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New York Leandra's Law

A New York Leandra’s Law Lawyer can explain what this law means in the state of New York. This law provides enhanced punishments for Driving While Intoxicated with children in the car. The law also provides that anyone convicted of a DWI offense have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in his or her vehicle. If you have been charged with a DWI, and if you had children in the car, you could be facing serious penalties. It is important to speak with a New York DWI Lawyer from our team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for advice and legal guidance.

Leandra’s Law was enacted when a tragic death of an 11-year-old Leandra Rosado was killed in a drunk driving accident. This law, which went into effect in August of 2010, created a new type of Aggravated DUI, specifically created when someone is driving while intoxicated with a child under 16 years old in the car. This offense is a class E felony and is punishable by a maximum of 4 years in prison. Causing death to a child under the age of 16 while in a vehicle is a class B felony, which is punishable by 25 years in prison. Any incident involving a Leandra Law violation is also reported to the New York Child Abuse Registry.

Another provision of Leandra’s Law came into effect later. Anyone who is convicted of a DWI, whether a misdemeanor or a felony must have an Ignition Interlock Device installed for a minimum of 6 months following a DWI conviction. You will most likely be required to pay for the device, and this fee is charged in addition to any other fines imposed. This device will require you to take a chemical breath test before you can start your car. If you are caught trying to avoid taking the test (or have someone drive your car for you), you can also be charged with an additional misdemeanor.

If you have been charged with a DUI, which includes penalty enhancements for a Leandra’s Law violation, you could be facing serious consequences. It is important to obtain the guidance of a qualified New York Drunk Driving Attorney as early on in the process as possible. Contact the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for advice and guidance. Whether you have been charged with a DWI, DWAI or even an Aggravated DWI, we can help. When you come in, we can provide you with a free consultation and guidance. We have offices serving New York City, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. We also serve Westchester County too. Or visit us in Nassau County or Suffolk County on Long Island. Contact us today to make your appointment at 800.696.9529.