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More American adults getting arrested

The crime rate in Colorado and across the U.S. has been on a downward trend for decades. However, statistics show that more people are getting arrested than ever before.

A recent study published in the journal Crime & Delinquency found that U.S. adults between the ages of 26 and 35 years old were 3.6 times more likely to have an arrest record than Americans aged 66 or older. That means that 23% of Americans born between the years of 1979 and 1988 have been arrested at least once. In comparison, only 6.4% of Americans born before 1949 have at least one arrest on their record.

Most of these arrests weren't for serious crimes. In fact, only 19% of all arrests for men and 28% of all arrests for women were for assaults, robberies and thefts. Meanwhile, around 31% of arrests for women and 28% of arrests for men were for misdemeanors. Drug arrests made up 9% of arrests for men and 8% of arrests for women, and underage drinking accounted for 16% of arrests for men and 11% of arrests for women. According to experts, increased enforcement is the likely reason for the spike in arrests. Unfortunately, arrests for minor offenses can have a devastating impact on a person's life, reducing employment, income and marriage opportunities for long periods of time.

A criminal defense attorney might be able to prevent someone from being convicted of a minor crime. After reviewing a defendant's case, the attorney may find ways to challenge the prosecution's evidence and get the charges dismissed. In other circumstances, legal counsel may be able to negotiate a plea deal that significantly reduces the charges and penalties. For instance, first-time offenders might be sentenced to community service in lieu of jail time.

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