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3 Ways to Leisurely Spend Your NOLA Labor Day Weekend

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new orleansAfter the 4th of July life seems to fly by at lightning speed. The summer disappears before your very eyes and all of a sudden it is time to go back to school. Time to return to the laborious homework, teacher-parent meetings, and endless sports games.

Luckily, Labor Day provides that final long weekend before the hectic school year kicks in. You want to relax, take time with family, and soak up a few more New Orleans rays before the summer is through.

Here at Harmon, Smith, & Vourvoulias, LLC, we have the same exact mindset. We thought we’d share a few relaxing ways to spend your weekend! [Read more…]

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Marijuana Legalization Complicates Road Safety and DWI Laws

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With the legalization of marijuana in the United States on the rise, states cannot agree on the best way to keep our roads safe. Drunk driving is much easier to regulate. Police often rely on the Breathalyzer, which can be administered on the roadside, to accurately determine a driver’s blood alcohol content. Alcohol is also much more predictable than marijuana in terms of how the body processes it. Therefore, it holds true for most people that their judgment and functioning is significantly impaired past the legal BAC limit of 0.08 percent.

This is not the case for marijuana. First of all, levels of THC—the psychoactive chemical in marijuana—cannot be detected with a Breathalyzer as can alcohol. In fact, the best measure of THC is through a blood sample, which must be taken at a hospital. [Read more…]

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Infographic: DWI Arrests Per Louisiana Parish

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Which Louisiana parish has the most DWI arrests each year? New Orleans defense lawyers at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC give the breakdown below.

DWI Arrests in Louisiana Per Parish

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Slurp Down Some Oysters at the New Orleans Oyster Fest

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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…]

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New Orleans Birdfoot Festival

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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…]

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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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Officers Target Underage Drinking and Driving

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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…]

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Guide to New Orleans, Louisiana for Mardi Gras 2014

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Mardi Gras 2014 | New Orleans, LA DWI Attorney | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCNew Orleans, Louisiana is famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations.  However, there are so many things to do and see, forcing most to ask themselves, “How should I spend my time at Mardi Gras?”

Below is a helpful guide to understanding all there is to do at Mardi Gras, courtesy of CBS Miami: [Read more…]

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St. Charles Parish Man Charged with DWI after Deputy Death

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St. Charles Parish Deputy Sheriff Death Leads To DWI Charge | New Orleans, LA | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCAs a DWI attorney in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, I’ve seen many drunk driving accidents over the years. One such crash caught my attention recently, however, with a shocking fatality.

A Luling man has been charged with DWI after a wreck that killed St. Charles Parish deputy sheriff Jeff Watson. The grand jury has indicted the defendant, however, deciding not to charge him with causing Watson’s death.

According to The Times-Picayune, toxicology reports indicate that the driver’s blood alcohol level was .10 at the time of the wreck. The legal BAC in Louisiana is .08. [Read more…]

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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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