I was partying in the French Quarter. I was arrested for possession of marijuana. I’m not from Louisiana. What can I do?
The French Quarter is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the country. Known for its fun vibe and crazy antics, people from all over the world flock to this area in New Orleans. With all the partying that takes place, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) keep a close watch on Bourbon Street and the surrounding neighborhoods in the French Quarter.
What to Do After an Arrest in the French Quarter
Being arrested by the NOPD is scary. If you’re not from Louisiana, it’s even more frightening.
In Louisiana, crimes work a little bit differently than in other parts of the country. You are not charged right away for your crime. Instead, prosecutors have 45 days to specify the charges you will face for a misdemeanor offense—and 60 days for a felony. During this time, the district attorney’s office reviews your arrest and decides what crime to charge you with. It is not always the same crime as you were arrested for and accused of committing.
Getting a lawyer on your side as soon as possible is critical, especially if you are from out of town! When finding a lawyer in New Orleans, there are three core things you must look for:
- Experience. You need your lawyer to have experience working in the court systems so that while you’re back at home, you have an established connection here in New Orleans working on your case. Your lawyer will start talking to the right people and get your case moving in the right direction.
- Around-the-clock contact. You are in another time zone. You might need a lawyer after normal business hours. Look for a legal practice where someone will answer the phones around the clock, 365 days a year.
- Team defense. Planning your defense takes a village, even for misdemeanor charges. Find a New Orleans criminal defense attorney backed by a team to help you put together the strongest defense possible.
At Mordock Law Group, we work with many people arrested in the French Quarter. We know what you’re going through and we’re here to help. Contact us today at 504-304-2335 to start your case!