When most people think of the term "felony DUI," they probably think of multiple DUIs on a person's driving record. That's because here in New York, as well as in other states, successive DUI convictions are treated as felonies, meaning steeper penalties for those who are accused. But here in New York, this isn't the only way in which a person could face a felony DUI charge.
An arrest for alleged drunk driving is not something that should be taken lightly. If the authorities allege aggravating circumstances, as might be allowed under the provisions of New York's Leandra's Law, the implications become even more serious. Consulting with an attorney is recommended in either case to be sure you know your rights.
When drivers are found guilty of driving while under the influence in New York, even for a first misdemeanor offense, they must pay for the installation and maintenance of an interlock device. The state's Ignition Interlock Program requires the driver to provide a breathe sample before the engine will start. The device often includes a camera to provide photographic evidence of who is giving the sample.