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Understanding Leandra’s Law and how it impacts DWI penalties

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Leandra’s Law, enacted in New York in 2009, imposes strict penalties for those convicted of Driving While Intoxicated offenses involving a child passenger under the age of 16. Violations can lead to severe consequences that impact driving privileges and legal status.

By exploring the details of Leandra’s Law and its ramifications, individuals can gain clarity on what it means and whether it applies to their situation.

Mandatory ignition interlock device installation

A key provision of Leandra’s Law is the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device for those convicted of DWI offenses involving a child passenger. This requirement applies to first-time offenders. It also applies to repeat offenders and entails the installation of an IID in any vehicle owned or operated by the individual. The IID prevents the vehicle from starting if there is alcohol in the driver’s system. In doing so, it reduces the risk of repeat offenses.

Impact on driving privileges and legal status

For those facing DWI charges, Leandra’s Law can have significant implications for their driving privileges and legal status. Drivers may face fines, license suspension or revocation, and mandatory participation in alcohol treatment programs. Failure to meet the requirements of Leandra’s Law can result in further penalties. Extended license suspensions and imprisonment are both possible.

Leandra’s Law serves as a deterrent against drunk driving. It also acts as a means of educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving, especially with children present. By raising awareness and imposing strict penalties for drinking and driving, the law aims to prevent tragedies and protect lives.