Criminal Defense Arrested in New Orleans
The city of New Orleans is one of most popular tourist destinations throughout the United States. In New Orleans, a continuous number of conventions, festivals, parties, and events occur throughout the year drawing in millions of tourists and locals as well. During these celebrations and events, some partygoers and revelers may find themselves on the wrong side of municipal law. After all, this is New Orleans, which is home to arguably the largest party of the year during their Mardi Gras festival occurring throughout Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. At Bloom Legal, counseling and representing individuals arrested in New Orleans, either tourists or local residents, is a very common matter. In fact, a large number of individuals are arrested in New Orleans every year for a whole host of municipal offenses that are generally easily expunged under the provisions of Article 893 and Article 894. Bloom Legal will represent any individual arrested in New Orleans and work to expunge their charges for municipal violations, which may include:
- Disturbing the peace
- Resisting arrest
- Open container ordinance violations
- Underage drinking
- Drug possession
- Lewd conduct
- Simple battery
- Domestic violence
- Public intoxication
- Assault and battery
- Battery of a law enforcement officer
These are just a few of many ways clients counseled by Bloom Legal have gotten into trouble in the greater New Orleans area. Considering that many refer to New Orleans as the most unique city in America, almost any numbers of charges have been faced by clients of Bloom Legal. For most of these individuals, Bloom Legal was able to expunge their arrest records in the state of Louisiana entirely.
Tourism and Partying in New Orleans
Being from out of town or partying heavily is no excuse in the eyes of law enforcement when it comes to violating municipal and criminal laws. Unfortunately, many tourists and partygoers will fall trap to these misconceptions during one or more of the many events in NOLA this year. Party and tourist events occur every day in the greater New Orleans area, however, some events draw much more attention and traffic than others. Keeping this in mind, tourists and partygoers should also note that law enforcement also seeks to enforce laws as strictly and pervasively as possible during these major events and will be arresting individuals that violate the local parish, municipal, and state criminal laws.
Some of the more well-known events and locations for tourism and partying in the city of New Orleans include:
- Mardi Gras, which is a prolonged festival officially commencing around January 6th with a world-renowned conclusion during Fat Tuesday on February 29 in 2009. This massive, city-wide festival centers in the French Quarter and Bourbon Street of Orleans Parish and draws millions of tourist visitors to the greater New Orleans area. Likewise, Mardi Gras also incurs a wide range of arrests for municipal offenses related to alcohol and subsequent behaviors. Additionally, felony arrests and federal drug trafficking charges are often filed against tourist and partygoers that violate applicable laws in light of this longstanding New Orleans celebration.
- Harrah’s New Orleans, which is a constantly operating casino featuring gambling, dining, and other tourist hotel accommodations. Located only steps away from the Mississippi river on Canal Street, Harrah’s New Orleans sees a constant influx of tourist and locals wishing to have a good time.
- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which celebrates the rich culture of New Orleans and the Jazz music found in the city. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival runs from April 24th to the 26th and resumes again on April 30th until May 3rd in 2009. The official festival itself is located at the Fair Grounds Race Course, however, through the greater New Orleans area, clubs and other venues host a number of shows and events related to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as well.
- New Year’s Celebrations and the Sugar Bowl, which is generally held on New Years day in the Louisiana Superdome. These events not only draw tourist traffic seeking to ring in the New Year from all over the country, but significant media coverage surrounding the Sugar Bowl on January 1st as well.
- Southern Decadence, whose theme this year was Decadence Does Disco, is a week-long celebration catering to gay individuals in early September. Southern Decadence culminates in a huge parade throughout the French Quarter on the Sunday prior to Labor Day with all previous events taking place near the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann streets.
- Voodoo Experience, which is a three-day music festival held annually featuring hundreds of local and mainstream performers. The Voodoo Music Experience is held the last weekend before Halloween at City Park in New Orleans and attracts over one hundred thousand concert goers in these three short days.
- New Orleans Halloween, which is a celebration that includes numerous costume balls and parades throughout the city of New Orleans.
- St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph’s Day in New Orleans, which typically falls on March 17 is just another example of the commitment to festivals, parties, and parades exhibited in New Orleans.
- French Quarter Festival, which celebrates the areas of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, Pauger Street, and St. Anne’s Street as a cultural center of New Orleans traditions and heritage. In the French Quarter, famous strip clubs, bars, and restaurants line the landscape including Temptations, Larry Flynt’s Barely Legal Club, Rick’s Cabaret, Johnny White’s, The Famous Door, The Cat’s Meow, Razzoo, and the famous French Quarter restaurant Galatoire’s. The French Quarter Festival occurs on April 17th to 19th in 2009.
In NOLA, there are strips clubs, bars, gay bars, restaurants, casinos, live music venues, historic hotels, and virtually something for anyone to have a good time. Unfortunately, the huge numbers of crowds these events bring come with criminal arrests as well as civil torts as well. Other major forms of tourist activity include the many conventions held throughout the year in the city of New Orleans itself, as well as in the suburb areas of Gretna and Metairie. One of the main locations for convention activities of all sorts is at the Dutch Morial Convention Center, as well as the Louisiana Superdome. Some of the major events and conventions held at these venues include:
- World Cultural Economic Forum, on October 30 to November 13, 2008
- American Library Association, in 2009
- American College of Cardiology, in 2008
- The Bayou Classic on November 29th, 2009
- New Orleans Bowl on December 21st, 2009
- Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2009
- New Orleans Saints games all NFL season long
- New Orleans Hornets games all NBA season long
Legal problems are also not only associated with activities and conventions in the city of New Orleans, but also, the suburb areas and outlying areas, such as Gretna and Metairie see a number of civil claims rising from the constant influx of partygoers, tourists, and vehicular traffic.
Throughout the year, Bloom Legal regularly represents and counsels clients involved in civil disputes stemming from their tourist visit to New Orleans, Gretna, Metairie, and the other outlying areas of NOLA. Commonly dealt with issues will include car accidents, property damage claims, and personal injury claims for plaintiffs or against defendants. With such number of people converging into one location so many times throughout the year, disputes and disagreements are bound to occur, and Bloom Legal is here to assist clients wishing to rectify any outstanding ones from their visit to New Orleans. The city of New Orleans is virtually never without some form of a parade, festival, or party going on in the city limits of Orleans Parish. Likewise, most of these events have at least a little touch of the controlled craziness well-known from Mardi Gras events of past years.
For local and tourists embroiled in civil litigation or criminal charges following their evening out in New Orleans, Bloom Legal can assist in expunging these charges or settling any and all civil cases. Use the contact form for a free legal consultation from Bloom Legal today!
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