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Homicide rate falls in Minnesota while increasing nationally

New information from the FBI shows that the homicide rate in Minnesota has fallen from 2015 to 2016. The number of murders in the state dropped 25 percent in that period of time per 100,000 residents. According to the FBI report, there were 101 murders in the state in 2016 compared to 131 in 2015. Despite the drop in the murder rate, there was little change in the overall rate of violent crime in Minnesota.

Overall, there was an 8-percent increase in the nation's homicide rate with a 3-percent increase in violent crimes, such a rape or murder. Increases in cities such as Baltimore and Chicago are partially responsible for the increase throughout the country. Despite increases in 2016, FBI data shows that the overall crime rate is about 20 percent lower than it was 10 years ago.

If a person is charged with homicide, that person may face a significant prison sentence. However, an attorney may be able to create defenses to the charge that may reduce any penalties that an individual may face. For instance, it may be possible to argue that a person was killed in self-defense or that there was no intent for someone to be harmed. This may make it easier to craft a plea bargain that may reduce a prison sentence or allow an individual to avoid prison altogether.

In some cases, it may be possible for an attorney to have the case thrown out entirely before it gets to trial. This may occur if evidence is sealed or if it can be shown that evidence was obtained illegally by police. Casting doubt upon physical evidence or witness testimony at trial may make it possible for an individual to win an acquittal and retain his or her freedom.

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