Indianapolis Colts Owner Facing 4 Felony Counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance

March 18th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Criminal Defense, Drugs, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of cbssports.com

Late Sunday evening, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and possession of a controlled substance. It addition to the DUI, Mr. Irsay is now facing 4 felony counts of possession of a controlled substance when police found prescription pills in his vehicle.

After undergoing several surgeries and suffering from chronic back pain, Irsay admitted to having a prescription pill addiction in 2002 after undergoing successful rehab. Although he claims to have his addiction under control and that rehab was a success, this arrest brings forth new light to his ongoing problem.

If you or someone you know is arrested for criminal charges in the Greater New Orleans area, Bloom Legal can help. Please call us at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com to arrange for a free consultation.

Baton Rouge Police Department Arrested 29 for DWIs on St. Patrick’s Day

March 18th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of www.redstickshow.com

THE BRPD rounded up 29 DWI arrests following the St. Patrick’s Day festivities Monday night. In addition to the DWIs, they gave out tickets for 95 moving violations along with 9 other arrests for non-traffic related incidents.

If you or someone you know gets arrested for a DUI/DWI in the Greater New Orleans area, give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Tyler the Creator Arrested at SXSW for Inciting Riot

March 17th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Criminal Defense by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of www.billboard.com

Tyler the Creator, one of the Odd Future collective, was arrested Saturday night after a show at the South by Southwest festival for inciting a riot during his performance. He was arrested at the airport in Austin for the misdemeanor charge and released on bail shortly thereafter. The charge stems from Thursday night’s show when the rapper yelled for fans to push themselves past venue employees in a show that was at capacity. Tyler, and Odd Future, were denied a travel visa to New Zealand for an upcoming show due to past instances of violence at shows.

If you or someone you know is arrested for criminal charges in the Greater New Orleans area, Bloom Legal can help. Please call us at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com to arrange for a free consultation.

Indianapolis Colts Owner Arrested for DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance

March 17th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Criminal Defense, Drugs, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of cbssports.com

Late Sunday evening, Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Irsay has claimed that he has not touched alcohol in over 15 years, but did enter a rehab facility in 2002 for his addiction to painkillers following several surgeries and chronic back pain. Since then, he has claimed that he has controlled his addiction and has come up with alternate ways of dealing with his chronic pain.

If you or someone you know is arrested for criminal charges in the Greater New Orleans area, Bloom Legal can help. Please call us at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com to arrange for a free consultation.

DWI Checkpoint in Slidell for Friday, March 14

March 14th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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As an ongoing proactive effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways, the Slidell Police Department will be conducting a DWI Checkpoint, Thursday, February 6, at an undisclosed location in Slidell. The checkpoint will begin around 9pm and end at 2am.

Be sure to look at our DWI Checkpoint map here for updates.

Never drink and drive. If you are planning on drinking, always use a designated driver. If you are intoxicated and you do get a DWI, please don’t hesitate to call Seth Bloom at Bloom Legal for a free consultation. There is nothing easy about dealing with a DWI charge. Let Seth help you through this tough and complicated time.

Call Seth Bloom at Bloom Legal, (504) 599-9997, or email info@bloomlegal.com.

2 Killed, More Injured by Drunk Driver at Austin’s SXSW Festival

March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

Early Thursday morning, a drunk driver trying to avoid a routine traffic stop, fled police and drove through a crowd killing 2 and injuring more than 20 at Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival. After being stopped on suspicion fo drunk driving, the driver fled police and went the wrong way down a one-way street and plowed through a crowd of concert goers outside of the Mohawk in downtown Austin. After driving through the crowd, the driver finally hit a taxicab and tried to flee on foot where he was restrained with a stun gun by police and arrested.

The names have not yet been released of the victims and the driver.

If you or someone you know is arrested in the Greater New Orleans area, please give Bloom Legal a call or a free consultation at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Actor Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand

March 12th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of movies.yahoo.com

Chris Pine, most famous for playing Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the “Star Trek” reboot films, was arrested March 1st for driving under the influence. He is currently filming the movie “Z for Zachariah” in New Zealand to be released next year. Pine was out with friends and his Icelandic girlfriend at a pub prior to the arrest. According to the bartender, Pine was very affable and did not seem intoxicated by the time he left.

If you or someone you know is arrested for criminal charges in the Greater New Orleans area, Bloom Legal can help. Please call us at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com to arrange for a free consultation.

Nearly 900 Arrested During Carnival Season in New Orleans

March 6th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, Drugs, DUI/DWI, Mardi Gras by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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During the 2014 Carnival season in New Orleans, nearly 900 people were arrested for a variety of offenses by deputies and officers. Many of the charges were the standard fare of lewd conduct, disturbing the peace, etc, while some bigger arrests were made for state charges including drug arrests and violent crimes.

Mardi Gras time is a big boost for New Orleans tourism. While many tourists are arrested during this time, they should be aware that many of the upcoming court dates will be set for new dates long after they have arrived home. Failure to appear for a court date can result in an added contempt fee and possible warrant. If you or someone you know was arrested during Mardi Gras and need an attorney, please give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Bloom Legal Guide: Evictions

March 5th, 2014 | Posted in Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Eviction proceedings are subject to strict procedural rules. If a landlord fails to follow the procedures, they could be liable to the tenant. Accordingly, it may be in your best interest to hire an eviction attorney to assist you in the process. Bloom Legal is available to assist you in the eviction process. In Louisiana a landlord can only evict a tenant through the judicial process. Lock-outs, removal of the tenant’s property, utility terminations or rendering the premises uninhabitable or inaccessible is strictly prohibited under Louisiana eviction law. A louisiana landlord cannot disturb the peaceful possession of the premises in anyway without first seeking the assistance of the judicial process through an eviction proceeding. When a tenant breaches the lease for non-payment, expiration of lease term or any other reason, the landlord must first deliver a written Notice to Vacate to the tenant. A tenant may waive the notice requirements by written waiver contained in the lease, in which case, the landlord or his agent may immediately institute eviction proceedings.

Bloom Legal can assist you in determining whether you have properly waived the notice to vacate in your lease. The Notice to Vacate gives the tenant five (5) days, not counting weekends or holidays, to vacate the property. Service of the Louisiana eviction notice can be done by personal service on the tenant in the presence of at least one witness. If the tenant is absent, the notice can be affixed to the unit’s door and again be witnessed by at least one other person. An alternative is to send the notice by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to show proof of service. This has the same effect as delivering the notice to the tenant. Once the notice period has passed and the tenant has failed to comply with the terms to prevent the lease’s termination, Bloom Legal can assist you by filing a Rule for Possession with the Parish Court or the Justice of the Peace Court where the property is located. This is an action for possession only. A separate action must be filed to collect any rent owed or other damages. The citation or rule to show cause containing the date, location and time of a hearing will need to be served on the tenant by the Sheriff or Constable. The court will set a hearing date no earlier than 3 days after service of the citation or order to show cause. There are no jury trials in a Louisiana eviction hearing. At the eviction hearing Bloom Legal will be there to prove your burden as a landlord. A landlord has the burden of proof regarding the following elements: 1) That a relation of landlord and tenant existed between the parties (evidence of the lease); 2) That the lease has expired or terminated for a particular reason; 3) That due notice to vacate has been served or has been waived and 4) That the court has jurisdiction to hear the case. If the tenant fails to appear or the landlord proves his or her case, the court must immediately render judgment for the landlord, which gives the tenant only 24-hours to vacate or appeal the judgment. After 24-hours and the tenant has not vacated the property, the landlord must return to court and ask the clerk for a Warrant of Possession authorizing the Sheriff or Constable to enter the property and remove the tenant and all of his or her belongings.

Let Bloom Legal help you through the eviction process. Call us at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com for a free consultation today!

Criminal 102

February 28th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, Drugs, DUI/DWI by admin | No Comments »

After you have been arrested, it is important to understand what comes next. The rules of criminal procedure establish the process by which your case moves through the justice system. Understanding the rules of criminal procedure can thus arm you with the information you need to make smart choices at every step after your arrest.

One of the first decisions you are going to need to make, and one of the most important, is how you want to plead. For most criminal cases, you have two primary choices: pleading guilty or not pleading guilty.

New Orleans criminal defense law firm should always be consulted before you enter a plea to help you decide on how best to minimize the penalties you face. Pleading guilty has both advantages and disadvantages, as we explain in our video Criminal 102, and your attorney can evaluate your case, and advise you on whether a plea deal is a good one in your case or whether you should take a chance at trial.

Plea Bargaining or Pleading Not Guilty

After your arrest, you are arraigned and come before the judge. It is at this time that you must enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, the case will move forward to a trial by judge or a trial by jury. You could potentially prevail at trial if the prosecutor is unable to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Pleading not guilty, therefore, could potentially allow you to keep a clean criminal record and avoid any type of penalty or consequence of the alleged wrongdoing.

Of course, if you plead not guilty, you take a big risk. As Criminal 102 describes, going to trial can be a gamble regardless of whether you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor because you never know how the decision is going to come down.

While a top-notch New Orleans criminal defense law firm can put together a solid defense and give you the best chance under the circumstances of winning your case, the uncertainty of a trial and the potential for a lengthy jail sentence makes a trial a high-stakes proposition since being found guilty means a judge sentences you (and sometimes mandatory minimum sentences apply). Some defendants in criminal cases are also reluctant to go to trial because, as Criminal 102 explains, a trial by jury is very rare in misdemeanor cases and you are likely to go before a judge.

Many defendants determine that the risk of a trial is not worth the potential for an adverse outcome and instead enter into a plea deal or plead out the case. A plea deal means that a New Orleans criminal defense lawyer will negotiate with the prosecutor, the city or state attorney or the district attorney to try to reduce the charges or the penalties in exchange for admitting guilt.

Finally, as Criminal 102 explains, it may be possible for you to exercise a third option: diversion. By entering into a diversion program, you go on probation instead of going to trial.

If you complete the requirements, you will have no permanent record and avoid the worst of the potential penalties you could face.  Watch Criminal 102 to learn more about diversion and about how a New Orleans criminal defense lawyer at Bloom Legal can help you to choose how to plead in your case.

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