Older jurors tend to convict more often in Orlando DUI cases. If you've been arrested for an Orlando DUI, call (407) DUI-HELP

Older Jurors Tend to Convict More Often in Orlando DUI Cases

Older jurors tend to convict more often in Orlando DUI cases. If you've been arrested for an Orlando DUI, call (407) DUI-HELP

Older jurors tend to convict more often in Orlando DUI cases.

Not every Orlando DUI case goes to trial, but sometimes, the only way to get the result that you want is to set the case for a jury trial.

If you set your drunk driving case for trial, one of the most important factors affecting the outcome will be the makeup of the jury. Any experienced Orlando DUI lawyer will tell you that bad cases can be won (and good cases can be lost) based on the results from jury selection.

But who are the best jurors for an Orlando drunk driving case?

It might be easier to describe who are the worst jurors. And the evidence is pretty clear – older jurors tend to convict more often than younger jurors.

This isn’t just lawyer speculation – the evidence supports it. A study of more than 700+ felony jury trials conducted right here in Florida showed that elderly jurors are more likely to convict someone accused of a crime.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

  • If the average age of the jury pool was over 50 years old, the jury convicts at a rate of 79%.
  • If the average age of the jury pool is less than 50 years old, the conviction rate drops to 68%

That means older jurors convict almost 16% more often than younger jurors!

Remember that this doesn’t mean you should automatically strike any juror over age 50. Any generalization about picking jurors like that is just dumb. If your DUI attorney forgoes their responsibility and just relies upon a checklist when deciding which jurors to strike, you should demand that they refund your fee.

Here in Florida, we tend to have older juror pools for our Driving Under the Influence cases. And while some older jurors may be perfect jurors for the defense in a DUI case, no DUI attorney can afford to ignore this data when selecting an Orlando DUI jury.

  • The Role of Age in Jury Selection and Trial Outcomes
    The Role of Age in Jury Selection and Trial Outcomes

    This paper uses data from 700 felony trials in Sarasota and Lake Counties in Florida from 2000-2010 to examine the role of age in jury selection and trial outcomes. The results imply that prosecutors are more likely to use their peremptory challenges to exclude younger members of the jury pool, while defense attorneys exclude older potential jurors. Consistent with the jury selection patterns, the empirical evidence implies that older jurors are significantly more likely to convict.

If you’ve been arrested for an Orlando DUI…
Make sure that the Orlando DUI lawyer you’re speaking with has significant jury experience. Orlando DUI attorney Elliott Wilcox has tried more than 200 jury trials to verdict, and has invested more than 10,000 hours in the courtroom. To speak with Elliott about your case, please call (407) DUI-HELP

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Elliott Wilcox

Orlando DUI lawyer Elliott Wilcox isn't just a former DUI prosecutor… He's the one who TRAINED all of the DUI prosecutors! Elliott dedicates 100% of his practice to DUI defense. If you've been arrested for an Orlando DUI, call Elliott for help at (407) DUI-HELP.