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Tougher Penalties Take Effect

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New York lawmakers have some tougher penalties in place on a number of crimes that took effect beginning Friday. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed the amendments to the new restrictive measures.

Underage drinking, driving in school zones and injuring or killing a police animal all have increased consequences now if you break the law.

Starting with the state's DWI overhaul, criminal defense attorneys with Tully Rinckey tell us the new penalties target the use of fake ID's and the underage purchase of alcohol.

It now increases the maximum amount of community service for a second offense from 30 to 60 hours and if you are charged a third time, you may serve up to 90 hours of community service. Youthful offenders convicted of DWI must install an interlock ignition device for up to 12 months.

The state is now increasing the penalty if someone tries to harm or kill a police service animal, specifically dogs or horses. It is now considered a felony to do so.

When it comes to driving in a school zone, you are not permitted to make a U-turn within a school zone during posted hours for school safety.

"If you keep passing laws and people keep ignoring them because there is no penalty or not as stiff a penalty, then it is not going to deter people from committing these crime,s and obviously with stiffer penalties and increased laws then it is reactionary and the goal it to get it through to people that you can't do these things, and if you do do them you are going to face some tough penalties," said Derrick Hogan, criminal defense attorney.

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