Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Call For Tougher Legislation for New York's DWI Prosecution

Tougher DWI Legislation

For years, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers MADD has pushed for tougher legislation nationwide Driving While Intoxicated (DWI/DUI).  They have been recently quoted as saying New York's strict DWI laws are "the gold standard" for other states to follow.

Last week reported that some activist state the New York’s DWI laws don’t go far enough to discourage and prosecute offenders.

More than a year ago, the legislature enacted Leandra’s Law.  This law, in essence, requires anyone convicted in town court or criminal court of DWI to install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle. An ignition interlock device requires a driver to give a breath sample before their vehicle will start thereby ensuring the driver’s sobriety.

Recent audits, in Staten Island in particular, have indicated that DWI offenders are using a loophole in the law to avoid the installation of an interlock device.  The loophole includes the selling of the offender’s car to a family member.

A study revealed only one out of five DWI offenders in New York City had the device installed after receiving "a conditional discharge between August 2010 and September 30 of this year."

In light of the tougher DWI laws, you should consider retaining our firm to help you fight your charges.  Our attorneys have over 25 years of combined legal experience.  We are strategically located to represent drivers throughout New York State.  Call us and ask how we can help.  We can be reached at 914-723-7900.

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