If the police are questioning you or you have been charged with a crime, a criminal defense attorney at Bloom Legal can help. You have legal rights in the justice system and you need a lawyer to help you to devise the best strategy to reduce the chances of arrest or conviction.
It is natural to be frightened when interacting with law enforcement and facing accusations that you have committed a crime. An experienced attorney can put your mind at ease and provide answers to important questions like:
- What should I do if I’ve been charged with a crime?
- How can a lawyer help me?
- How can I choose the best criminal defense law firm for my case?
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Charged with a Crime?
If you have been charged with a crime, you need to know if you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges and the potential penalties you face. You must determine whether to plead guilty or not guilty, and whether to negotiate a plea bargain or go to trial.
The criminal justice system can be confusing if you don’t know the rules. You’ll be arraigned and will be required to enter a plea, argue for bail and prepare your case. Throughout this process, you deserve to have the best criminal attorney representing you. The first thing you should do after you have been charged with a crime is to call a lawyer.
Bloom Legal can represent you in defending against many types of criminal charges, including:
Do not hesitate to contact Bloom Legal as soon as possible after your arrest or if you are questioned by police in connection with a crime.
“Law enforcement needs more money, yet more than $20,000 per year is spent to keep a non-violent offender in prison. That is not smart. Crime is certainly not the only issue… but it must be addressed for New Orleans to prosper.”
– Attorney Seth Bloom
How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me?
In recent years, prosecutors won more than 80 percent of cases that they brought to trial in the New Orleans area. However, not every case goes to trial and you may be able to get charges against you dropped or negotiate a plea bargain to reduce the penalties.
An experienced and dedicated lawyer will help you to do everything possible to avoid conviction. The Louisiana legal system is complex and criminal defense lawyers understand the procedural and legal nuances of the system. From raising defenses to introducing reasonable doubt, your attorney will help you obtain the best possible outcome.
How Can I Choose the Best Attorney?
Your fate hangs on the balance of your criminal trial or plea bargain and you need a lawyer who is up to the task of protecting your future. To find the best criminal law firm, look for a lawyer with experience, dedication, a track-record of success, compassion and an understanding of your situation.
Bloom Legal has embraced technological innovations to provide better defense for clients and we provide personalized one-on-one service. We will work to minimize the cost and stress of your trial, reduce the times you need to come to court and do everything we can to help you get the best outcome.
Arrested in New Orleans
This city is one of most popular tourist destinations throughout the United States. A continuous number of conventions, festivals, parties, and events occur throughout the year drawing in millions of tourists and locals as well. During these celebrations and events, some partygoers and revelers may find themselves on the wrong side of municipal law. After all, this city is home to arguably the largest party of the year during their Mardi Gras festival occurring throughout Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. At Bloom Legal, counseling and representing both tourists and local residents is a very common matter. In fact, a large number of individuals are arrested every year for a whole host of municipal offenses that are generally easily expunged under the provisions of Article 893 and Article 894.
Bloom Legal will represent any individual and work to expunge their criminal charges for municipal violations, which may include:
- Disturbing the peace
- Resisting arrest
- Open container ordinance violations
- Underage drinking
- Drug possession
- Lewd conduct
- Simple battery
- Domestic violence
- Public intoxication
- Assault and battery
- Battery of a law enforcement officer
Considering that many refer to New Orleans as the most unique city in America, almost any numbers of charges have been faced by clients of Bloom Legal. For most of these individuals, Bloom Legal was able to expunge their arrest records in the state of Louisiana entirely.
Jurors are getting tougher and conviction rates are rising. Bloom Legal has embraced technological innovations to provide better defenses for clients. Call us today for a consultation.
Tourism and Partying in New Orleans
Being from out of town or partying heavily is no excuse in the eyes of law enforcement when it comes to violating municipal and criminal laws. Unfortunately, many tourists and partygoers will fall trap to these misconceptions during one or more of the many events in NOLA this year. Party and tourist events occur every day in the NOLA area. However, some events draw much more attention and traffic than others. Keeping this in mind, tourists and party goers should also note that law enforcement also seeks to enforce laws as strictly and pervasively as possible during these major events and will be arresting individuals that violate the local parish, municipal and state criminal laws.
Some of the more well-known events and locations for tourism and partying include:
- Mardi Gras, which is a prolonged festival officially commencing around January 6th with a world-renowned conclusion during Fat Tuesday in February. This massive, city-wide festival centers in the French Quarter and Bourbon Street of Orleans Parish and draws millions of tourist visitors each year. Likewise, Mardi Gras also incurs a wide range of arrests for municipal offenses related to alcohol and subsequent behaviors. Additionally, felony arrests and federal drug trafficking charges are often filed against tourists and partygoers that violate applicable laws in light of this longstanding
- Harrah’s New Orleans, which is a constantly operating casino featuring gambling, dining and other tourist hotel accommodations. Located only steps away from the Mississippi River on Canal Street, Harrah’s New Orleans sees a constant influx of tourists and locals wishing to have a good time.
- The Jazz and Heritage Festival, which celebrates the rich culture of this beautiful city and the Jazz music found here. The Jazz and Heritage Festival is held annually at the end of April. The official festival itself is located at the Fair Grounds Race Course, however, clubs and other venues host a number of shows and events related to the festival as well.
- New Year’s celebrations and the Sugar Bowl, which is generally held on New Year’s Day in the Louisiana Superdome. These events not only draw tourist traffic seeking to ring in the New Year from all over the country, but also significant media coverage surrounding the Sugar Bowl on January 1st.
- Southern Decadence, which entertains themes such as “Decadence Does Disco,” is a week long celebration catering to gay individuals in early September. Southern Decadence culminates in a huge parade throughout the French Quarter on the Sunday prior to Labor Day, with all previous events taking place near the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann streets.
- Voodoo Experience, which is a three-day music festival held annually featuring hundreds of local and mainstream performers. The Voodoo Music Experience is held the weekend before Halloween at City Park and attracts more than 100,000 concert goers in these three short days.
- New Orleans Halloween, which is a celebration that includes numerous costume balls and parades throughout the city.
- Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day, which typically falls on March 17, is just another example of the commitment to festivals, parties, and parades in NOLA.
- French Quarter Festival, which celebrates the area of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, Pauger Street, and St. Anne’s Street as a cultural center of traditions and heritage. In the French Quarter, famous strip clubs, bars, and restaurants line the landscape, including Temptations, Larry Flynt’s Barely Legal Club, Rick’s Cabaret, Johnny White’s, The Famous Door, The Cat’s Meow, Razzoo, and the famous French Quarter restaurant Galatoire’s. The French Quarter Festival is held in April.
In NOLA, there are strips clubs, bars, gay bars, restaurants, casinos, live music venues, historic hotels, and virtually someplace where anyone can have a good time. Unfortunately, the huge numbers of crowds these events bring come with criminal arrests as well as civil torts as well. Other major forms of tourist activity include the many conventions held throughout the year in the city itself, as well as in the suburb areas of Gretna and Metairie. One of the main locations for convention activities of all sorts is the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as well as the Louisiana Superdome. Some of the major events and conventions held at these venues include:
- World Cultural Economic Forum
- American Library Association
- American College of Cardiology
- The Bayou Classic
- New Orleans Bowl
- Sugar Bowl
- Saints games
- Hornets games
Legal problems are not only associated with activities and conventions in the city, but also the suburb areas and outlying areas, such as Gretna and Metairie see a number of civil claims arising from the constant influx of partygoers, tourists and vehicular traffic.
Commonly dealt with issues include car accidents, property damage claims, and personal injury claims for plaintiffs or against defendants. With such number of people converging at one location so many times throughout the year, disputes and disagreements are bound to occur, and Bloom Legal is here to assist clients wishing to rectify any outstanding ones from their visit to New Orleans. The city is virtually never without some form of a parade, festival or party going on in the city limits of Orleans Parish. Likewise, most of these events have at least a little touch of the controlled craziness, well-known from Mardi Gras events of past years.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Criminal Attorney
For locals and tourists embroiled in civil litigation or criminal charges following their evening out in New Orleans, Bloom Legal can assist in expunging these charges or settling any and all civil cases.
Do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible after your arrest or if you are being questioned by police in connection with a crime. Call Bloom Legal today at 504-517-0487, or contact us online now to schedule your case evaluation and learn more about how we can provide criminal defense services tailored to your needs.
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