A newly released study conducted by Colorado State University links domestic violence to air pollution. Study authors suggest that decreasing daily pollutants by 10% could save nearly $1.5B in crime-related costs annually.
Researchers used data from 2013-2016 to examine the impact of weather, wildfire smoke and other pollutants on crime rates. The data originated from the EPA, NOAA, Oregon State and the FBI.
Researchers examined micropollutants – those particles smaller than 2.5µm, and ozone – in nearly 400 counties in the United States. Using the data, researchers correlated changes in the crime rate with changes in the local pollution count. According to researchers, they associated a 10% increase in micropollutants with a 0.14% increase in assaults. They also correlated a 10% increase in ozone exposure to a 0.3% increase in violent crimes.
The CSU researchers noted that the change in daily pollutant exposure had a pronounced effect on domestic assaults. Lower temperatures exacerbated the connection between pollution and crime. The data revealed that assaultive behavior began to rise well before pollution reached current EPA air-quality standards.
Rising pollution levels had no discernible impact on property crime rates.
Los Angeles domestic violence attorney
When you face charges for domestic assault, hire an experienced Los Angeles domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He is a top-rated defender and takes domestic abuse cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
While California leads the nation in pollution control standards, an “air quality” defense probably won’t get you very far. When you face spousal abuse charges, you need an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for you and your family.
In many cases, the victim of a domestic assault doesn’t want to press charges. Investigators may pressure the victim to file an assault complaint anyway. California law makes it difficult to withdraw a domestic assault complaint without risk to complainant. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Don’t settle for a flimsy defense and don’t assume that a plea bargain is in your best interest. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County domestic violence case.
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