How "Leandra's Law" can affect your DWI conviction

In August 2010, a new law went into effect throughout New York state which enhanced the penalties for some individuals convicted of DWI. The law is named for an 11-year-old girl who perished after a vehicle being driven by an intoxicated family friend became involved in an accident.

Called, "Leandra's Law," the new provision to the Vehicle and Traffic Law requires that judges can now order individuals convicted of DWI on or after Aug. 15, 2010 to install ignition interlock devices onto any vehicle they own or operate. Additionally, the law created a new class E felony that prohibits anyone from using drugs or alcohol to the point of impairment while operating a motor vehicle with an occupant age 15 years old or younger.

The ignition interlock requirement of the law is somewhat unique in its implementation. An IID connects to the vehicle's motor and stops its operation if a driver's blood alcohol concentration level is beyond acceptable standards. The law mandates that judges order the IID in cases involving individuals convicted of aggravated DWI/child in vehicle or aggravated DWI/driving with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or more. Additionally, the person convicted of DWI must also cover the costs of the IID installation and maintain the device on their vehicle for at least 12 months in most cases.

The attorneys at our law firm have over 30 years of combined legal experience providing legal services for New York residents throughout the Hudson Bay area including Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties. We understand that a DWI conviction can have serious long-term financial consequences for both your personal and professional lives.

That's why we work hard for our clients every step of the way. Whether we are needed to represent you at an administrative DMV hearing or to argue the merits of your case at trial. We are committed to providing our clients with experienced, aggressive criminal defense advocacy.

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