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What to do if you get arrested
Dealing with the police and the court system in New Orleans can be difficult for out-of-town visitors. Bail is usually higher and more difficult to post, even for minor offenses, if you are not local.
Tourists, convention participants and partygoers should be aware that the New Orleans Police Department enforces laws as strictly as possible and arrests individuals that violate municipal, and state criminal laws no matter what the circumstances.
THE GOOD NEWS is that a good lawyer can most often get you out of jail without the need to post bond at all, help you solve your criminal problems, and save your vacation or business trip from failure.
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Just what will you do to earn some beads?
Something to keep in mind - New Orleans police will arrest you for public indecency, even during Mardi Gras. You could have the best set in the world, but that won't help get you out of jail (or it shouldn't anyway).
If you are offered beads for showing your assets, make sure the beads are worth it. The typical cheap beads shouldn't be exchanged for peeks at your peaks. Inquire as to the quality of the beads first - how big are they - are they glass or pearls perhaps?
Oh, and the attractive women outside the bar on Bourbon Street with the very perky set can bare their chest because they're men. Look closely.
You have to be over 21 and also you are not allowed to drink alcohol outside of the French Quarter on the pavement or sidewalk.
The police and other civic-minded people are quite *** about this and even getting on the bus, I had to cover my alcoholic iceshake with something or the driver would have kicked me off. It had nothing to do with the fact that I was slurring my speech (more than normal), and grasping onto every available handrail.
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