Understanding Leandra’s Law

Signed into law on November 18, 2009, Leandra’s Law was enacted in honor of Leandra Rosado, an 11-year old killed while she rode in a vehicle with her intoxicated mother. Leandra’s Law creates harsher penalties against motorists who drink and drive while transporting children.

Signed into law on November 18, 2009, Leandra’s Law was enacted in honor of Leandra Rosado, an 11-year old killed while she rode in a vehicle with her intoxicated mother. Leandra’s Law creates harsher penalties against motorists who drink and drive while transporting children.

Leandra’s Law makes it a felony to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs while a child who is 15 years or younger is present in the vehicle.

If convicted under Leandra’s Law, Defendants face a prison sentence of 1-1/3 to 4 years and a fine of up to $5000. In addition, the individual will be reported to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and his/her license will be suspended for a minimum of twelve months.

A DWI conviction can have serious repercussions on both your personal and professional life. If you have been arrested for a DWI, it is important you contact an experienced New York criminal defense attorney immediately. Contact McGuire & Pelaez P.C. today at (631) 348-1702.

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