DWI With A Child Passenger
Recent New York legislation created a new drunk driving felony—DWI with a child under 16 in the vehicle. Even a first offense can be charged and punished as a felony under what is known as Leandra’s Law. To learn about your defense alternatives if you have been arrested for endangering the welfare of a child through drunk driving, contact an attorney at Greenspan & Greenspan P.C. in White Plains or New City.
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We represent people facing serious drunk driving charges in Westchester and Rockland counties and throughout the lower Hudson Valley. In a case of child endangerment related to drunk driving, our lawyers will explore the full range of your options. Our White Plains DWI with child lawyers review the evidence related to the traffic stop and the arrest to determine if we can successfully file a motion to suppress the evidence at trial.
In many cases, your defense will focus on preventing the worst potential consequences of a conviction. For a first offender, the sentencing range is a prison term of one to four years, a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, and a mandatory driver’s license revocation of at least one year.
A skilled defense attorney can do a great deal to help keep the sanctions for a conviction toward the lower end of this range. At Greenspan & Greenspan P.C., we use our experience on sentencing issues to make sure that the court takes into account the favorable aspects of your record as well as the evidence of the offense charged.
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You can run afoul of Leandra’s Law even with a blood alcohol reading below .08 percent if you are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. DWAI-Drugs with a child passenger can be charged and punished the same as DWI. If you are charged with DWI or DWAI while endangering the welfare of a child under 16, contact Greenspan & Greenspan P.C. for a free telephone consultation in White Plains or New City.