Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans DWI lawyer’

Former ‘Survivor’ Runner-Up Arrested for DWI in Baton Rouge

January 14th, 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, DUI/DWI by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of TMZ.com

Photo courtesy of TMZ.com

Saturday night Jessica Kiper, former contestant on ‘Survivor: Gabon’, hit the back of a parked vehicle in Baton Rouge and was arrested on suspicion of DWI. After failing to follow instructions for the Breathalyzer, Kiper was arrested and placed in the police vehicle, where she snapped a photo and tweeted about her arrest.

Kiper was also on Celebrity Rehab for alcohol and various drug addictions.

If you or someone you know gets arrested for DWI, give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Erin Henderson, Vikings Linebacker, Arrested for DWI Again

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

Photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

Photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

According to the Huffington Post, Erin Henderson, Vikings Linebacker, was arrested again for driving while intoxicated. He was stopped in a suburb near the Eden Prairie headquarters for the Vikings. He was still in jail as of Thursday morning and was charged with 3 counts of driving under the influence and suspended driver’s license. He was previously arrested in mid-November for similar charges.

If you or someone you know gets arrested for DWI, give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

A Guide to Louisana Driver’s License Suspension Periods

December 30th, 2013 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Period of Suspension

Bloom Legal would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Please remember to be safe over the holiday. Drinking and driving is a serious offense that carries both criminal and civil charges. As we have discussed previously, it is the outcome of these civil charges which will determine the status of one’s license.

Under this Louisiana law, you consent to take a breath, blood, or urine test if you are lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe that you have been driving or boating while intoxicated. The basis of these laws is the belief that driving is a privilege, not a right. Like all privileges, your privilege to drive can be taken away from you if you abuse it. Many factors can determine the duration of your license suspension. Here is a breakdown of the possible license suspension one faces after being charged with a DWI.

If you are 21 years of age & over and you consent to the breathalyzer test:
If your blow was .08 to .19 then on your first offense you will likely be sentenced to a 90 days license suspension. If it is your second offense or more in 5 years, you will likely be sentenced to a 1 year license suspension.
If your blow was .20 and over then on your first offense you will likely be sentenced to a 2 year license suspension. If it is your second offense or more in 5 years, you will likely be sentenced to a 4 year license suspension.

If you are under 21 years of age and you consent to the breathalyzer test:
If your blow was .02 to .19 then you will likely be sentenced to a 180 day license suspension.

If you refuse the breathalyzer test:
If this your first refusal, you will likely be sentenced to a 1 year license suspension. If you have refused previously within the last 5 years, you will likely be sentenced to a 5 year license suspension.

Every case is different and we cannot predict the outcome of your individual case. It is important to consult a lawyer regarding the facts of your case. Never drink and drive. If you are planning on drinking, always use a designated driver. If you are intoxicated and you do get arrested, 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 by contacting us at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

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.

NOPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Friday Dec. 27th

December 26th, 2013 | 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, Friday, December 27, 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.

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.

Harahan Police Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday Dec. 21st

December 20th, 2013 | 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 Harahan Police Department will be conducting a DWI Checkpoint, Saturday, December 21, at an undisclosed location in Harahan. The checkpoint will begin around 8pm and end at 2am.

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.

NOPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Friday Dec. 20

December 20th, 2013 | 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, Friday, December 20, 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.

Louisiana Man Arrested for DWI Dressed as Buddy the Elf

December 18th, 2013 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo courtesy of nydailynews.com

Photo courtesy of nydailynews.com

Early Sunday morning, a man dressed as Buddy the Elf from the Christmas favorite “Elf” was arrested for drunk driving in Lafayette.

Around the holidays checkpoints usually tend to increase as the number of holiday parties rise. Never drink and drive.

Please check our DWI Checkpoints page here to look at checkpoints previous locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

If you are arrested for a DWI, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

Reminder: NOPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, Dec. 13th

December 13th, 2013 | 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, Friday, December 13, 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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