Manhattan Man Arrested for DWI with Two Kids in SUV
July 5, 2013
by Dana Klosner
(New York, NY) State Troopers arrested Vince V. Mojica 26, of Manhattan for drunk driving last night. He was stopped in his 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck for failure to maintain his lane on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills.
There were 2 children in the SUV under the age of 16, making the DWI charge a Leandra’s Law arrest. Leandra’s Law is a New York State law making it an automatic felony on the first offense to drive drunk with a person age 15 or younger inside the vehicle and setting the blood alcohol content at 0.08. This law was enacted after Leandra Rosado, an 11 year old girl, was killed on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York City on October 11, 2009 when her friend’s mother, Carmen Huertas, flipped the car they were in while under the influence of alcohol. Six other children were also injured during the incident.
Under Leandra’s Law an individual will automatically be charged with a class D felony. Defendants convicted face a prison sentence of up to four years and a fine of $1000–$5000. The installation of a mandatory ignition interlock device for a term of at least six months is also an expected provision of sentencing. Additionally, licenses are automatically suspended pending prosecution and once proven guilty, the person will be reported to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and his/her license will be suspended for a minimum of twelve months. First time and repeat offenders are charged with an E level felony, regardless of criminal record.
Mojica was additionally charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and other traffic violations. He submitted to a chemical test of his blood to determine the alcohol content and was arraigned today in Suffolk County First District Court.
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