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Are You Drunk? DWI Lawyers Explain Field Sobriety Tests

Have you had one too many? Police officers in Louisiana will decide if you should be arrested for DWI by administering one, or a few, of the following field sobriety tests, explained by New Orleans DWI attorneys at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC.

Field Sobriety Tests Infographic

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Can Marijuana Impair Driving?

Person Holding a Marijuana CigaretteMost people only talk about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when it comes to DWI charges. However, alcohol is not the only culprit of driving impairment.

The New York Times recently published an article on the lack of attention that has been devoted to marijuana as a drug that impairs driving. When it comes to DWI charges, marijuana has taken the back seat, but this does not mean that it does not have its own dangers and legal consequences. [Read more…]

Pop Music Sings of Drinking without the Consequences

teen drivingWhat does Ke$ha brush her teeth with in the morning? What brand of liquor does LMFAO like? What alcohol brand name does Snoop Dogg drop in his song “I Drink I Smoke”?

If you know the answer to any of these questions, or if your child does, listen up. A recent study published last month, referenced in NPR and USA Today, found a correlation between exposure to music containing alcohol brand references and alcohol-related behaviors among adolescents. It stated that adolescents who like music that references alcohol are three times as likely to drink and twice as likely to binge than those who do not like these songs. [Read more…]

To Get an Attorney, or Not to Get an Attorney: That Is the Question

DUI arrestLast month, a 23-year-old woman was arrested in Baton Rouge for attempting to destroy her DWI charge.

According to an article in The Times-Picayune, Jana Pourciau crashed her car into an elementary school fence off of LA Hwy 977 late at night on April 12. Pourciau was arrested on a DWI charge and taken to the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid-City for her injuries, where doctors collected a toxicology report.

Ten days later, Pourciau emailed and called the State Police Crime Lab, pretending to be a court official. She told them to destroy her blood sample from the wreck “because the case had been dismissed and was not going to be prosecuted.” She was arrested for false impersonation and forgery at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. [Read more…]

Slurp Down Some Oysters at the New Orleans Oyster Fest

A Plate of OystersWhere else but New Orleans can you find an oyster-slurping competition? It’s that time of the year again! The countdown for the New Orleans Oyster Festival is on.

Louisiana is known for its seafood and oysters. And although the seafood industry took a hard hit after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, they have bounced right back. Now, the French Quarter is one of the biggest oyster producers in the nation and has been dubbed the Oyster Capital of America. [Read more…]

Bicycling Under the Influence

Two People Riding BicyclesBiking is becoming an increasingly common way of traveling the roadways in cities and towns across the United States, and, as with any other method of transportation, safety is a concern.  Laws against drunk driving are relatively apparent but what about biking under the influence?

The dangers of drunk driving are apparent and so are the consequences of being charged with a DUI.  But, for bicyclists pedaling home after a few drinks at the bar the rules and consequences aren’t so clear.

According to an article from the Huffington Post, this is an issue that is taken rather lightly by citizens and lawmakers.  Events in cities and towns nationwide actually encourage people to head home on their bike after a boozy night out despite well-documented dangers of bicycling under the influence. [Read more…]

New Orleans Birdfoot Festival

Hands Playing the PianoIf you’re a fan of live music and a lover of New Orleans history and culture, then there is a festival for you. The Birdfoot Festival celebrates New Orleans’s classical heritage with the goal of broadening access to live music performances in the area.

The Festival was founded in 2011 by New Orleans community members and professional musicians and has brought tasteful, professional chamber music to New Orleans. [Read more…]

Do We Need Sentencing Reform in Louisiana?

Jail CellDid you know that 868 of every 100, 000 citizens in the state of Louisiana is in prison?  Even more surprising than that: more than 44 percent of those inmates are serving sentences for nonviolent crimes, compared to only 41 percent serving sentences for violent crime.

Why is this so?  Since the 1970s, Louisiana has had some of the harshest mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses in the country.  An example of this would be offenders possessing a small amount of marijuana being sentenced to four years in prison, minimum.

A significant number of crimes that carry mandatory minimum prison sente [Read more…]

Possible Penalties for DWI Conviction in Louisiana

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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Officers Target Underage Drinking and Driving

Person Driving a CarDriving while intoxicated is considered a relatively serious offense in Louisiana. When a person below the legal drinking age gets behind the wheel with an elevated blood alcohol concentration level, the consequences could be even more severe.

This April, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission focused their DWI Task Force patrols on motorists under the age of 21 who choose to drink and drive. The campaign was an effort to keep young drivers safe during the season of proms, graduations and end of school parties. [Read more…]