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DUI Conviction Statistics

Posted by Mark Garka | Jul 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Innocent until proven guilty” is one of the many mottos of the American justice system, but it doesn't always hold in real-life scenarios. This is especially true when people are talking about those who are accused of driving while under the influence (DUI). However, the Law Office of Mark Garka is here to change that perception by examining several DUI conviction statistics.

DUI Conviction Statistics & What They Mean

A writer found several different statistics concerning DUI conviction rates.

Here are some of the highlights from the article:

  • In 2006 in California, 90% of DUI arrests ended in some form of a conviction;
  • In a general article that reviewed the number of DUI-related convictions in various counties across the United States, percentages ranged from 63 to 95.
  • Rhode Island cites a rate of about 67%.

Based on the data from above, we can assume that an average of 1 in 5 people who are charged with a DUI will get off with no charges. However, a conviction of some kind does not necessitate a DUI conviction.

A Conviction May Not Be DUI-Related

In the data stated above, conviction rates are not necessarily DUI convictions. In some states, a DUI conviction can be reduced to other penalties like reckless driving. Therefore, if an experienced DUI attorney got someone's charges reduced from a DUI to a lesser charge in the above examples, it would still count as a “conviction” even though it's a better conviction than a DUI.

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About the Author

Mark Garka

Mark is a solo-practitioner who limits his practice to DUI Defense. During Law School, he worked in the Juvenile Division for the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and he also worked in the Corrections Division at the Attorney General's Office. After completing his degree, he clerked...


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