What to Expect if You are Arrested in New Orleans
Seth: New Orleans is a popular tourist spot. The New York Times has rated us the number one travel spot in the country. Next year we’re expecting 10+-million visitors, so a lot of people come here and need our legal services in New Orleans. Tell us a little bit about what happens if you get arrested in New Orleans.
David: Well, there’s obviously plenty of things that you can be arrested for. Hopefully, when you visit our city you’re not. But, if it’s a misdemeanor charge, a lot of times it’s in city court. There’s things that you need to realize, as far as when you’re arrested, if you’re let out on bond, about leaving the jurisdiction if you’re not here.
Seth: So, if you’re let out on bond, that doesn’t mean the case is over, does it.
David: No, not at all. Not at all. It’s just beginning. A lot of times it could be in a screening process, where the district attorney or the city attorney is trying to decide if they want to file charges. But, if you need to return home, you need an attorney to file a motion for you to leave the jurisdiction.
Seth: And I think we see a lot of, you know, people get arrested for all sorts of serious crimes, but at the same time, a lot of our tourist crimes are things like public drunkenness, disturbing the peace, criminal trespass. Most of these involve alcohol, involve the French Quarter, involve partying. So these are the kind of things we help people… And a lot of the people who get arrested for this have never been arrested before. Maybe they’ve had a little bit too much to drink, or kind of misbehaved, in that New Orleans, Mardi Gras atmosphere.
David: Yeah, that’s something too. Hiring an attorney. If you live out of state, we can file a motion so you can leave the jurisdiction. We can also appear in court for you, so you don’t have to travel back every time you have a court date, which is definitely something that can help mitigate travel costs and things of that nature.
Seth: So, you’ve heard it. So, if you are arrested while visiting New Orleans, and you need assistance, we can meet. Call us 24/7 at 504-599-9997. We’re happy to help you, and get you back to where you need to be going. We can file motions for you to leave the jurisdiction. We can stand on your behalf and go from there. So give us a call if you need any help and you’re arrested here in New Orleans while visiting. Thank you so much.