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Woman faces DUI charges with children in the car

Anytime you drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, you may be charged with drunk driving in the state of New York. However, driving with a child in the car while intoxicated can result in even more serious charges, especially if the child is injured or killed.

For example, according to a New York law referred to as "Leandra's Law," it is a felony to operate a vehicle under the influence with a minor under the age of 16. First time offenders can face a Class E felony and up to four years in jail, as well as other serious consequences. If the minor under 16 suffers serious injuries as a result of your intoxication behind the wheel, you could face class C felony charges and be sentenced to a maximum of15 years in jail. If a minor under 16 dies because of your intoxicated driving, you could be charged with a class B felony charges and face up to 20 years in jail.

A New York woman was recently charged with two counts of Leandra's Law, or aggravated drunk driving with a child in the car, after allegedly driving while intoxicated with two children in the vehicle, a 3-year-old and 10-month old. The woman was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a DWI. According to police, the woman exhibited signs of intoxication during a traffic stop, such as bloodshot, glassy eyes, smelling of alcohol, and slurring her speech.

Drunk driving charges can result in serious penalties, especially if they are aggravated charges. A criminal defense attorney can help minimize the consequences you face, or even get your charges dropped completely.

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