Arrested at Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras—Beads, Beer and Police Officers
Mardi Gras is the largest city-wide celebration in New Orleans and one of the biggest parties in the United States. Mardi Gras attracts locals and visitors alike and is a fun time for everyone. The festive spirit, however, often leads to increased alcohol consumption and other party-related activities that can quickly lead to trouble.
Occasionally, the good time ends when police identify people who are breaking the laws and engaging in wrongful behavior. Every year during Mardi Gras New Orleans sees a significant increase in arrests for misdemeanors, driving under the influence, public intoxication and other party-related offenses.
An arrest for one of these offenses can have a major impact on your life—but, it doesn’t have to. When you contact an experienced New Orleans DUI lawyer or New Orleans criminal defense attorney at Bloom Legal, we will do everything possible to help you to avoid the serious consequences or penalties that can come with these convictions.
Arrested at Mardi Gras?
Many party-goers are not aware that the Orleans Parish Court System closes down with the rest of the city during much of the Mardi Gras season. As a result, if you are arrested in New Orleans during Mardi Gras you will not be able to schedule a hearing, or be seen before a judge, until the Wednesday immediately following Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday).
Due to the high number of arrests and the closures of the court system during Mardi Gras, it is very important to hire an experienced New Orleans criminal defense attorney who will be able to smoothly move your case through the court system in the hectic aftermath of the Mardi Gras celebration when court dockets are overloaded. Our attorneys will strive to get you released as quickly as possible; they will work aggressively to raise defenses or negotiate a plea bargain or entry into a diversion program, so the criminal charges do not impact the rest of your life.
If you live out of town and are just visiting for the festivities, it is important to know that an arrest can mean returning to New Orleans for court hearings. At Bloom Legal, we represent both local residents and visitors. Our goal is to minimize the time you spend dealing with your legal problems and to secure the best resolution possible with the least stress and worry.
We will work diligently to keep you out of court and make sure you do not have to travel back to New Orleans any more than absolutely necessary. In some cases, our New Orleans criminal defense attorneys can help you resolve your case without coming back into town at all.
Contact a New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney at Bloom Legal
If you or someone you know is arrested in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, contact Bloom Legal immediately at 504-599-9997 to discuss the details of your case. We can work together to navigate the New Orleans legal system and resolve your legal issues.
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