When someone in Staten Island is arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, he or she may not realize just how serious of a charge this is. If convicted, even if it is or her first offense, he or she will be facing serious inconveniences and expensive consequences.
It really shouldn't be much of a surprise, as New York has some of the harshest drunk driving laws in the country. One of the reasons why they are so harsh has been the passage of Leandra's Law in December 2009. This law, which has been primarily used to punish drunk drivers more severely if there are any children under the age of 16 in the vehicle, was named after an 11-year-old girl who died following a Manhattan drunk driving crash.