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DWI Gets Worse with Minors in the Car

By Hochheiser & Hochheiser LLP  Feb. 21, 2013 11:40a

A father who was driving drunk on the Long Island Expressway with his two children in the car was arrested for DWI with aggravated charges this month. His children are aged 12 and 14. The older one called 911 to report that she thought her father was drunk. In an incident occurring a few days earlier, another man from Long Island was also arrested for a felony DWI under Leandra's Law after crashing his vehicle into a pole with a 15 year-old boy in the car at the time. In addition to the DWI, the man was also charged with child endangerment.

Leandra's Law was passed in New York State in 2009, making it an automatic felony to drive while intoxicated with a minor aged 15 or under in the vehicle. Those convicted of such an offense may be sentenced to prison for up to four years as well as face fines of $1,000 up to $5,000. In many cases, an ignition interlock device is required for up to six months once driving privileges are restored. An automatic license suspension for a minimum of one year is another penalty along with being reported to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Those with a blood alcohol (BAC) level of .08 percent face DWI charges while those with a lower BAC who demonstrate impairment may be charged with a DWAI, driving while ability impaired, in New York.

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