DUI arrests in Volusia County and Daytona Beach have been decreasing over the years. It has not been a straight decline but it has been a downward trend. DUI arrests in Volusia County peaked in 2008 with 2600 arrests. The 2016 arrest total is the lowest since records have been available online at the DHSMV website. Records have been available since 2003. The fact that less people have been arrested is meaningless if you have been arrested for a Daytona Beach DUI. The reality is that the number of misdemeanor prosecutors in Volusia County has not changed. If you are arrested in the Daytona Beach area you will need a Daytona Beach DUI attorney. Each misdemeanor prosecutor is now handling around 100 DUI cases per year. In 2008 the 12 misdemeanor prosecutors handled nearly 2600 DUI cases or over 200 a year.
Not all DUI cases are misdemeanors so it is not as simple as dividing the total number by the number of prosecutors. Most DUI cases will be resolved in county court. Many third within 10 cases and fourth DUI cases will be filed as a misdemeanor even though they are felony eligible. Some felony eligible cases will be filed as felony cases and serious bodily injury and death cases will also be handled in felony court. Some DUI cases are also attached to a fleeing and eluding, felony drug possession, resisting with violence or other felonies.
The bottom line is if you are arrested for a DUI in Volusia County you need an experienced DUI defense attorney. The DUI case load is lower per prosecutor giving them more time to focus on each case. When I worked as a prosecutor in Daytona Beach DUI cases were the most time consuming for a misdemeanor prosecutor. Driving on a suspended license cases have also decreased and most prosecutors tend to be less aggressive on misdemeanor marijuana cases as public opinion changes. This does not mean that a DUI case cannot be defended. It is just less likely that a DUI will be reduced because a prosecutor is unable to focus the time on a case.
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