What is Leandra’s Law?

Driving while intoxicated in New York is a serious crime and the state is doing what it can to crack down on those who violate these laws. One of the laws that the state put in place to control drunk driving is known as Leandra’s Law. This law was enacted upon the death of an eleven year old girl named Leandra who was killed in an accident when her friend’s mother was driving while intoxicated. Violations of Leandra’s Law are considered Class E felonies.

Now, any person who drinks and drives with a child under the age of 15 faces serious charges. Upon the license restoration of the person who was convicted, they will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car. This device requires the driver to take a chemical breathalyzer test each and every time they try to start their car. If the breath test reveals that you have a blood alcohol content of 0.025 percent or higher, the car will not start and will sound a loud alarm within the car. The device records each breath test and will know if you had another person in the car take the test.

If you are charged with a violation of Leandra’s Law, you will require an experienced criminal defense attorney who can assist you in your case.

If you are in need of experienced legal counsel, please contact Penichet & Alberga LLP and we will be happy to assist you in your family and criminal law matters.