period.

What trends do you think Minnesota will experience in upcoming years regarding this rate? What law enforcement trends do you think the state will see when it comes to violent crime?

Being accused of a violent offense, such as robbery or aggravated assault, here in Minnesota is a very serious situation. It can be incredibly disruptive to a person’s life and put his or her long-term goals in jeopardy. So, when individuals are facing violent crime charges, it is critical for them to understand what options they have for protecting their rights and defending their future. This is why seeking out experienced criminal defense guidance is such an important step when such charges arise.