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Possible Penalties for DWI Conviction in Louisiana

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A DWI charge in Louisiana can be confusing. Will I have to pay a fine? Lose my license? Go to jail? In an effort to answer these questions, the experienced DWI attorneys at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC address this question.

Louisiana DWI Penalites | New Orleans, LA DWI Attorney | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC


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Enjoy the Ferdi Special at Mother’s in New Orleans

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Mother's Restaurant | New Orleans, LA | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCWhen searching for the world’s best baked ham (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), you may envision scouring restaurants across the country.

Luckily for us, and anyone that lives near New Orleans, the world’s best baked ham is right across the street from the Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC office (at least that’s what the sign says).

Mother’s is a classic New Orleans restaurant located at 401 Poydras Street. We often visit the unique local favorite for a Ferdi Special (a po’ boy packed with baked ham, roast beef, debris and gravy) or classic jambalaya.

According to the restaurant’s website, Mother’s opened it’s doors in 1938 along Poydras Street’s “Restaurant Row,” wedged between the courthouse and the thriving New Orleans waterfront. [Read more…]

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DWI Risks Increase after Riding with Impaired Drivers

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DWI Risk Teen Drivers | New Orleans, LA DWI Attorney | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCA new government study referenced in USA Today states that teens are more likely to drive while inebriated when exposed to similar behavior as a passenger.

The study shows that the more frequently a teen rides with an impaired driver, the more likely the passenger would drive while intoxicated themselves. In addition, there was a correlation found between drivers who got their driver’s license early being twice as likely as students who received their license in the 12th grade to report driving while impaired, according to a Pediatrics study.

2,500 10th graders were studied starting from 2009-2010 and continued until through the 12th grade.  [Read more…]

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What Should I Do To Pursue A Personal Injury Claim?

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Personal Injury Attorney | New Orleans, LA | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCAt Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC, we are often asked by our clients, “What should I do to pursue a personal injury claim?”

We use a number of criteria in order to help you determine if you should pursue a personal injury claim.  There is no standard approach to a personal injury case, but here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to file suit: [Read more…]

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Ex-UFC Champion Charged with DUI

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Tito Ortiz DUI | New Orleans, LA DWI Attorney | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCUFC is becoming one of America’s most popular sports, now seen frequently on mainstream programs like ESPN and FOX. With the growing fame of these mixed martial athletes, however, the media spotlight has revealed some mishaps, some of them law-breaking.

Last month, ex-UFC champion Tito Ortiz became all too familiar with the unwanted attention. After crashing his Porsche on a Los Angeles freeway, he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.

According to an article from FOX Sports, the ex-fighter ran into a concrete median at 4 a.m. in his 2012 Porsche Panamera, with two passengers in the vehicle as well.

Once police arrived on the scene, Ortiz was administered a Breathalyzer test. He blew a .12 BAC, well above the legal .08.

After being arrested, Ortiz was taken to the local police station, where bond was set at $15,000.

Apparently, Ortiz had been at the Playboy mansion earlier in the evening for a BCS National Championship pre-party. The DWI he was arrested for is a misdemeanor charge.

As you can see, officers are enforcing DWI laws strictly around the entire country. If you show any sign of intoxication or are involved in a late-night crash as Ortiz was here, you could be arrested on suspicion of DWI.

If you have been charged with a DWI in New Orleans, waiting to reach out for help only hurts your chances of clearing your name. Contact an experienced DWI attorney right away if you are suspected of driving while intoxicated in or near New Orleans, Louisiana.

This article’s photo comes courtesy of Flickr contributor, Twang Photography

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Infographic: DWI Statistics in Louisiana Improving

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The number alcohol-related fatalities in Louisiana is decreasing, but by how much? Find out more about DWI statistics in Louisiana in our infographic below.

Louisiana DWI Statistics | New Orleans, Louisana Defense Attorney | Harmon Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC

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Eat at Liborio’s Cuban Restaurant in New Orleans

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Liborio's Cuban Restaurant | New Orleans, LA | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCWhen clients visit our 400 Poydras Street office in New Orleans, many of them ask for a recommendation for lunch. I rack my brain for nearby places to send them, with so many great options available.

For lunch, I typically recommend a unique little restaurant less than two blocks away from our office door.

Liborio’s Cuban Restaurant, a quaint, lively spot at 321 Magazine Street, prides itself as “New Orleans’s longest operating restaurant.” [Read more…]

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Ambulance Driver Charged with DWI

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Ambulance Driver Charged With DUI | New Orleans, LA DWI Attorney | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCThroughout life, we all make mistakes. At times, however, those mistakes may be amplified or caused by alcohol. What’s more, if you are a public servant or work for the government, your actions involving alcohol may garner intense media scrutiny.

For example, an ambulance driver was recently charged with a DUI after a crash in Chicago.

A Chicago Tribune article detailed the incident in a recent article. The driver’s BAC was three times the legal limit. He ran a red light with his emergency lights and sirens on, crashing into a pickup truck in a suburban neighborhood. [Read more…]

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What To Do At DWI Traffic Stop in Louisiana

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How To Handle a DWI Traffic Stop |As an experienced DWI defense attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana, I am often asked what one should do when stopped at a DWI checkpoint.

When stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Louisiana, officers will likely ask you the following questions:

Have you been drinking today?

Remember, everything you say and do is likely being recorded by audio or video, or will be written in the police report. The correct answer is always, “No,” not, “I drank two beers.” [Read more…]

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New Orleans November Festivals

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New Orleans November festivals - DUI attorney - Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCResidents of New Orleans know that November is one of the largest festival months of the year. Trust us: there is a festival, party, event, or fair to your liking; you just have to search for it.

In the spirit of the festivities, we at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias have pulled together a list of Louisiana festivals in November:

  • Louisiana Renaissance Festival: Three hundred costumed medieval characters create a Renaissance village in Hammond, Louisiana. Enjoy live stage shows, jousting, craft demonstrations, falconry, and music. Nov. 2-8. [Read more…]
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