NOPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Thursday, March 20

March 20th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, Drugs, DUI/DWI, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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As an ongoing proactive effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways, the Orleans Parish Police Department will be conducting a DWI Checkpoint, Thursday, March 20, at an undisclosed location in Orleans Parish. The checkpoint will begin around 9pm and end at 5am.

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.

Truth About Traffic Cameras

March 20th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense by admin | No Comments »

Traffic cameras have become a common tool used by law enforcement to identify drivers who violate traffic laws including the speed limit laws and red light laws.  Unfortunately, as we explain in our video on Traffic Cameras, these efforts may not be to improve road safety but instead may simply be a way of generating tax revenue.

Traffic cameras can result in large fines just for going a few miles per hour over the speed limit, including at busy intersections and on streets where the speed limit is lower than surrounding areas for no obvious reasons.  These cameras could target safe drivers who aren’t aware of the cameras because of the potential to be cited even for very minor traffic infractions. In some cases, the cameras even result in tickets for driving in school zones when schools are not in session.

Unfortunately, while a New Orleans traffic tickets lawyer can normally help clients to address traffic ticket problems, fighting against a ticket from a traffic camera is very difficult. There is limited due process associated with the fines and citations from tickets issued due to traffic cameras.  Instead of being able to go to court and fight like with other types of traffic tickets, there is a vague process for requesting an administrative hearing and you may not get a response.  This makes it difficult to defend yourself even in cases where you have received an unjust ticket. Fortunately, the city may be making changes and allowing cases to be heard in traffic court.

Traffic Camera Ticket Problems

Receiving a ticket from a traffic camera is tough to fight, and many people turn to a New Orleans traffic tickets lawyer for help trying to avoid the fine and citation.  If you do get a ticket from a traffic camera, you need to be proactive in dealing with the ticket or you need to pay the fine. If you fail to pay the fine, as we explain in our video on traffic cameras, you could end up being sued by the city. This lawsuit would be public record and your traffic citation and failure to pay would be something that employers and others in your life could find out about.

Fortunately, traffic camera tickets do not currently go on your driving record and so your insurance is not going to go up on the basis of the citation. This still does not make it right for the city to ticket you unfairly, but at least you don’t have to deal with points on your license and the record of the moving violation impacting your driving history.

For most other traffic convictions, you can expect points on your license if you don’t fight the ticket or negotiate a plea bargain. A New Orleans traffic tickets lawyer should be consulted when you receive a ticket so you can make informed choices about how to proceed.

To learn more about traffic camera ticket problems, watch the video on our website. For problems with moving violations, contact Bloom Legal today to speak with a New Orleans traffic tickets lawyer.

DWI Charges Dropped for Saints Player Joe Morgan

March 19th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Saints by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

The DWI charges stemming from wide receiver Joe Morgan’s arrest from May 2013 have been dropped in accordance with Morgan completing a DWI Diversion Program offered by the Jefferson Parish District Attorney. Trial was slated to start on Tuesday, but Morgan’s defense attorney requested a continuance on grounds of getting his client into the diversion program. The judge would not grant it, but the prosecutors dismissed the charges. Morgan will have to complete the rigorous diversion requirements or they could refile the bill of information.

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.

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 »

Photo courtesy of cbssports.com

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 »

Photo courtesy of www.redstickshow.com

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 »

Photo courtesy of movies.yahoo.com

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.

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