Have you been accused of drunk driving with a child in your car? You are likely feeling panicked about what this could mean for your future. The penalties can change your life forever. Our Long Island criminal lawyer can help you explore the possibility of Leandra’s law plea bargain. Call to set up a consultation to learn more.
Why Should I Plead Guilty?
If you are charged with a DWI with a minor in the car, it is a felony charge. However, in NYS, more and more people are going for Leandra’s law plea bargain to avoid getting a felony charge. You can possibly have a misdemeanor charge when you go for a plea bargain.
That means that you do not have to face the additional ramifications of what it would mean to be a registered felon in the state of New York.
If this is the first time you are charged with DWI with a minor in the car, you are looking at 1-4 years of prison. This is a Class E felony. You will also have a suspended license.
If you were in an accident with a minor and they are killed, then the penalties for that DWI increase. This is a Class B felony. If you are convicted of this, you are going to going to be going to prison for up to 25 years.
If the child in the car is caused bodily harm but survives, then you can go to prison for up to 15 years. This is a Class C felony.
When you go for the plea bargain, the penalties drop to a misdemeanor which means fewer penalties. You will also be sent to a treatment program.
The idea of allowing people to plea bargain away from a felony charge is to help drivers to rehab. It is a second chance. You have this opportunity to change your driving behaviors to become a safer individual on the road.
The Treatment Program
If we can successfully get you Leandra’s law plea bargain, you will be sent through this treatment program. It is a very successful program that is designed to target the underlying issue of why people drink and drive.
It is not designed to punish you. It is designed to improve your life when you’re finished. We like to give people this opportunity to rehab their lives instead of facing a great portion of their life in prison.
If you are in a position where you are afraid that you are going to end up in jail for years and then face the ramifications of becoming a felon after, we want to talk you through the possibility of a plea bargain.
Call Our Office Today
If you have been accused of drinking and driving with a child in the car, we urge you to get in touch with our Long Island criminal lawyer. Do not hesitate to reach out to us as soon as possible. You are facing something that could potentially ruin your life. Call today to set up your consultation.