There has been a spike in murders throughout many of the major cities in the U.S., and there are dozens of reasons why that may be. As someone who is currently facing a murder charge, you should understand the reasons that the authorities believe these crimes are taking place because doing so could help shape your defense.

Why are murders so high this year? There are dozens of possibilities, but strain in the government, quarantines, an increase in gun purchases, protesting and other issues have all caused frustration and a rise in tensions that could be to blame.

Looking at crime data from 2020, it’s clear, for example, that there have been more homicides. At the same time, they are not necessarily a result of a greater number of shootings. Looking at data from 23 cities, it was determined that murders have risen, but other kinds of crimes had decreased overall.

What is interesting about this data is that it’s unusual. Normally, murders and other kinds of crimes increase at the same rates. Today, that’s not happening. At least, the other types of crimes aren’t being reported as often.

Staying home more often, a lack of trust in the authorities, greater gun sales, overwhelmed hospitals and a terrible economy are all possible reasons for an uptick in crime. Those factors may be something you can address in your defense. For example, if you lost your job and were home more with someone who was abusing you, then that situation may have finally risen to a head and resulted in a homicide. Your defense attorney can use this information to help build a stronger case to protect you.