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Marijuana Legalization Complicates Road Safety and DWI Laws

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Marijuana smoker

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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New Orleans: Vive la France!

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Bastille Day

Parlez-vous français? Well, this is your chance! The French National Holiday is this month and the city of New Orleans is about to come alive with its French-ness and celebrate its roots.

On July 14, 1789, an angry mob of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a prison fortress in Paris. The Bastille was a symbol of the Royal authority in France, and this day marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the movement toward democracy. Bastille Day, known to the French as le quatorze juillet (The 14th of July) and la fête nationale (The National Holiday), is the French equivalent of our Independence Day. [Read more…]

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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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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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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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7 Romantic New Orleans Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

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7 Romantic New Orleans Restaurants for Valentine's Day | Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLCValentine’s Day in New Orleans, Louisiana, is nearly here. The question for most of us in the Crescent City is, “Where should I make my Valentine’s Day dinner reservations?”

New Orleans offers so many romantic restaurants, making the choice very difficult. That’s why we’re giving you the top seven romantic restaurants in New Orleans, selected by Go Nola. [Read more…]

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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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Weird Laws in Louisiana

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

Throughout the history of New Orleans and Louisiana, there have been laws made that are, well, questionable, at best. Many of them are not still enforced, but do remain in existence.

What are some of these laws, you ask? As experienced criminal defense and personal injury attorneys in New Orleans, we’ve collected some of Louisiana’s silliest laws for your legal humor pleasure.

According to The Dumb Network, LLC, kooky laws in the Pelican State include: [Read more…]

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