New York considers driving under the influence to be a serious offense. If authorities charge you with drunk driving and you wind up with a conviction, it may hurt you personally, professionally and financially. Leandra’s Law, which took effect in August of 2010, stiffens the penalties you face when you receive a drunk driving conviction in New York.
According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Leandra’s Law dictates that, once you receive a conviction for driving under the influence, you must install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
Ignition interlock requirements
An ignition interlock device prevents a vehicle from starting until you produce a sufficient breath sample. Unless you the court tells you otherwise, you must keep the device on your vehicle and any other car or truck you drive for at least one year. There are costs associated with installing and maintaining the device, and they are your responsibility. You also must install the device on your car within a specific timeframe from the date of your sentencing.
The ignition interlock license restriction
Another aspect of Leandra’s Law dictates that you must have an ignition interlock license restriction that appears on your driver’s license. If authorities find you driving a vehicle without the device while your license has this restriction, you may face up to a year behind bars.
If someone allows you to drive his or her vehicle that lacks an ignition interlock device with knowledge of your restricted license, this party, too, may face misdemeanor charges. He or she may also face up to a year in jail.