Miami Heat Player, Greg Oden, Arrested for Battery of Ex-Girlfriend

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Criminal Defense by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Police Deptatment

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Police Deptatment

Greg Oden, a player for the Miami Heat, was arrested early this morning for the battery of his ex-girlfriend. Police arrived to find the victim covering her face and uncooperative with the officers. A woman, described as the victim’s friend, explained to police that her ex-boyfriend, Greg Oden, punched her in the face. The victim was shown to have lacerations on her face and a bloody nose. Officers witnessed blood in various parts of the home, which is owned by Greg Oden’s mother.

Oden was quiet and cooperated with police when arrested. It was reported that the two had dated for two years, but broken up prior to the altercation. The hearing for the charge of battery is set today, and a 72-hour continuance could be placed before deciding on to file any charges.

If you or someone you know is arrested for battery in the Greater New Orleans area, please give our office a call at 504-599-9997 or email us info@bloomlegal.com to set up a free consultation.

NOPD Officer Arrested for DWI on Causeway, Suspended Without Pay

August 6th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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An NOPD officer was arrested Saturday evening and placed on immediate suspension for DWI. The vehicle was seen driving erratically on the Causeway when police pulled over 26-year-old David Aranda, a 1st District police officer. The officers smelled alcohol on his breath and administered the field sobriety test, which Aranda failed.

Aranda was suspended immediately without pay. This is the second NOPD officer in the last few months that has been arrested for driving while intoxicated.

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

Disney Star, Billy Unger, Arrested for Underage DUI in California

August 4th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of www.tmz.com

A Disney television star has recently been arrested for driving under the influence in California. Billy Unger, from Disney’s Lab Rats, was stopped by law enforcement officers while cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway. Police report that Unger, 18, was stopped for speeding.

Unger was taken into custody once it became apparent that he had been under the influence of alcohol. He was released shortly after the arrest took place. Unger’s blood alcohol content was the legal limit, .08, but that limit does not apply to those who are underage. In California, underage drivers are subject to a zero tolerance for drinking while driving.

Louisiana law differs from California. In Louisiana, minors under the age of 21 are not allowed to operate a vehicle when they have a BAC of .02 or above. Minors who break these laws are subject to different punishments than adults convicted of DWI.

For underage drivers, a first DWI arrest can carry some penalties. Fines include $100 – $250 and the driver must complete a substance abuse program in addition to a driver improvement program. If an underage party is convicted of a subsequent DWI fines can increase to $150 – $500. In addition, the minor could be looking at jail time of 10 days to three months.

The sentence can be suspended if the offender serves at least two days in jail and participates in substance abuse program as well as a driver improvement program. Complete suspension of jail time may also be obtained if the guilty party agrees to 80 hours of community service.

If you or your child has been arrested for an underage DWI, call Bloom Legal today. We fight for our clients to ensure that their rights are protected. Call 504-599-9997 or email us info@bloomlegal.com to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys.

Thibodaux Police Report Man Arrested for 4th DWI, Other Charges

July 28th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Thibodaux Police report that a Houma man has recently been arrested for his fourth DWI. Brady Coleman visited his ex-girlfriend’s home around 10:30 PM after already being asked to leave once because he was drunk. During his subsequent visit, Coleman asked if he could come inside, but the woman declined.

After the woman told him he was not allowed inside, he broke into the home. Once inside, Coleman drank a beer and then took the victim’s dog. Coleman was ready to flee the scene in his car when he noticed authorities arriving on the premises. He quickly fled on foot to the back of the home and hid. He was promptly discovered and arrested.

Coleman now faces several charges including unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, DWI, remaining after being forbidden, and three counts of resisting an officer. Police report that the offender’s BAC was twice the legal limit at the time of the arrest.
DWIs can carry some serious penalties. However, those penalties become even less forgiving when a repeat offender is being sentenced. In Louisiana, the repercussions for a fourth DWI range from 10 to 30 years of incarceration. This crime carries a 2 year minimum without the possibility of parole.

Any jail time beyond the two year minimum can be suspended if the offender is placed on probation for the remainder of the sentence and agrees to community service. In addition, the offender must agree to an evaluation of their substance abuse problems and follow through with any court ordered treatment plan. Although the offender can be released from incarceration, they must serve one year or more of house arrest. During this time they will also have a curfew and home visits from a probation officer. They also must become employed and complete a driver improvement program.

Although incarceration is a large punishment in itself, additional punishments can also apply. If an offender agreed to a BAC test, Louisiana drivers face a one year license suspension after a fourth DWI. This increases to four years if BAC is over .20 percent. Sometimes it is possible for offenders to receive a restricted license if they have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

Fines can also be expected. Roughly $5,000 in fines can be expected from a fourth DWI arrest. These fines do not include court costs or cost of council. It may also be possible for the state to sell your vehicle at auction to pay for court costs and fines.

If you or someone you know has been arrested after a DWI call Bloom Legal today. We can help advise you on the best course of action. Whether you are a repeat offender, or first time offender, Bloom Legal can help protect your rights. Call 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com to set up a legal consultation today.

Texas Man Arrested for Negligent Homicide, DWI, Hit and Run

July 25th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

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Photo courtesy of www.nola.com

A recent auto accident caused by Joseph Hicks outside of Empire, Louisiana left Davy Bowers, 19, dead. Hicks reportedly crossed the median on LA 23 and struck Bowers’ truck. A third car could not stop in time and rear ended Bowers’ truck.

The accident, claiming one life, occurred around 3 o’clock in the morning. Although it is Louisiana law that members involved in an automobile accident must stop to exchange information, Hicks fled the scene.

Police swiftly found Hicks and took him into custody. Hicks was charged with DWI, hit and run, negligent homicide, traveling the wrong way, no seat belt, and an expired driver’s license. Toxicology screening of the deceased is underway as a routine regulation and police are waiting on test results from Hicks’ blood.

Hicks was charged with a DWI which means he is susceptible to both civil and criminal liability. The drunk driver can be expected to pay for compensatory damages, resulting from injuries and lost wages, as well as punitive damages, which are assessed to deter others from driving drunk.

In Louisiana, negligent homicide can carry serious penalties. Negligent homicide occurs when careless actions cause a death. Hicks was charged with negligent homicide because the act that caused the death, driving drunk, broke a law. Hit and run charges occur when a party fails to stop after an accident that caused property damage or death. Hit and runs can be a nightmare for the victim. In order to seek retribution for damages, the victim will often have to prove the identity of the driver. If identity cannot be proven, drivers will often have to seek compensation from their own insurance agency.

An attorney can help establish the identity of a hit and run driver using evidence and police reports taken during the time of the accident. If no identity can be established, an attorney can also help file an uninsured motorist claim. Due to the way insurance agencies operate, victims can often get swindled out of fair compensation. However, an attorney can help you get a settlement you deserve.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident involving a drunk driver, call Bloom Legal today. We will help you weigh your options and establish the best course of action given your circumstances. Call 504-599-9997 to schedule a legal consultation with one of our attorneys.

9 Celebrity Deaths That Were Linked to Drunk Driving

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »


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1. Bob Clark – Bob Clark was well known as a director for movies such as A Christmas Story and Baby Geniuses. Clark was traveling along the Pacific Coast Highway in California with his son Ariel on the morning of April 4, 2007 when they were involved in a head on collision. Hector Velazquez-Nava crossed the median in his SUV killing Clark and Ariel. It was later discovered that Velazquez-Nava was three times the legal limit, driving without a license and an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Valazquez-Nava was sentenced to six years in prison and now faces deportation.
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2. Jerry Brown Jr. – Jerry Brown Jr. was an American athlete and football player. Brown had been signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad two months before the accident which ended his life. On December 8, 2012 Brown was traveling as a passenger in a car driven by fellow teammate Josh Brent. Brent was speeding on Texas State Highway 114 when the vehicle struck a curb and caused the car to flip at least one time. When police arrived, Brown was unresponsive, but was later pronounced dead. Brent faced DUI and manslaughter charges.

 

 

 

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3. Nick Adenhart – Nick Adenhart is well known as a California Angels pitcher. One night, Adenhart and three friends were leaving a game where Adenhart was playing ball. The Mitsubishi transporting Adenhart was struck in an intersection by a mini-van. A passenger and the driver were dead on arrival and Adenhart as well as an additional passenger were taken to a hospital to be treated. Investigators noticed that the minivan’s driver had fled the scene. Adenhart passed at the hospital while the other passenger survived after undergoing surgery which reattached his skull to his spine. The minivan driver was Andrew Gallo. Gallo was arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder, hit-and-run, DUI, as well as a few other charges.



 

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4. Paul Jackson Pollock – Jackson Pollock was an American artist best known for his work during the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock died when he was driving his convertible and was involved in a single car accident. Reports show that Pollock was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Pollock’s friend, Edith Metzger, was also killed as a result of the accident. His mistress, Ruth Kligman, was in the vehicle during the time of the accident, but she was the lone survivor.







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5. Princess Diana – Princess Diana of Wales passed away after her chauffeur lost control of the vehicle transporting the princess, her boyfriend, and Diana’s bodyguard. It was originally thought that the reporters following Diana may have caused the accident, but investigations showed the driver was intoxicated. Investigators report finding anti-depressants and anti-psychotics in the body of the driver which they believe could have amplified the inebriation. The Princess, her boyfriend, and the driver were all pronounced dead on the scene while the bodyguard survived.

 

 

 

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6. Ryan Dunn – Ryan Dunn was famous for his affiliation with the reality television show Jackass. In 2011, Dunn died in an auto accident with his Porsche 911. Dunn was more than double the legal limit when his vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree. The accident left both himself and a production assistant for Jackass Number Two dead. It was reported that speed may have contributed to the accident and investigations suggest that the car may have been traveling up to 140 miles per hour.







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7. Sam Kinison – American comedian and actor, Sam Kinison, passed away on April 10, 1992 when his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. Kinison was traveling along U.S. Route 95 to a sold out show in Nevada with his newlywed bride when a driver crossed into Kinison’s lane and struck his Pontiac head on. The driver who caused the accident was a 17-year-old named Troy Pierson. The drunk driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, but did not serve any jail time.







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8. Steve Prefontaine – Steve Prefontaine was a 1972 Olympic athlete and American runner. Prefontaine died on May 30, 1975 while returning home from a party with fellow athletes in Eugene Oregon. Prefontaine was traveling in his convertible when he swerved and hit a wall. The impact caused his car to flip leaving the athlete trapped under the weight of his vehicle. Prefontaine was pronounced dead on the scene and toxicology reports showed a BAC of 0.16. This report by Eugene police has come under fire and the accuracy of the reading is dubious.

 

 

 

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9. Tim Horton – Tim Horton was a professional Canadian ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, The New York Rangers, The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabers. On February 21, 1974 Horton was traveling along the Queen Elizabeth Way towards Buffalo. Horton lost control of his vehicle and drove into a median causing his car to flip several times. Horton was ejected from the car and later pronounced dead. Investigators found a vodka bottle in the debris and reports show that Horton’s BAC was well over the legal limit.

Actor Shia Lebouf Arrested in New York on Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Photo courtesy of Anthony Delmundo at www.nydailynews.com

Actor Shia Lebouf, famous for his role in the ‘Transformers’ movies, was arrested on disorderly conduct, harassment, and criminal trespass charges on June 26th after disturbing a Broadway play. The actor had been seen earlier in the day arguing on the street with a homeless man, which was captured by TMZ photographers prior to going to the Broadway play ‘Cabaret’ starring Alan Cummings. During the play, Lebouf was disruptive and was seen smoking inside the theater. After leaving Studio 54 and falling down, it took nearly half a dozen NYPD officers to bring him into custody because of his erratic behavior. Once inside jail, he was seen banging his head against a wall and screaming profanities at police officers. Mr. Lebouf was released early Friday morning of his own recognizance and is being charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespass with an arraignment date set for July 24.

If you or anyone you know is arrested for charges similar to these in the Greater New Orleans area, please give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

NOPD to Conduct DWI Sobriety Checkpoint on Thursday, June 26

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI 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, June 26, 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.

OPSB President Accuses Ira Thomas of Favoritism in Contracts

June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Nolan Marshall, Jr., president of the Orleans Parish School Board, has responded to criticism by member Ira Thomas of his family’s involvement in construction contracts by accusing him of showing favoritism to particular companies. A company owned by Mr. Shall’s relatives, Nolmar Construction, was in line for a school construction contract. Thomas is now calling for Marshall to step down as president in light of this issue.

The School Board initially awarded the $51 million contract to a group, which included Nolmar Construction, owned by relatives of Nolan Marshall, Jr. They have since backtracked on that decision, and Mr. Marshall has asked the U.S. Attorney to investigate.

Thomas thinks asking the U.S. Attorney to investigate is too little and too late, and is asking for Marshall to step down as president. The president thinks Thomas’ preference for woman- or-minority owned businesses shows favoritism on his part.

This new tension has escalated the divided school board since there still has been no move forward in selecting a new superintendent. Hiring a superintendent requires 5 votes, and each time the 7 member board has been split 4-3 with Nolan Marshall, Jr., Seth Bloom, Sarah Usdin, and Woody Koppel on one side and Ira Thomas, Cynthia Cade, and Leslie Ellison on the other.

NOPD to Conduct DWI Checkpoint Thursday, June 19

June 19th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI 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, June 19, 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.

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