New York DWI / DUI Arrest & Convictions: Collateral Consequences – Mandatory Ignition Interlock

Leandra’s Law in New York has made the consequences of a misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated (DWI or DUI) conviction that much more severe. If it wasn’t clear that prosecutors and judges in New York have had a zero or minimal tolerance policy for the crimes of Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) 1192, Leandra’s Law has done away with those questions. As of August 15, 2010, anyone convicted of a DWI misdemeanor not only faces the potential fines, programs and other penalties, but now one must place a mandatory ignition interlocking device on one’s car for at least six months.

The ignition interlock device required by Leandra’s law must be blown into prior to the car starting. Moreover, at random times during the vehicle’s operation, the device requires a sampling to prevent the vehicle from shutting down. It is interesting to note that not only must the individual convicted of New York DWI / DUI (VTL 1192) have this device placed in their vehicle, but they are not permitted to drive other vehicles that do not have the apparatus set up. In the event you do so or tamper with the interlock device, you will face new and additional misdemeanor charges.

For extensive information on New York DWI / DUI laws as well as statutes and legal decisions, please follow the appropriate link above to the DWI section of Saland Law PCs website.

Former Manhattan prosecutors, the New York DWI criminal defense lawyers at Saland Law PC serve clients throughout the New York city and metropolitan area.

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