New Orleans is one of the premiere travel destinations in the world. We get a lot of phone calls from tourists who come to New Orleans to enjoy the food and culture and unfortunately end up getting in a bit of trouble.
Laws can vary greatly from state to state. For instance New Orleans is one of the few places in the US without an open container law, meaning you can drink alcohol in most public spaces. However, many people visiting the city don’t realize that there are stipulations to this law. For instance, you can’t drink from a glass container outside. Check out our guide to visiting New Orleans and get some more tips for having a good time in the city while staying out of trouble.
Driving In An Unfamiliar City
Many cities are arranged like a gridwork, but as anyone who has spent any time driving around New Orleans will know, these streets are more like a labyrinth than anything. Streets twist and curve, one-way streets suddenly reverse direction. Navigating the city can be a challenge to say the least. On top of that, there’s the whole left turn situation in New Orleans. The medians that separate most of the city’s main roads are littered with no turn signs, and you can only turn at very specific places. Especially at night, driving in an unfamiliar city, it’s easy to get lost or take a wrong turn. Next thing you know you’re getting pulled over—or worse, you find yourself in an accident. Unfortunately, it’s a story we hear all too often from our clients from out of town. Remember, never drink and drive. Always drink responsibly. If you do get pulled over, you don’t want to make a bad situation worse. Not only that, but when you drink and drive you’re a threat not only to yourself but everyone else on the road as well. There’s always a better way at the end of the a fun night—take a Lyft or Uber, or designate a DD.
What To Do If You Get In Trouble While Visiting New Orleans
We wish that everyone that came to visit our city could have a great time, stay safe, and leave happy. Unfortunately, we know that sometimes bad things happen to good people. If you run into legal trouble while in New Orleans, you need local representation to help deal with your issues. The logistics of getting into trouble with the law become further complicated when it happens away from your home. Questions arise like: will you have to go back to appear in court? How do you find a good lawyer? Will you be able to travel home if you have pending charges? An experienced local lawyer will be able to help you navigate these issues and more. It’s important to hire a lawyer local to the area where you received charges or a ticket, or whatever the issue may be. They will be able to assist you in navigating the laws specific to that area, which could be different than where you’re from. In many cases, an attorney can represent on your behalf in court, so that you don’t have to spend additional time and money traveling back.
Let Us Work For You
Bloom Legal has been serving the greater New Orleans area for a decade and a half, and know the in’s and out’s of the courts here. We work with tourists and folks from out of town all the time. Whether you ran into trouble in the French Quarter, were charged with a DUI, or left town with a traffic ticket or summons—we can help. We will represent you whenever possible, so that you don’t have to return to New Orleans for anything other than a good time. In the case that you do need to appear in court, we will help arrange everything to make it as painless as possible. It’s the unfortunate reality that sometimes a good time can turn into a bad one. We make it our job to take care of your problem efficiently and effectively, so that you can get back to your life and start saving for the next getaway. Call today for a free consultation and let us show you why we’re the New Orleans law firm for you.