New Study Attempts to Determine How Much Crime Pays

Posted on : September 7, 2017
a new study looks at the cost of crime

There are many different consequences of people or groups engaged in criminal behavior, but a new study seeks to find the financial repercussions associated with carrying out crime.

According to the research project, some crimes allow people to make a living off of them. In many cases the people who engage in these crimes may be only qualified for low wage positions and may struggle to identify a regular job. Some people also engage in a broad variety of different types of crimes, such as shop lifting, selling drugs, pick pocketing, robbing a bank or selling weapons in order to earn income. A new study published in Criminology looked at how much money people earn through criminal activities. The people who participated in this study had been convicted of a felony at some point between the ages of 14 and 17.

From that point forward, they were tracked for seven years and nearly 370 people were included in the study. With an average participant age of 21 years, the majority of the study participants were either Hispanic or African-American and most were male. The key takeaways identified that those who participated in this study reported earnings of approximately $1470 per week.

Up to 83% of the people who participated in the study were involved in selling drugs for money and 12% were engaged in robbery. Nearly half of the participants never completed high school. Selling drugs to earn money was the most common reason for engaging in that particular type of crime. Being accused of selling, trafficking or possessing drugs could have catastrophic consequences if you are convicted. Consulting with an experienced attorney as soon as possible is strongly recommended.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, you know how overwhelming this experience can be in general. If you’re not sure what to do, you might be tempted to cooperate with the police and give them more information than necessary. At the time, it’s hard to tell what your next step should be. That’s where an experienced lawyer comes in to assist you with crafting an effective defense for any criminal charges.

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