Table 2
Cases by age of accused, adult criminal court, Canada, 2008/2009

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Offence category Total cases Age group
18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 plus
number number percent number percent number percent number percent number percent
Total offences 383,846 117,533 30.6 107,205 27.9 87,271 22.7 51,753 13.5 20,084 5.2
Criminal Code total 336,569 99,612 29.6 94,935 28.2 78,475 23.3 45,834 13.6 17,713 5.3
Crimes against the person 91,128 23,228 25.5 25,983 28.5 23,362 25.6 13,283 14.6 5,272 5.8
Homicide
252 109 43.3 69 27.4 50 19.8 19 7.5 5 2.0
Attempted murder
159 59 37.1 46 28.9 28 17.6 17 10.7 9 5.7
Robbery
4,294 2,051 47.8 1,203 28.0 702 16.3 281 6.5 57 1.3
Sexual assault
3,851 765 19.9 909 23.6 1,012 26.3 666 17.3 499 13.0
Other sexual offences
1,901 290 15.3 483 25.4 530 27.9 342 18.0 256 13.5
Major assault
20,633 6,741 32.7 5,988 29.0 4,558 22.1 2,493 12.1 853 4.1
Common assault
36,185 8,231 22.7 10,592 29.3 9,825 27.2 5,445 15.0 2,092 5.8
Uttering threats
17,929 3,763 21.0 4,951 27.6 5,069 28.3 3,032 16.9 1,114 6.2
Criminal harassment
2,917 426 14.6 762 26.1 880 30.2 598 20.5 251 8.6
Other crimes against the person
3,007 793 26.4 980 32.6 708 23.5 390 13.0 136 4.5
Crimes against property 90,297 29,866 33.1 25,106 27.8 20,657 22.9 11,143 12.3 3,525 3.9
Theft
37,962 11,018 29.0 9,926 26.1 9,218 24.3 5,778 15.2 2,022 5.3
Break and enter
11,195 4,450 39.7 3,207 28.6 2,391 21.4 968 8.6 179 1.6
Fraud
13,986 3,929 28.1 4,382 31.3 3,473 24.8 1,689 12.1 513 3.7
Mischief
13,611 5,533 40.7 3,787 27.8 2,574 18.9 1,331 9.8 386 2.8
Possess stolen property
11,616 4,232 36.4 3,245 27.9 2,562 22.1 1,194 10.3 383 3.3
Other property crimes
1,927 704 36.5 559 29.0 439 22.8 183 9.5 42 2.2
Administration of Justice offences 80,820 26,177 32.4 24,442 30.2 18,573 23.0 9,265 11.5 2,363 2.9
Fail to appear
4,875 1,657 34.0 1,444 29.6 1,091 22.4 541 11.1 142 2.9
Breach of probation
29,871 9,312 31.2 9,447 31.6 7,052 23.6 3,350 11.2 710 2.4
Unlawfully at large
2,330 616 26.4 765 32.8 642 27.6 264 11.3 43 1.8
Fail to comply with order
35,104 11,501 32.8 10,241 29.2 7,936 22.6 4,216 12.0 1,210 3.4
Other administration of justice offences
8,640 3,091 35.8 2,545 29.5 1,852 21.4 894 10.3 258 3.0
Other Criminal Code offences 17,823 6,103 34.2 4,839 27.2 3,547 19.9 2,175 12.2 1,159 6.5
Weapons offences
9,556 3,583 37.5 2,537 26.5 1,675 17.5 1,119 11.7 642 6.7
Prostitution
1,584 225 14.2 426 26.9 450 28.4 290 18.3 193 12.2
Disturb the peace
1,795 687 38.3 429 23.9 359 20.0 233 13.0 87 4.8
Other offences
4,888 1,608 32.9 1,447 29.6 1,063 21.7 533 10.9 237 4.8
Criminal Code traffic offences 56,501 14,238 25.2 14,565 25.8 12,336 21.8 9,968 17.6 5,394 9.5
Impaired driving
44,821 11,062 24.7 11,171 24.9 9,613 21.4 8,311 18.5 4,664 10.4
Other Criminal Code traffic offences
11,680 3,176 27.2 3,394 29.1 2,723 23.3 1,657 14.2 730 6.3
Other federal statute offences 47,277 17,921 37.9 12,270 26.0 8,796 18.6 5,919 12.5 2,371 5.0
Drug possession
15,380 6,939 45.1 4,152 27.0 2,453 15.9 1,521 9.9 315 2.0
Drug trafficking
12,387 4,416 35.7 3,602 29.1 2,453 19.8 1,478 11.9 438 3.5
Youth Criminal Justice Act and Young Offenders Act
1,177 1,167 99.2 6 0.5 2 0.2 2 0.2 0
Other federal statutes
18,333 5,399 29.4 4,510 24.6 3,888 21.2 2,918 15.9 1,618 8.8
Population1 26,380,345 3,206,673 12.2 4,502,191 17.1 4,874,087 18.5 5,275,286 20.0 8,522,108 32.3
1. Population estimates as of July 2008. Coverage for Adult Criminal Court Survey data as at 2008/2009 is estimated at 95% of adult criminal court caseload.
Note: Due to rounding, percentages may not add to 100. Age is the age of the accused at the time of the offence. Excludes 9,061 (2.3%) cases where age of the accused was unknown or under 18 at the time of the offence. In Quebec, most drug offences are recorded under residual federal statutes, resulting in an undercount of drug possession and drug trafficking cases and an overcount of residual federal statute cases.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Adult Criminal Court Survey.

 

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