DUI Conviction Rate


If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you might be facing the chance of a DUI conviction. The DUI conviction rate varies from state to state, but it seems that of those who are arrested for drunk driving, more are convicted than aren’t. Actual numbers are difficult to pin down, because conviction information is sensitive and because jurisdictions calculate them in different ways.

Also, what the court may claim as a DUI conviction can take several forms: Guilty plea, jury verdict, or through a plea bargain. Plus, even if you have a blood alcohol content lower than the legal limit, you could still be convicted of impaired driving.You may face separate penalties for refusing a breath test, too.

But each type of DUI conviction is not the same. Would a plea bargain result in lower penalties for you? You can discuss this with a local DUI attorney who can take a look at your case and how the laws in your state will apply.

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DUI Conviction Rates: Using the State of California as an Example

Officials in California released a study of DUI conviction rates in 2007. The results provide some idea of the number of people arrested who were convicted on DUI charges. Between 1997 and 2006, the conviction rate for a DUI in California was between 75 and 80 percent.

In that same time period in California, 5.3 percent of those with one DUI conviction got another one. A large portion of DUI arrests in 2006 didn’t result in a conviction of anything other than DUI or reckless driving.

Penalties for DUI Conviction

The penalties that come along with DUI convictions for first-time offenders who drive while intoxicated (or "DWI") are generally more harsh than they were in the past. Jail time, expensive ignition interlock devices, community service and mandatory enrollment in alcohol education programs are all assigned with more regularity than they used to be. Some must give up their vehicles or have their licenses suspended.

Sentencing in a DUI case can depend on factors like DUI record and criminal history, whether a DUI caused injury or death, specific circumstances and other factors.

It's important to remember that the DUI conviction rates in your state won't have a bearing on your case. Each DUI case is different, and there are steps you can take to protect your rights and defend yourself. For a free case evaluation with a local DUI lawyer, simply complete the free form on this page to connect today.

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