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Los Angeles DUI by Age Group: Ages 21 to 40

Los Angeles DUI by Age Group: Ages 21 to 40

The age group that gets charged with DUI offenses the most in Los Angeles is drivers between 21 and 40 years old[1]. This isn’t too surprising, since 21 is the legal drinking age in the U.S. Once people turn 21, many start regularly going to bars and parties where alcohol is served. With more opportunities to drink comes more chances of driving while intoxicated.

While DUI can happen at any age, data shows that younger drivers are more likely to drive drunk. According to the NHTSA, 27% of drunk drivers in fatal crashes are ages 21-24, and another 25% are ages 25-34[3].

Why Younger Drivers Are More At Risk

There are a few key reasons why younger drivers ages 21-40 get charged with DUI at higher rates than other age groups:

  • Less driving experience – Younger drivers have less experience behind the wheel, making them more likely to make poor judgments while impaired.
  • Peer pressure – People in their 20s and 30s are more likely to experience peer pressure to drink excessively and drive drunk after a party.
  • Brain development – The prefrontal cortex, which controls reasoning and impulses, is not fully developed until around age 25. This affects judgment.
  • Overconfidence – Younger drivers tend to be more overconfident in their driving abilities, leading them to think they can drive safely while drunk.

Consequences of a DUI for 21-40 Year Olds

A DUI charge can completely derail a young person’s life. Here are some of the consequences 21-40 year olds in LA face if convicted of DUI:

  • Jail time – First offenses carry a minimum of 96 hours in jail, and additional penalties for each subsequent offense.
  • Fines – First offenses incur fines of $390-$1,000 plus penalties.
  • License suspension – A driver’s license is suspended for 6-10 months for first offenses.
  • Ignition interlock – Most offenders must install this expensive breathalyzer device in their car.
  • Probation – DUI probation lasts 3-5 years and has strict rules against drinking.
  • Court programs – Offenders must complete DUI schools, treatment programs, and more.

Beyond the criminal penalties, a DUI also brings social consequences. Many offenders lose their jobs or have trouble finding work in the future, especially in careers like medicine or education. DUIs also make it much harder and more expensive to get car insurance.

Defenses Against DUI Charges

While the evidence may seem stacked against defendants, there are defenses a skilled DUI lawyer can use to fight the charges. Here are some common defenses:

  • Illegal traffic stop – If the officer didn’t have probable cause to pull the driver over, evidence can be thrown out.
  • Faulty breathalyzer – These machines aren’t always calibrated or administered properly.[4]
  • Rising blood alcohol level – The driver’s BAC may have been under .08% when driving but rose later before testing.
  • Medical conditions – Some conditions like diabetes mimic signs of intoxication during field sobriety tests.
  • Involuntary intoxication – The driver unknowingly ingested alcohol or drugs before driving.

An experienced DUI attorney will carefully examine the arrest details to spot issues with the prosecution’s case. For example, they may find the officer didn’t read the defendant their rights or let them call an attorney.

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How Lawyers Help Those Facing DUI Charges

Being arrested for DUI can be scary, but a lawyer can guide drivers through the complex legal process. Attorneys help in several key ways:

  • Analyze the arrest reports and evidence for any constitutional violations, procedural errors, or ways to suppress evidence.
  • Negotiate with the prosecutor for reduced charges or diversion programs to avoid a conviction.
  • Present persuasive defenses in court to beat the charges altogether.
  • Argue for lighter sentencing if a conviction can’t be avoided.
  • Handle license suspension hearings to get driving privileges restored quickly.
  • Connect clients with resources like alcohol education programs and support groups.

When facing DUI charges, it’s critical to have an advocate in your corner. An attorney levels the playing field against the prosecution and gives defendants the best chance at a positive outcome.

How to Avoid DUI Charges

The best way for drivers 21-40 to avoid a DUI is simply not to drive after drinking. However, many don’t think about the risks before getting behind the wheel buzzed. Here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Always designate a sober driver when drinking at parties, bars, concerts, etc.
  • Call a rideshare service or taxi to get home – it’s cheaper than a DUI!
  • If you feel even slightly impaired, don’t drive. Wait until your BAC is definitively 0%.
  • Eat food and drink water while consuming alcohol to slow absorption.
  • Never let friends drive drunk – take their keys and call them a ride.

Following these simple steps can save lives and futures. Don’t become another DUI statistic.

The Bottom Line

Drivers 21-40 in Los Angeles need to be especially vigilant about drinking and driving. A DUI conviction can derail everything from education to careers. But working with an experienced attorney can help secure the best possible outcome – maybe even avoiding charges altogether. Be smart, don’t drink and drive, but if you’re facing charges, fight back.


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