Posts Tagged ‘DUI’

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.

Hardy Boyz: Facing Multiple Legal Troubles

September 19th, 2011 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Drugs, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Matt Moore Hardy, 36, is facing legal troubles with driving while impaired. The police report claims Hardy was under the influence of drugs, not alcohol; the breathalyzer test was negative.

Hardy was on probation with his Wrestling company when State troopers charged him on Aug. 20 with driving while impaired after he crashed his 2009 Chevrolet Corvette into a tree. This arrest caused TNA Wrestling to fire Hardy.

Meanwhile, last week Jeff Hardy pleaded guilty to three felony drug charges and was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail and pay a $100,000 fine, followed by 30 months on probation.

If you or anyone you know has been arrested for DWI/DUI, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a free case evaluation.

DWI Checkpoint Tonight in the Treme Area!

September 9th, 2011 | Posted in DUI/DWI, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

NOPD has issued a statement today indicating that it will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint TONIGHT (FRIDAY 9/9) in the Treme area from approximately 9pm to 5am. No specific indication as to the location of the checkpoint will be released.

Photo Courtesy of dallasnews.com

Drivers are advised to have the proper documentation (proof of insurance, registration, driver’s license, etc) available if requested.

Check out our printable Glovebox Reference Guide for information regarding how to respond when pulled over or arrested for DWI.

While we certainly do not condone this type of behavior, should you or someone you know get behind the wheel after a night at the bar and get arrested or charged with a DUI/DWI, Bloom Legal is here (504-599-9997) to provide assistance to you in getting all of your affairs back in order.

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Intoxicated Driver Injures Cabbie

July 29th, 2011 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Early Sunday morning 21-year-old Thomas Eagan’s SUV struck a cab at the corner of Freret and Audubon before barreling through the doors of the United Methodist Campus Center on Tulane’s campus.

Photo Courtesy of uptownmessenger.com

Those involved in the accident, Eagan, the cab’s driver and three passengers, were hospitalized on Sunday. With the exception of the taxi driver, everyone has been released or is in stable condition. Our prayers are with the cab driver who remains in intensive care.

Eagan has been charged with driving while intoxicated and more serious charges may be filed depending on the health of the other driver. This is a reminder that the decision to drive drunk can have life altering consequences.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a DUI, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a free legal consultation.

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