Most Common Felony Crimes in the US

Most Common Felony Crimes in the US

If you’re dealing with a felony or misdemeanor charge, know that you’re not alone. Here are the top 20 most frequent felony charges in the US.


  1. Drug abuse violations are the most common felony charges in the US. This includes cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, narcotics, and prescription medication abuse.
  2. Property crimes are lumped into this one—arson, theft, burglary, arson, etc.
  3. Driving while intoxicated or DUI is an extremely common charge, and many state law enforcement agencies spend millions of dollars every year trying to prevent people from driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and medication the inhibits driving. However, lots of law enforcement personnel incorrectly administer blood alcohol and field sobriety tests, so those who have been charged with DUI may be able to have the case against them dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.
  4. Larceny, also known as theft, is alone the 4th top felony crime.
  5. Assault charges are also frequently brought in the US.
  6. A disorderly conduct charge encompasses any crime that poses a danger to society. Examples of behavior that may result in a felony disorderly conduct charge include fighting in public, protesting disruptively, disturbing an assembly, and public misconduct. Interacting with police sometimes leads to disorderly conduct charges if any physical conduct such as pushing, fighting, spitting, or anything else occurs.
  7. Those who break liquor laws, such as selling alcohol to minors, are sometimes surprised to find that they’re being charged with a felony.
  8. Violent crimes are still a major issue in this country, including forcible rape, murder, robbery, assault, and manslaughter.
  9. Public drunkenness is still a felony crime in many states.
  10. These next three crimes are in the violent crime category, though they each stand out on their own:

  11. Aggravated assault
  12. Burglary
  13. Vandalism
  14. Fraud, including internet fraud, is becoming more common nationwide.
  15. Weapons violations, including carrying a concealed weapon and owning a gun without a license.
  16. Curfew and loitering law violations exist in many areas to temper gang activity and for other reasons.
  17. Robbery is a frequent felony charge. It’s defined as theft with direct contact with the victim.
  18. Domestic violence and child abuse are pressing issues in every American city.
  19. Stolen property crimes are often felony charges, including just possessing stolen property.
  20. Motor vehicle theft is a rampant problem in many American cities.
  21. Lastly, forgery and counterfeiting charges are the 20th most common crime in the US today. 

If you’re dealing with a felony charge, if it’s one of the ones listed here or a less common one, contact Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at 909-920-0908 for a free consultation. Attorney Howell is an experienced criminal defense lawyer with many years of experience defending complex cases. Whatever you do, don’t lose hope! Call to discuss the specifics of your case and develop a solid game plan. You’ll feel so much better.