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A man was arrested in Flanders on New Year's Eve around 10:40 pm on Flanders Road near its intersection with Pleasure Drive, after Southampton police observed the 2013 Tesla operating outsides its lane and pulled the driver over. The 47-year-old New York City man driving the electric car was charged with aggravated DWI and endangering the welfare of a child after the officer discovered that three children under the age of 10 were in the vehicle with him at the time of the traffic stop.

The man was arrested at the scene and arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court. He was released on $1,000 bail.

The alleged drunk driver was taking the children home when he was observed to be driving erratically. The DWI charge was enhanced to a felony under provisions of Leandra's law. Leandra's law makes an automatic felony of first offense DWI when a minor age 15 or younger is a passenger in the vehicle.

A felony DWI charge can be a dramatic, life-changing experience with numerous negative legal and financial ramifications. Defendants who are convicted face hefty fines and a possible jail term, as well as license suspensions and loss of driving privileges. Employment may be affected as a result of an arrest and conviction if your job requires you to operate a vehicle as a condition of your employment, such as truck drivers who have CDL licenses. Insurance premiums also skyrocket after a conviction on DWI.

If you get arrested for DWI, with or without enhanced penalties, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney fighting for your rights in court. Don't go into court without speaking to a legal professional about your charges and possible penalties.

Source: riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com, "Cops: NYC man caught driving drunk with children inside" Paul Squire, Jan. 07, 2014

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