Crime & Arrests Statistics and Comparisons for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, & U.S.

The violent crime rate in Harrisburg, PA, is 14.23 per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.55 per 1,000 residents across the entire state and a 3.9 national median. Property crime rates reveal that Harrisburg has a 52.02 property crime rate versus a 22.22 crime rate across all of Pennsylvania and a 29.1 national median rate per 1,000 people.*

It is clear that in Harrisburg and surrounding areas, including parts of Dauphin County, the police may be more focused on finding suspects when potentially there are none just because Harrisburg has a bad reputation for violent crime.

Drug Arrests & Alcohol-Related Driving Arrests Analysis: 1980–Present

It appears that drug arrests and arrests for driving while under the influence have risen at a significant rate since 1980 throughout the state of Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency,**in 1980 the number of drug abuse offenses reported was 13,432, with 117 arrests per 100,000 people.

In 2000, the number of arrests rose to nearly 40,000, with 401 arrests reported per 100,000 people. Finally, in the latest year for which statistics are available — 2009 — reported offenses rose to 52,565 with an arrest rate of 437 per 100,000 people.

In 1980, there were 19,300 arrests in Pennsylvania for driving under the influence, with 163 per 100,000 people arrested. In 2000, over 41,000 people were arrested for alcohol-related driving offenses, meaning an arrest rate of 342 per 100,000. In 2009, the arrest rate rose to 426 per 100,000 people.

Additionally, violent crimes in Pennsylvania appear to be going up when compared to violent crimes across the U.S. For instance, from 1980 to 2009, violent crimes in the U.S. per 100,000 people have gone down in most categories, including murder, rape and robbery, while these same categories of crime have all risen proportionately per 100,000 people in Pennsylvania.

Arrested for a Criminal Offense? Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Please contact the Harrisburg, PA, law firm of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation with Roger Laguna or Laura Reyes Maloney: 717-233-5292. You may also contact us online.

*http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/pa/harrisburg/rycroft-dr/#crime

**http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/statistics/5393/crime_statistics/494652

Federal Weapons Charges in Pennsylvania

Experienced Federal Charges Defense Attorneys in Harrisburg

Have you been accused of a federal weapons crime in Pennsylvania? The first step in fighting your charges and protecting your rights, future and freedom is to contact an experienced federal weapons defense attorney.

The attorney team of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, includes lawyers who:

Federal investigators and prosecutors are ready to bring years of expertise and the full resources of the federal judicial system to the prosecution of your case. You need assistance from a legal team that is experienced in fighting charges of possession of an illegal firearm, assault/battery with a firearm, possession of weapon by a felon or unlawful possession of a firearm.

Federal weapons charges can result in years in prison, deportment (for immigrants) and a permanent stain on your record. We can evaluate your case and determine how to best defend it. For example, firm attorney Roger Laguna is a former police officer who is skilled at assessing how law enforcement officials gather evidence. Our team question whether there was probable cause for any search, seizure or arrest that was conducted, and determine whether the evidence against you was properly obtained. If federal agents acted improperly or illegally, you charges may be dropped.

Often, federal agents are able to tie a weapons charge with another charge, thus increasing the severity of the charges and penalties, including extensive and consecutive prison sentences. Don’t face the federal government without effective legal help. Contact Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, by calling 717-233-5292.

Criminal Law Legal Help for Immigrants in Pennsylvania

Information Regarding Deportable Offenses

Under federal immigration laws, temporary or permanent residents can be deported if convicted of certain crimes. Because federal immigration laws are generally geared towards the removal of criminal offenders, the list of deportable offenders is too long to include on this blog page. However, a list of charges that commonly lead to deportation includes:

If you face any of the above charges or any other criminal charges in Pennsylvania and are concerned about your right to remain in the U.S., contact the Harrisburg law firm of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP.

We understand that, as an immigrant, you face the possibility of separation from your family and a return to problematic situation in your nation of origin. We can draw on decades of legal experience when working to fight your charges and keep you in the U.S.

A key step is to work to have charges reduced to a legal that won’t lead to deportation. We can work with prosecutors, local law enforcement officers and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to this end. We can also conduct an investigation and determine other steps, i.e. does it make sense to work to have your charges dismissed?

At Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, we keep apprised of the constantly changing laws that affect your rights as an immigrant in the U.S. For more information regarding deportable offenses in Pennsylvania, please contact our office by calling 717-233-5292.

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