Study: When the clocks fall back, assaults increase

Certain times of the year can see increases in certain types of crimes. A recent study points to something that is coming up this weekend typically being the leading edge of such a time when it comes to assault. This is the turning back of the clocks by an hour for the end of daylight saving time. This year, this is occurring on Nov. 5.

The study looked at what happens with assault levels at both the start of daylight saving time (when clocks spring ahead in the front part of the year) and the end of daylight saving time (when clocks fall back in the back part of the year). The study found that the time right after daylight saving time starts sees around a 3 percent drop in assaults. It found that that time immediately following the end of daylight saving time sees the opposite trend, a nearly 3 percent increase in assaults.

One wonders what factors are behind the increase in assaults that the study suggests tends to follow the falling back of the clocks. One also wonders how much in the way of assault accusations and charges Oklahoma will see in the time following this year's upcoming end of daylight saving time.

Whatever time of the year it is, facing assault charges is a remarkably impactful thing. What steps a person takes regarding their defense when such charges are brought against them could have significant implications for many aspects of their life, given the wide-ranging consequences that can come from an assault conviction. So, when a person is accused of committing assault here in Oklahoma, promptly getting quality legal guidance on what they can do in response to the charges can be crucial.

Source: CBS News, "Assaults go up when daylight saving time ends, study finds," Oct. 31, 2017

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