Posts Tagged ‘DUI’

Florida Man Avoiding DWI Arrest Jumps Off Causeway Bridge

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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A Florida man leapt from the Causeway bridge early Tuesday morning after crashing his vehicle into the guardrail in what appears to be a DWI related accident. The police were alerted by a toll booth attendant that a man seemed impaired after driving onto the Causeway, and police arrived to have the dash-cam show the man climbing the guardrail and leaping into Lake Pontchartrain below. Jeremy Sullivan, of Florida, was then pulled from the lake in a rescue basket, and police officers smelled alcohol on his breath. They took blood samples for testing and arrested him for a DWI.

If you or someone you know is arrested for a DWI or traffic related incident in the Greater New Orleans Area, please give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Amanda Bynes Arrested for Driving Under the Influence, TMZ Reports

September 29th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Drugs, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of www.tmz.com

Photo courtesy of www.tmz.com

Amanda Bynes was arrested in the San Fernando Valley for driving under the influence of drugs. Bynes had made headlines the last few years with her erratic behavior and prior arrest for DUI in 2012. After a medical evaluation and diagnosis, and conservatorship by her parents, Ms. Bynes had appeared to be on the up and up, until this most recent arrest in the early hours of Monday morning.

TMZ is reporting that Bynes was pulled over and appeared disheveled when arrested in the early morning hours today. The actress had been arrested before with marijuana, and that appears to be why she was arrested again.

If you or someone you knows gets arrested for a DWI or drug charge in the Greater New Orleans area, please give our office a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Leah Remini, Jennifer Lopez Rear-Ended By Suspected Drunk Driver

September 29th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of www.usmagazine.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmagazine.com

Leah Remini, Jennifer Lopez and her two children were rear-ended at a stop light Saturday evening. Remini was driving the vehicle carrying Lopez and her two children, when after coming to a stop, a truck approached and rear ended the celebrity’s SUV. When Remimi left the driver’s side to assess the damage to the vehicle, the truck sped off and was apprehended a few blocks away. The driver was arrested for drunk driving and hit and run.

If you or someone you know is charged with a DWI or Hit and Run in the Greater New Orleans area, please give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Jennifer Englade Sentenced to 30 Years for Deadly DWI Crash

September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Criminal Defense, Drugs, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of www.nola.com

Photo courtesy of www.nola.com

Jennifer Englade, the woman who caused a high-speed Memorial Day crash in 2013, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in the deadly accident. Englade was driving down Airline Highway when she crossed over the median and caused a high speed crash that killed three people, including a pregnant woman. Englade was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and charged with DWI, three counts of vehicular manslaughter, and one count of feticide. She had a BAC of .15%, nearly twice the legal limit. She also had amphetamines and cocaine in her system at the time of the crash.

Englade was on probation for a previous DWI at the time of the accident, and was due in court for the probation the following month. She begged the court for leniency and explained her battle with addiction for the majority of her life, however, the Judge and District Attorney felt 30 years was a fair sentence considering the counts of vehicular manslaughter, now considered a violent crime.

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

Celebrity Chef Todd English Arrested for DWI over Labor Day Weekend

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

Celebrity chef, Todd English, was arrested over the Labor Day weekend for DWI in New York early Sunday morning. He was arrested on a county road on Long Island, and no other information is available as to why he was pulled over. He posted the $1,500 bond and was released Sunday afternoon.

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

Kenner Taking Part in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DWI Crackdown for Labor Day

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of www.nola.com

Photo courtesy of www.nola.com

Kenner is officially joining other law enforcement agencies in the state-wide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to curb DWIs during the 3-day weekend.

Labor Day is considered the official end of summer holiday, usually celebrated with BBQs, long weekend road trips, and now, a heightened DWI crackdown in Louisiana.

The long holiday weekend tends to be a time when drunk driving accidents occur more frequently. Louisiana has instituted a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which Kenner will now all be a part of.

Please always use a designated driver. However, if you do get arrested for a DWI over the long weekend, please give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com. We specialize in DWIs in the Greater New Orleans area and can represent you!

Louisiana Cracking Down on DWIs through Labor Day Weekend

August 15th, 2014 | Posted in Courts, DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Law enforcement agencies across Louisiana will be cracking down on DWIs as part of its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which provides increased money and patrols to combat DWIs. Alcohol is a factor in about 40% of Louisiana crash fatalities, and Labor Day wekend, in particular, seems to be a deadly one.

The Louisiana legislature has enacted several new laws, effective August 1st, aimed to strengthen penalties for drunk drivers as listed on www.nola.com. Below are several changes to the current laws:

1. Drunk drivers will lose their driving priviledges upon arrest and conviction and will not get them back until the terms of the conviction have been dealt with. Previously, drivers could get a temporary license while serving probation.

2. Refusals for chemical texts will be treated as a 2nd offense for driving suspension purposes if done within 10 years of a previous offense.

3. Vehicular homicide is treated as a violent crime if the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is above a .20 percentage.

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

Photo courtesy of www.tmz.com

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 »

Photo courtesy of  www.wwltv.com

Photo courtesy of www.wwltv.com

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.

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