February 29th, 2012
In Coram, Long Island, Kevin Daly, age 23, was driving around drunk in his car while wearing a T-shirt that said “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m a drunk. Alcoholics go to meetings.” Kevin Daly was driving a 2000 Saturn. He attempted to make a turn when he struck a marked police patrol car. The officer in the patrol car noted Daly had blood shot, glassy eyes. He slurred his speech and reeked from alcohol. When he exited his vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet. Daly, as he walked out of his car, stated “I tried to stop but I was going too fast for my brakes to stop on the wet road.” He indicated to the police officer that he had two or three beers. He also said, “I deserve whatever I get. I was drinking and driving.” Daly was arraigned in Suffolk County Court and was given ten thousand dollars bail.
The attorneys of the Law Office of Elliot S. Schlissel handle traffic, tickets, white collar crimes, computer and internet crimes, domestic violence cases, driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI), drug cases, gun cases and all other types of misdemeanor and felonies. Call us for a free consultation. Our phones lines are open 24/7. We arrange for bail and we do arraignments seven days a week for our clients.
January 7th, 2012
Jacquline M. drove her car with her children in it while she was intoxicated. The Department of Social Services was notified of the situation. They investigated the matter and brought a proceeding in the Family Court claiming that Jacquline’s actions amounted to neglect of her children.
The children’s father also had some problems. He did not take anti-seizure medication because he wanted to drink alcoholic beverages. He was aware his failure to take the anti-seizure medication could cause him to become violent when having a seizure.
Both parent’s actions amounted to child neglect pursuant to the Family Court. Both parents appealed the court’s decision. The Appellate Court found that both parent’s neglect was supported by the evidence.
One of the Appellate Judges strongly dissented from the court’s decision. The Judge stated “there were no allegations of actual harm, thus, could not conclude the agency established either parent placed the children in eminent danger of physical, emotional or mental impairment.” The Judge also stated there was not sufficient evidence to show the mother was intoxicated or that her actions put the children at risk.
The Law Office of Elliot Schlissel have been protecting both mother’s rights and father’s rights in child neglect and child abuse cases. We represent individuals brought up for child abuse by Child Protective Services (CPS) and Administration for Child Services (ACS). We provide aggressive child abuse defense on behalf of our clients in both the Criminal and Family Courts. We represent both fathers and mothers in cases involving Social Services trying to change custody or visitation. We also represent individuals with regard to applications for orders of protection. Should you, a friend or family member have a divorce , Family Court or criminal problem related to actions involving children, feel free to call us. We have developed an expertise in handling these cases. Our phone numbers are 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.
December 3rd, 2010
On October 11, 2009, Carmen Huertas was driving on the West Side Highway in Manhattan. She had a blood alcohol level of .012. She was speeding. In addition, she had 7 young girls in the car with her! Carmen lost control of her car due to her speeding while intoxicated. The car flipped over, throwing some of the young girls from the vehicle. One of the girls, an eleven-year-old named Leandra Rosado, was killed as she was thrown from the car.
An outraged New York State Legislature, in response to this incident, passed a new law called “Leandra’s Law” that increased the penalties of driving while intoxicated with children in the car.
Ms. Huertas Pleads Guilty
Ms. Huertas has pled guilty to various criminal charges including, but not limited to, second degree manslaughter. Justice Charles H. Solomon, sitting in the Supreme Court in New York County, has imposed a sentence of four to twelve years on Carmen Huertas.
The judge at the time of sentencing was outraged. He stated, “I do not understand how someone could drink, get into a car with all these young girls and go 70 miles an hour on the West Side Highway”. The judge further stated at the time of sentencing, “ it is almost like you asked for a tragedy. It is just inconceivable on many levels that you would do that”.
At the time of the sentencing, Leandra’s father Lenny Rosado held up a picture of his beautiful young daughter. He gave a speech at the time of sentencing. He asked the judge that his daughter’s death should not be in vain. Mr. Rosado felt that Ms. Huertas should serve at least eleven years in jail, one for each year that his daughter lived. He described his daughter Leandra in the following manner: “Leandra was a very happy and funny person”. Mr. Rosado stated that, “one day Carmen Huertas will get out of jail and she will be able to see her kids. I won’t”.
Driving while intoxicated is a problem that society needs to deal with. The families of victims in cases such as this one never fully recover.
About Our Firm
The law office of Elliot Schlissel, for more than 33 years, has represented individuals charged with crimes in New York metropolitan area. We represent individuals charged with driving while intoxicated, weapons possession, sex crimes, white collar crimes, violent crimes, drug offenses, domestic violence, misdemeanors and felonies of all types. Should you, a friend or family member need an attorney to deal with a criminal matter, call us. We are available seven days a week. Our phone number is 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802, or contact us by email.