There is a wide variety in conviction rates for DUI throughout the state of Florida, from 100% in some small counties to only 32% in other areas. Some counties are very aggressive in the prosecution of DUIs and some are more willing to reduce or dismiss charges.  The following is a chart taken from FDLE data.  It tells the number of arrests in each county for 2016 and the percentage  of people convicted in that same year.*

COUNTY CONVICTION PERCENTAGE # ARRESTS
Alachua 75% 623
Baker 80% 63
Bay 97% 640
Bradford 92% 63
Brevard 81% 1,618
Broward 47% 34
Calhoun 71% 26
Charlotte 91% 429
Citrus 96% 149
Clay 92% 179
Collier 75% 1,214
Columbia 90% 133
Desoto 100% 34
Dixie 81% 22
Duval 81% 2,997
Escambia 88% 769
Flagler 88% 247
Gadsden 83% 113
Gilchrist 86% 18
Glades 71% 34
Gulf 88% 19
Hamilton 81% 46
Hardee 88% 35
Hendry 86% 154
Hernando 76% 333
Highlands 96% 112
Hillsborough 85% 4,843
Holmes 83% 29
Indian River 85% 331
Jackson 94% 83
Jefferson 90% 54
Lafayette 100% 11
Lake 92% 400
Lee 62% 2,429
Leon 49% 712
Levy 94% 79
Liberty 89% 11
Madison 72% 62
Manatee 93% 613
Marion 81% 666
Martin 79% 853
Miami-Dade 32% 3,156
Monroe 78% 395
Nassau 76% 208
Okaloosa 95% 639
Okeechobee 80% 99
Orange 68% 2,318
Osceola 79% 608
Palm Beach 55% 2,381
Pasco 78% 1,055
Pinellas 92% 3,073
Polk 95% 775
Putnam 67% 84
Santa Rosa 91% 583
Sarasota 96% 1,040
Seminole 79% 652
St. Johns 76% 361
St. Lucie 91% 543
Sumter 99% 119
Suwannee 87% 59
Taylor 84% 58
Union 71% 26
Volusia 75% 1,378
Wakulla 81% 61
Walton 96% 157
Washington 70% 18

*While these number are pretty close, they are not exact.  The numbers reflect the number of arrests and number of convictions that occurred in 2016. So, some of the convictions are for cases that occurred in 2015. And some of the cases in 2016 were not resolved in the same year. But as arrest numbers have remained fairly steady, this should not skew the results.

What the FDLE data does not show is how many DUI cases were reduced to Reckless Driving.

As you would expect, recent analysis in select Florida Counties shows that hiring a lawyer greatly enhances your chances of having your case dismissed or reduced to Reckless Driving.

We are a data driven law firm. We know what facts make these numbers go up and down. We know how to increase your chances for a better resolution.  Give us a call to discuss your particular case.