We recently reported on the passage of “Leandra’s Law”, by which any motorist charged with a New York DWI with a child in the car under the age of 15 will be facing felony charges, even on a first offense. This past Saturday, Paul Amay, a 24 year old Mahopac resident, was arrested on a New York drunk driving charge with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .29, almost 4 times the legal limit of 0.08. Mr. Amay’s 5 year old son was in the back seat, not restrained in a car seat.
Initially, Mr. Amay was charged with Misdemeanor DWI and child endangerment. However, the Westchester District Attorney’s Office is considering raising the Misdemeanor DWI to a Felony DWI pursuant to the new law. Mr. Amay is incarcerated in the Westchester County jail on $50,000 bail, and is due back in Ossining Village Court on December 1, 2009. If Mr. Amay’s DWI charge is raised to a felony DWI, the case will automatically be transferred to the County Court as Village Courts do not have jurisdiction in felony cases.
Contact the Westchester County Drunk Driving Lawyers at The Law Office Of Mark A. Siesel online or toll free at (914) 428-7386 if you have been charged with any New York drunk driving offense for a free consulation to discuss your rights and legal options.