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Navigating an Arrest in New Orleans While Visiting From Out-of-State


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Disclaimer: The following article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal assistance, consult an attorney immediately.

New Orleans is a city that beckons tourists with its rich history, vibrant culture, and lively entertainment. However, if you're visiting from another state and find yourself arrested, the experience can be incredibly stressful and confusing. At Moisant Law Firm, we understand the unique challenges faced by out-of-state visitors who find themselves entangled in the Louisiana legal system. Samantha Moisant, the firm's founder, used to be a prosecutor for the New Orleans DA office. Her extensive experience and deep understanding of the ins and outs of the New Orleans court system make her exceptionally qualified to guide you through this difficult situation. Reach us at 225-803-0596 for immediate assistance


What Happens Immediately After You Get Arrested in New Orleans

1. Initial Detainment

After being arrested, you'll be handcuffed and read your Miranda rights. You'll then be transported to a local detention facility, most likely the Orleans Parish Prison.

2. Booking

Upon arrival, you'll go through the booking process, which includes fingerprinting, photographing, and documenting your personal information. Your belongings will be cataloged and stored.

3. Initial Appearance

Within 72 hours, you'll be brought before a judge for your initial appearance. The judge will inform you of the charges against you and may set bail.

4. Contacting Legal Representation

You'll have the opportunity to make a phone call. Use this time to contact a legal representative. Given Samantha Moisant's background as a former prosecutor she would be able to help you with the situation you are facing. Contact Moisant Law Firm or call us directly at 225-803-0596.

Practical Tips for Out-of-State Visitors

  • Emergency Funds: Keep a reserve of emergency funds accessible. You may need this for bail or other unexpected expenses.

  • Local Contacts: If you have friends or family in Louisiana, let them know about your situation. They may be able to assist in various ways, such as providing a local address or helping with bail.

  • Stay Informed: Louisiana laws can differ significantly from those in your home state. Make it a point to understand the local laws, especially those that tourists commonly run afoul of, like public intoxication or jaywalking.

  • Documentation: Keep all your legal documents, such as your ID, driver's license, and any insurance policies, in a safe but easily accessible place. You'll need these for identification and potential legal procedures.

  • Communication: Keep an open line of communication with your attorney and follow their

Local Resources:

Being arrested while visiting from another state can be a harrowing experience, but you don't have to navigate it alone. Contact Moisant Law Firm today for a free consultation. With Samantha Moisant's unique background and expertise, and the convenience of 24/7 availability, we specialize in helping out-of-state visitors and can guide you through each step of the legal process.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Consult with a qualified attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.


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