Posts Tagged ‘DUI’

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.

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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.

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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.

LSU to Brew and Sell Beer

July 20th, 2011 | Posted in Local Issues by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

On Wednesday Louisiana State University made the announcement that it will be brewing and selling its own beer. The names and types of the beer are still unknown, but university spokesman Ernie Ballard has been forthcoming with other information.

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Currently the logos and can designs are being finalized, and the university hopes to have the beer ready for sale in September or October, just in time for football season.

LSU’s food science department was integral in developing the product, even allowing university classes to assist in creating the brew’s recipe. Initial plans to create a microbrewery on campus have been scrapped, and the university will be partnering with local companies for brewing and distribution.

The beer will be delivered to stores by Mockler Beverage and brewed by local Tin Roof Brewing Co. The Baton Rouge area brewery already produces Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale and Perfect Tin Amber.

LSU football and LSU beer seems like a match made in heaven, but some question the wisdom of a university sponsored beer. Similar to the resistance Anheuser Busch received after creating university branded cans, some worry about the potential for underage drinking and alcohol abuse.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a DUI or an MIP, contact a New Orleans defense attorney at Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a free case evaluation.

Rodney King Arrested for DUI

July 13th, 2011 | Posted in DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

More than twenty years after King was famously beaten by members of the Los Angeles Police Department, he has been arrested again for suspicion of driving under the influence.

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In March of 1991 King was brutally beaten by police officers after fleeing police on the freeway. A bystander recorded the beating, which subsequently became national news and, after a predominantly white jury failed to return a guilty verdict for any of the officers, spurred the 1992 Los Angeles riots. On the third day King made his famous appeal for peace, “can we all get along?”

Since that time, things have not gone smoothly for King. He has struggled with substance abuse and alcoholism, appearing on the television shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House. In March King was given a citation for an expired license, but now he finds himself in more serious legal trouble.

Yesterday officers witnessed King’s car commit several traffic violations. After pulling King over, the officers suspected him of being intoxicated, and sent him to Moreno Valley Police Department where he was eventually booked for suspicion of driving under the influence.

We wish Mr. King the best luck with his legal troubles and his ongoing battle with alcoholism. If you or anyone you know has been arrested for DUI, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a free case evaluation.

Troopers Plan DWI Crackdown for Holiday Weekend

July 1st, 2011 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

With Essence Fest bringing crowds to New Orleans for the weekend and the 4th of July close behind, Louisiana state troopers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. State law enforcement will be using overtime grants to set up extra DUI checkpoints and to put more patrol cars on the road. Check out our glove box guide for tips on how to handle a DUI checkpoint or traffic stop.Photo Courtesy of asktheazduiattorney.com

Troopers will not be limiting themselves to DUI arrests this weekend. They have warned that drivers not wearing seat belts, unrestrained children, speeders, and tailgaters will also be targeted. If you are pulled over, it is important not to argue with an officer but to be respectful and argue a ticket or citation through legal channels.

Essence should draw an especially large audience this year with a star studded lineup. Usher will headline tonight, and Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Trey Songz will perform throughout the weekend. The large crowds and increased police presence is a recipe for DUI and public intoxication arrests.

If you or anyone you know is arrested over the 4th of July/ Essence Fest weekend, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a free case evaluation.

Man Sentenced to 20 Years After 9th DUI

February 16th, 2011 | Posted in DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Fifty-eight year old Jack Mizer is well acquainted with the legal proceedings for a DUI, having received 9 of them, but his latest charge will carry a heftier sentence than the rest. In court he was called the greatest threat to public safety in Maricopa County, AZ and ordered to serve two consecutive ten year sentences for felony counts of driving under the influence.

Jack Mizer Photo Courtesy of kpho.com

Mizer was previously charged with a DUI for drinking a beer while a toddler standing on his lap steered the vehicle. On February 6th of last year he was arrested for the eighth time after driving his truck in a bike lane with an astounding .293 blood alcohol level. After posting a $25,000 bond, Mizer managed to avoid incarceration for an impressive seventeen days before taking the wheel with a blood alcohol level of .278.

Many DUI charges are the result of a single poor decision, but in this case it is obvious that Mizer has a problem with alcohol abuse. In light of the number and magnitude of his offenses, which border on comical, the legal system was forced to take action to ensure the community’s safety.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with DUI, it is important to seek legal counsel. Contact Bloom Legal at 599-9997 for a free, no obligation consultation.

Free Cab Rides on New Year’s Eve

December 31st, 2010 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

In their ongoing effort to reduce drunk driving accidents, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will be offering free cab rides home to any Jefferson Parish resident who has had too much to drink this New Year’s Eve.

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If you have a few too many drinks tonight, don’t get behind the wheel. Call 911 and request your free cab ride. You must tell the dispatcher your location, and a taxi will be sent to take you home. The program only allows for free rides from locations within Jefferson Parish to any residence in the parish. The program does not allow for free rides from any other area, including New Orleans.

If you are celebrating the new year, think ahead and plan a sober ride home. The Safe Ride Home Program should reduce the number of drunk drivers on the rode, but officers will still be patrolling the streets. If you or anyone you know is charged with a DUI, Bloom Legal can be contacted at 599-9997 for the best DUI defense in the city.

Kenner City Council Committee to Meet About Regulations for Alcoholic Beverage Outlets

August 12th, 2010 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

A committee created by the Kenner City Council last week, after a proposal to require bars to close between 2 am and 6 am was voted down, will be meeting for the first time this Monday.

The committee will be discussing instances of crime near alcoholic beverage outlets in the early mornings. While it is unclear exactly what will be on the docket, there remains a possibility that the City Council may soon issue new policies limiting the hours during which alcohol can be made available for sale.

The committee’s primary concern appears to be reducing instances of drunk driving and reckless operation. 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 to provide assistance to you in getting all of your affairs back in order. Contact us at 504-599-9997 for a free consultation.

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