DUI Charges for Different Age Groups
Learn More From Our Attorney About How Age Affects Your DUI Case
It’s no secret, driving under the influence (DUI) can have severe consequences. However, you may not know that the factors
which can affect a DUI case can vary substantially based on a person’s
age group. For example, two people aged 21 and 60 may be judged against
the same rubric during a field sobriety test, despite differences in physical
fitness and ability.
After an arrest for DUI, the caliber of attorney you choose to represent
you can play a critical role in the success of your case. I am a Miami
lawyer with more than 30 years of experience protecting clients in your
situation and I belong to the National College of DUI Defense. My legal
team and I understand that every last detail, including your age, must
be factored into your defense.
Considerations for those in different DUI age groups can include:
Under 21 DUI: Perhaps the most striking difference for those under the age of 21 is that
drivers cannot have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02% or higher (the
BAC limit is .08% for drivers over 21). Underage drinking is prohibited
and intoxicated drivers 21 or younger can face additional penalties such
as charges for a minor in possession of alcohol.
21-40 DUI: Drivers within this age group are estimated to make up the majority of
DUI stops and arrests. Issues of driver profiling and probable cause can
often be central points of dispute in these cases. Additionally, a DUI
conviction can have devastating effects on a person’s career, especially
for those who drive for a living or possess professional licenses. Those
who are still in school may lose their eligibility for school programs
40-60 DUI: Many times, drivers who are charged with DUI are initially pulled over
for an unrelated offense such as expired tags or a broken tail light.
Even if a driver has had a drink that night, it doesn’t necessarily
mean they are legally impaired. It is not against the law to be on the
road with a BAC at .07% or below. Drivers in this age group may also have
to worry about factors such as inaccurate field sobriety tests.
60 and older DUI: Sobriety tests may be less than accurate for any age group; however, they
can be especially troublesome for those 60 and above. While these tests
are meant to gauge for signs of intoxication, numerous factors can obscure
results or register as false positives. For example, an injury or disability
could prevent an older motorist from completing a test to an officers
standards. Despite this fact, without a proper legal defense, an officer
may attempt to use the results of a sobriety test against a defendant in court.
In any DUI case, time is not on your side. You may have as little as 10
days in which to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV) and contest the suspension or revocation of your driver’s
license. I can help you fight both the criminal and administrative penalties
stemming from a DUI charge.
Get Defense for Your DUI Case
Regardless of what age group you fall into, if you have been charged with
driving under the influence, my firm can work tirelessly to uphold your
rights and protect your freedom. As an experienced Miami lawyer, I can
examine every aspect of your case to maximize the strength of your defense.
Did the arresting officer possess probable cause? Was there a mistake
made during the administration of a field sobriety test? Contact my office
today and together we can construct a hard-hitting defense.
There is no time to waste. Request a free one-on-one consultation today
and speak to my firm about your case.