Minor crimes\u00a0 in Monongalia County decreased by more than 600 in 2018.\r\nHowever, major crimes saw a\u00a0slight increase.\r\nThe number of cases charged does not mean the number of cases prosecuted. It does mean\u00a0a law enforcement agency arrested and charged a person who was then arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.\r\nAccording to the Magistrate Court\u2019s database, 5,574 misdemeanors \u2014 offenses that\u00a0 are punishable by no more than a year in prison \u2014 were charged in 2018. That\u2019s 601 less charges than in 2017, which had 6,175.\r\nMisdemeanors include crimes such as possession of a controlled substance. Both years had 699 possession cases, but 2018 saw a slight increase in the number of actual charges with 796 offenses compared to 2017\u2019s 747. A defendant can be charged with possession for each illegal substance they are found with.\r\nTotal offenses charged for possession with intent \u2014 in other words selling drugs \u2014 went up in 2018 with 168 charges for 120 defendants compared to 139 charges for 116 people in 2017. Possession with intent is a felony.\r\nFelony crimes are those that\u00a0 carry a prison sentence of more than a year.\r\nPerhaps the most obvious felony is murder, of which there was one charged in 2018. There were no murders charged in Mon County in 2017.\r\nDeputy Clerk Amanda Stemple said some of the most common crimes are drug possession and underage consumption because of the large college student population in the county.\r\nUnderage drinking cases were cut almost in half from 2017 \u2014\u00a0\u00a0317 cases compared to 604.\r\nThe number of mis-demeanor driving under\u00a0the influence charges\u00a0 also decreased from 401 in 2017 to 347 in 2018. Third and subsequent DUI offenses are considered felonies and those increased to 25 from 17.\r\nSexual crimes, including sexual abuse, assault and assault by parent or guardian decreased by\u00a0one. There were\u00a018 in 2018.