Posts Tagged ‘DUI’

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 »

Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

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.

Bieber Pleads Not Guilty in DUI, Turns Himself in for Assault in Toronto

January 30th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of eonline.com

Photo courtesy of eonline.com

Justin Bieber, who’s been all over the news lately due to multiple legal issues since December, pled not guilty to DUI charges on Wednesday in a Miami court. Bieber has an arraignment date set for the middle of February, but more than likely will not be present for it. They were originally charged with DUI and drag racing, which is a crime in Florida, although it shows that neither he nor his friend Khalil Sharieff, who was also arrested, are being charged with drag racing.

The pop star was stopped in the early morning last week at a traffic stop, when he began cursing at police officers and admitting to smoking marijuana, drinking, and taking a prescription drug, according to the police report. The Breathalyzer was administered multiple times, as the first two readings were were invalid. The 3rd test showed a BAC of .014, which is below the Florida legal limit for persons under 21 of .02. Bieber and Sharieff submitted urine samples, which may show marijuana to have been in his system, which would still qualify as Driving Under the Influence charge.

After pleading not guilty in Florida, the pop star took a flight to his home country, Canada, to turn himself in to face charges for assault against a limo driver stemming from Dec. 29th when the singer was in town attending a Toronto Maple Leafs game. Police responded in December to a disturbance involving Bieber’s entourage and a limo driver, who was allegedly hit several times in the back of the head. Police were unsure if, at the time, Bieber himself was involved in the assault, or someone from his entourage.

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.

Can You Be Arrested for a DWI If You Aren’t Driving?

December 26th, 2013 | Posted in DUI/DWI by admin | No Comments »

Recently, Psych Central reported that a study of 22,000 high school seniors showed an increase in drugged driving even while the number of teens involved in drunk driving incidents has declined. As many as 28 percent of teens reported that they had either driven after using marijuana or been in the car with someone who used marijuana within the two weeks prior to taking the survey.

Psych Central reported that “teenagers will always be in a high-risk category due to the qualities that go along with adolescents,” such as being impulsive and feeling invincible. However, while teens are at the greatest risk of dying in car accidents, any driver of any age could potentially get behind the wheel when impaired and could be at risk of accident or arrest. Those who use marijuana or who consume alcohol also face other potential criminal charges for violating the law while impaired, and a New Orleans criminal defense law firm should be consulted by those facing charges for party crimes.

Facts to Know About Party Crimes

At Bloom Legal, our New Orleans criminal defense law firm specializes in defending locals and visitors to the area who are accused of party crimes like driving drunk or like marijuana offenses. To help those who are arrested understand what to expect, BloomLegalTV provides answers to some common questions that people have. One recent video, for example, has some advice both for those worried about being charged with marijuana crimes and for those who are behind the wheel while impaired and who are concerned about a drunk driving conviction.

Some things you should know about marijuana and drunk driving crimes that our New Orleans criminal defense law firm covers in the video include:

 

  • The rules for drunk driving charges when the car isn’t moving. Driving a vehicle is an essential element of a drunk driving offense, although this vehicle doesn’t have to be a car (the law says you can’t drive a motorcycle, boat or even a lawn mower while impaired).  However, if your keys are in the ignition, you could probably be charged with a DWI even if you aren’t moving at the time. If you’re going to take a nap in the car when you’re drunk, have the keys put away and don’t have the engine running so you don’t take a chance of being arrested.
  • The laws related to marijuana use. These laws haven’t changed in New Orleans yet, although marijuana cases have now largely been relegated to municipal court, and certain new incentives have been created for plea-bargaining. If you agree to pay a $400 fine and plead guilty to a first-time marijuana offense, the offense can be treated as non-enhanceable. This means that while you normally would be charged with a felony for a second offense (your first offense thus enhancing the penalties for the second), this won’t happen if you pay your fine and admit guilt. You’ll still face the first-offense misdemeanor consequences and have a criminal record.

It is important to understand what the laws are related to drunk driving and marijuana offenses because this criminal record can impact your future. The New Orleans criminal defense law firm of Bloom Legal is here to help, so call today to schedule your free consultation.

Choosing the Right New Orleans DWI Attorney Video

December 20th, 2013 | Posted in DUI/DWI by admin | No Comments »

New Orleans juries seem to be getting tougher on criminal offenders, as data indicates a significant increase in the rate of convictions from 2011 to 2012. When the Times-Picayune reviewed the conviction rate in 2011, 348 defendants were brought to trial before a jury and 65 percent were convicted. In 2012, on the other hand, 126 defendants had already been tried by July and convictions had been secured in 81 percent of cases.

NOLA indicates that there are a lot of possible reasons for the increase in convictions; including video evidence being increasingly used, and jurors getting increasingly fed up with crime. One other possible reason is that the prosecutor’s office is cutting more plea deals on lesser offenses.

With a higher conviction rate but more potential to perhaps cut a deal, it becomes more important than ever to find a New Orleans DWI lawyer who can negotiate a plea bargain or who can defend you in court.   But, how do you find a New Orleans DWI lawyer? BloomLegalTV has some answers.

How to Find a New Orleans DUI Attorney

When you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, a New Orleans criminal defense law firm is the right firm to call. Before you do, consider the following advice from a New Orleans DUI attorney on finding the right lawyer for you:

  1. Meet with the attorney in person and consider how you feel about the attorney. Make sure you feel comfortable with the attorney and with how you get along.
  2. Make sure your attorney practices DWI. You don’t want a lawyer who works in a different field representing you in a DWI case.  Ask your lawyer what his experience is with DWI cases and what the results of past cases have been.
  3. Look for a locally-based New Orleans DWI lawyer who goes to the local court frequently. Your lawyer should have experience with the local district attorneys and will know the court system and judges.
  4. Find an attorney with specialized training. Ask if your attorney is a member of the DUI National Defense College and if he has taken continuing legal education courses on DWI defense. DWI cases are complicated and you want someone with specific knowledge of these types of cases and of blood alcohol content (BAC) concepts.

At Bloom Legal, 75 percent of our practice is criminal defense and a large portion of our cases are DWI cases. We regularly help people with DWIs in the state of Louisiana and we can put our legal experience to work to help in your case.

Our New Orleans criminal defense law firm helps both locals arrested for drunk driving and those visiting on spring break or vacation who face a DWI arrest.  Our goal is to resolve your case as quickly and effectively as possible with minimal or no consequences from the drunk driving arrest.

 

Call us today and schedule a free consultation so you can see if our New Orleans DUI attorney is the right one to help with your case.

San Francisco Archbishop gets DUI

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The new Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Joseph
Cordileone, attempted to make light of his recent drunk driving arrest
at the ceremony commemorating his taking office. Mr. Cordileone was
arrested near San Diego State University at a DWI checkpoint, with his
mother and a visiting priest from Germany in the car with him. Mr.
Cordileone joked at the mass, “I know in my life God has always had a
way of putting me in my place. I would say, though, that in the latest
episode of my life God has outdone himself.” Pleading to a lesser
charge of reckless driving, Mr. Cordileone potentially faces three
years of probation and a fine.

Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife DUI

October 5th, 2012 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Hot off the Hulk Hogan sex tape scandal, Linda Bollea, Hulk’s ex-wife,
was arrested for DUI in Malibu, California early this morning after
being pulled over for speeding. Ms. Bollea’s blood alcohol level was
.084, just a small bit above California’s legal limit of .08. Ms.
Bollea’s representative told gossip website TMZ that she was leaving a
jewelry event where she had consumed a glass of champagne on an empty
stomach, and the combination of the champagne and antibiotics that she
was taking caused her to be above the legal limit. Ms. Bollea bailed
out of jail on $5,000 bond and denies that her drinking had anything
to do with the gossip website Gawker’s release of a one-minute sex
tape showing Hulk Hogan, her ex-husband, with an unidentified female.
Hulk Hogan has threatened to sue Gawker if they don’t remove the tape
from their website, which they claim was obtained for free from an
anonymous source.

***DWI CHECKPOINT ALERT, TONIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS!***

August 24th, 2012 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The New Orleans Police Department’s Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint, in Orleans Parish, beginning at approximately 9:00 P.M. and will conclude at approximately 5:00 A.M. Motorists will experience minimal delays and should have the proper documentation available if requested, i.e., proof of insurance, driver’s license, etc.

Driver involved in Loyola student’s death charged with vehicular homicide

July 27th, 2012 | Posted in DUI/DWI, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of NOLA.com

Leonard Feller was arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated and vehicular negligent injury after colliding and killing Loyola University student Matthew Chuey early Thursday morning.

Additional charges of vehicular homicide have been added to Feller’s booking after Chuey died from his injuries at Interim LSU Public Hospital. Vehicular homicide convictions carry between 5-30 years and a fine of at least $2,000 but no more than $15,000.

Chuey is being awarded his degree posthumously by the University, needing only one more class to complete his bachelor’s degree.

For more on this story, visithttp://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/07/police_are_upgrading_charges_a.html

Cinco de Mayo Weekend Brings Extra DWI Checkpoints

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted in DUI/DWI, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

For the first time in five years, Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekend. That’s why DUI checkpoints and police patrols are increasing nationwide and task forces are setting up Friday night or even earlier.

Other methods will also be used in certain cities where stationary checkpoints are impractical or not allowed. In San Francisco, for example, police will hop on motorcycles for mobile Cinco de Mayo DUI patrols around the city, the online SFAppeal reports.

“We can ride right up to the driver’s window and check for any signs of alcohol or drug impairment,” a San Francisco traffic cop told SFAppeal. “There are a lot of motorcycles on the road, and you would be amazed at how many people do not notice us until they hear the sirens.”

DUI checkpoints reduce drunken-driving crashes by about 20%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most DUI checkpoints – Cinco de Mayo checkpoints included – are conducted at night. That makes sense, as the rate of drunken-driving fatalities is about four times higher at night than during the day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Further, more than 30% of fatal crashes on weekends involve drunken drivers.

New Texas DUI Law Spreads to Louisiana

December 12th, 2011 | Posted in Courts, DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Texans arrested for drunk driving should prepare to roll up their sleeves for a blood test this holiday season. Cities and counties across the state are increasingly demanding that drunken driving suspects who refuse to take breathalyzer tests submit to blood tests that measure the amount of alcohol in their systems.

The blood test policy has grown from a procedure used in a few Texas towns to one that is used by police state-wide – especially during weekends and holidays when drunken driving is most common. The “No Refusal” initiative, as it is known, has also caught on in other states, including Florida, Missouri, Illinois – and, you guessed it – Louisiana.

The attraction for law enforcement and prosecutors is that blood evidence is a powerful tool in front of juries. Armed with blood evidence of intoxication, some prosecutors say they can win convictions in more than 90% of DUI cases.

Texas courts have uniformly held up the constitutionality of mandatory blood testing; however some argue it is an unreasonable search and seizure.

Often, lawyers say, defendants faced with blood evidence admit their guilt and do not bother with a trial.

If you or anyone you know has been arrested or convicted for a DUI, contact Bloom Legal 24/7 at www.bloomlegal.com or at 504-599-9997 for a free consultation to discuss your options.

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