County Attorney Newsroom
DUI Conviction Rate 2006
Monday January 8, 2007
Metro DUI Conviction Rate Averaged 95% for 2006: Among Highest in Nation
Irv Maze, Jefferson County Attorney, announced today that the conviction rate for Driving Under the Influence averaged 95% for 2006 in Metro Louisville. This is the highest conviction rate in recent history, and an increase of 3% over last year’s DUI conviction average in Jefferson District Court.
From January 1 through December 31, 2006, Assistant County Attorneys prosecuted 3,297 DUI cases. Of those cases, 3,125 cases resulted in convictions. The remaining 121 charges were amended and 51 cases were dismissed.
“I am very pleased by these results, and by the hard work of my DUI prosecutors to make them a reality,” said Maze.
Seven full-time assistant county attorneys and three victim advocates prosecute DUI offenses. Since formation of the DUI Prosecution Unit in 2001, conviction rates have risen steadily to today’s level.
“Driving under the influence is not a ‘Right of Passage’ or ‘just one of those things people do.’ It’s a serious crime with potentially devastating consequences. This 95% conviction rate is a sign that our community and our culture understands this fact and wants driving under the influence to stop,” Maze said.