What are the consequences of a Leandra’s Law violation?

In New York, the consequences of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in a vehicle with a minor who is 15 years old or younger are among the most severe in the nation. Drivers charged under Leandra’s Law automatically face a felony charge. Potential penalties include a loss of driving privileges, fines and a lengthy prison sentence.

The length of the prison sentence depends on how the felony offense is classified. The punishment is four years in state prison if the driver is a first-time offender and the child is unharmed. A person can face up to 15 years behind bars if the child is injured and up to 25 years if the child is killed.

A Leandra’s Law DWI conviction carries a fine of between $1000 to $5000. The offender will also be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for a minimum of six months. In addition, police must submit a report to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment if the driver is the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Due to the harsh penalties involved with a DWI conviction under Leandra’s Law, seeking a skilled criminal defense attorney is vital. Brill Legal Group can help you fight the charges and try to keep you out of prison. Contact us to learn more.

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