Criminal Defense for Residents and Visitors
Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Criminal Defense
Facing an arrest is frightening and the stakes are high as you could end up with jail time and a criminal record. When you are arrested in New Orleans as a local resident or when visiting for events like Mardi Gras, the arrest can also follow you home and you could be forced to come back to deal with the charges.
The New Orleans criminal defense law firm of Bloom Legal understands how upsetting it can be to face arrest and we know how important it is for you to get the best possible outcome when dealing with the criminal justice system. As we explain in our video on Criminal Defense, we know the criminal laws in Louisiana very well and we can make the law work for you.
Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help
Bloom Legal represents clients accused of a variety of different types of crimes. As our video mentions, we are here to help if you have been charged with a drug crime, if you have received a traffic ticket, or if you have outstanding arrest warrants against you.
After you have been arrested, you will be booked into the system and will have the arrest on your criminal record. You will have to decide whether to plead not guilty or whether to admit you committed the criminal act and try to negotiate a plea bargain to avoid harsh penalties. You may also be able to enter into a diversion program to avoid a criminal record. A New Orleans criminal defense lawyer at Bloom Legal will evaluate the facts of your case and the evidence against you in order to help you to decide how best to proceed in your case.
If you decide to fight the charges, we will help you to explore the defenses available to you and to consider whether any evidence can be kept out of court. If police did not read you your rights or if your right against unlawful search and seizure was violated, the illegally collected evidence will be suppressed. Prosecutors will not be able to present it as proof of your guilt, and you could be found innocent or the prosecutor could be forced to drop the charges due to the lack of evidence.
You need to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty of all criminal charges. A New Orleans criminal defense lawyer can help you to capitalize on weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case to introduce reasonable doubt in court. We can also assist in presenting affirmative defenses, which means that you argue that you had justification for committing the alleged criminal acts.
We understand that you likely want to resolve your criminal charges as quickly as possible while avoiding conviction or minimizing penalties. We can try to limit court appearances and seek a speedy resolution to your claim, which is especially important when you live out of state.
To learn more about how the New Orleans criminal defense law firm of Bloom Legal can represent you, watch our video on Criminal Defense and call today to speak with a member of our legal team.