El Dorado County felony arrests rise, violent offense arrests drop

EL DORADO COUNTY — El Dorado County registered a rise in felony arrests as well as a drop in arrests for violent offenses in 2013 in comparison with 2012 figures, according to California Department of Justice Statistics.

The hike in felony offense arrests from 1,863 in 2012 to 2,019 in 2013 represents a roughly 8.4-precent increase. Of those arrested, 1,493 were men.

According to the data, 449 of the felony arrests made in El Dorado County in 2013 were for violent offenses, representing about 22 percent of the criminal activity punished. The data indicates that 325 of those arrested for violent offenses were men.

Those figures represent a 5-percent drop from 2012, when 479 violent felonies resulted in arrest.

Violent offenses also made up 25 percent of all the felony arrests.

Among the most violent crimes, three homicide arrests were made and seven on charges of forcible rape. The most represented violent crime was assault, with 405 arrests made. Assault arrests made up 90 percent of felony violent arrests and 20 percent of all felony arrests. Furthermore, a total of 11 arrests were made in connection to kidnappings.

Roughly 32 percent, 648, of the felony arrests were for drug offenses.

Of those, 291 arrests were made for drugs considered dangerous and 141 were for marijuana offenses.

Excluding rape charges, which are considered violent offenses, there were 32 sex offense arrests reported. Seven were for lewd and lascivious behavior, four were for unlawful sex and 21 were for other offenses.

Misdemeanor offenses, however, saw a drop of 2 percent from 3,918 in 2012 to 3,828 in 2013.

The most common misdemeanor offense that led to arrest was DUI, with 1,064. There were also 482 arrests made on charges of assault and battery, 215 for dangerous drug offenses, 208 for petty theft, 225 for failure to appear in court, 96 for trespassing and 81 for marijuana offenses.

Juveniles managed largely to stay out of jail, with four arrests reported.

No arrests for truancy or curfew violations were reported.

The DOJ considers a person has been arrested when he or she is taken into custody, because an officer has reason to believe the person violated the law. Not all arrests result in persons being jailed.

Felony arrests can result in a sentence to state prison if the offender is convicted as an adult. A misdemeanor arrest can result in a sentence of up to one year in county jail, a fine, probation, restitution, or any combination of those sentences.

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