Some of my clients express their concerns about how many drinks would prevent them from driving their children home. Leandra’s Law, also known as the Child Passenger Protection Act, is a law that was passed as a result of an 11-year-old girl who was killed in a drunk driving accident back in 2009. The law is designed to protect or give added protection to children who might be in vehicles with adult drivers who have had too much to drink.
Leandra’s Law makes it an automatic felony for someone to be drinking and driving with a minor in the car. If a driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of at least 0.08 and there is a passenger in the vehicle who is 15 years old or younger, the driver will face criminal charges. If you are at a party, you should not have that extra drink if you have your children present; driving them home afterwards can result in a serious felony charge. This will adversely impact your employment, your entire family, and the safety of the community.
If you’ve been arrested for a DWI under Leandra’s Law, you need experienced legal counsel to ensure your rights are protected. Contact Chiacchia & Fleming today to schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced Buffalo DWI Lawyer today.