Is There Such a Thing as DUI Quotas?

Posted on May 16, 2018

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You have probably heard of the conspiracy theory, that police officers have DUI quotas that they need to me. But is it true?

DUI Quotas

For many years, there have been accusations of police officers needing to meet a DUI quota, meaning they have to have a certain number of driving under the influence arrests each month. Of course, police departments have denied this accusation, but others have said they have evidence to support this claim.

In fact, some previous troopers have said that they had DUI quotas to meet and if they failed to do so, they would face punishment. They also have provided emails from the department talking about a quota system for DUI arrests.

Issue at Hand

If there is a thing such a DUI quota, it could raise many questions and issues. The neutrality of officers while conducting DUI investigations could be put in question if they are likely to make an arrest that is borderline just to meet their quota. Also, if they are under pressure to reach a certain amount of DUI arrests, they could exaggerate or fabricate details about the case to justify the arrest.


If you have been arrested for a DUI, the Department of Motor Vehicle will be required to issue a suspension on your license. It depends on the state laws and if this is your first offense, but you could even face jail time and additional court fees. A DUI arrest might even affect any professional license that you may have. You should always speak with an attorney as soon as you have been arrested so they can start on the case.