Frye Law - February 2020

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2020 is a leap year, which means that on Feb. 29, we are graced with an additional 24 hours. That’s an extra 1,440 minutes out of nowhere. We should celebrate that even more because this year, Feb. 29 is on a Saturday. It’s a good time of year to slow down and focus on whether or not you are where you’d like to be with your work, your relationships, and your business. February is also the month of my son Riley’s half birthday, which we always celebrate because his real birthday is Aug. 14, right before school starts back up. I delivered Riley naturally with no pain meds even though my doctor said I couldn’t do it. Giving birth naturally to Riley was originally off the table because, after 47 hours of labor, I had a cesarean section with my first born. When you deliver a baby by C-section, they cut your uterus and it becomes weaker. If you try to give birth naturally in the future, it becomes more dangerous. Even still, without an epidural, I was able to deliver Riley — a bigger baby — naturally with no pain medication. If we just commit ourselves, our minds can power us through anything, not just the big things like giving birth to a child or running an ultramarathon (I have a girlfriend who runs those, and she says it’s all mental), but the little things, too. Sometimes when I’m riding my Peloton, I tell myself, “If you pedal your hardest for 30 seconds, you’re not going to die . ” And then I dig deep and pedal hard, and I’m stronger because of it. The thing about childbirth is that it’s fleeting. The pain makes you lose your mind, no doubt about it. But you can tell yourself, “Just make it through this next contraction.” And then your body takes over and does what it’s been doing for 2,000-plus years. Your job during childbirth is to trust that your body knows how to get the job done and to get out of its way. After I was able to deliver Riley without pain medication, naturally, and against the odds, I felt like I could do anything. If I could accomplish that, what can’t I accomplish? If my girlfriend can run 50 miles because of her mental strength, where are her limits? That’s the power of the mind.

and doing the things that give you the feeling of limitlessness, accomplishment, and strength that pushing through the pain of adversity gives me — whether that means giving birth without pain medicine, running 50 miles, or digging deep in your interval workout. –Kim Keheley Frye

I plan to spend the extra 1,440 minutes I’ll get this February with my loved ones. Whatever you are doing, I hope you are tapping into the power of your mind

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On a hot summer day in late July 2018, three people entered Miss Helen’s home, forcibly removed her, put her in a stroller, and ran toward their getaway vehicle. This might sound like a typical kidnapping story, but Miss Helen is no ordinary person. She is a 16-inch horn shark living at the San Antonio Aquarium. Fortunately, their fishy behavior didn’t go unnoticed, and someone alerted the aquarium staff. One perpetrator drove away with Miss Helen in tow, but the other two were stopped by aquarium staff, later confessing to their involvement. Thanks to some observant witnesses and aquarium surveillance, police were able to identify the third thief and obtain a warrant to search his house. As it turned out, he had an extensive aquarium in his home and possibly hoped to add Miss Helen to his collection. After being identified, Miss Helen was returned home safely. The aquarium staff was grateful to have Miss Helen back unharmed, despite her ordeal. “She’s a tough little horn shark, I’ll tell you that,” affirmed Jamie Shank, the assistant husbandry director at the aquarium.

In Texas, larceny law designates the theft of property valued between $1,500– $20,000 as a felony. In the case of Miss Helen, who’s valued by the aquarium at $2,000, the thieves committed a felony. Also, transporting certain animals requires special permits, which led to additional charges against the three thieves. The Animal Welfare Act, which was adopted in 1966, is the only federal law that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Interestingly, it only applies to warm-blooded animals, so if Miss Helen had needed further protection, she would be left out in the cold.


While many animal lovers might disagree, animals are considered personal property, so stealing them is a crime of theft, not kidnapping. The penalties for stealing animals vary depending on each state’s laws, and some states have specific laws regarding animal theft.



Just like adults, minors are not required by law to talk to the police without first being informed of their Miranda rights. In fact, people under 18 years of age have the right to request both a lawyer and a parent if questioned by the police about their involvement in a crime, but it’s important to note that police are legally allowed to solicit information from a child. Any information a minor gives police voluntarily can be used in court against them. However, if a reasonable person concludes it would not be acceptable for them to leave while being questioned by the police, and they feel they have been detained or taken into custody without first hearing their Miranda rights, any information they give is considered unconstitutional and should not stand up in court. This is true both for adults and minors. Finding this line can be tricky. A situation in which a reasonable adult feels they have been detained by the police and a situation in which a very young child feels it is unacceptable to leave and stop talking to the police may be radically different, and the court rules accordingly.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US IN THEIR WORDS If you find yourself in need of criminal defense, finding the right lawyer is essential. The right representation — the kind that works with you and cares about your case deeply — is an essential part of getting your case resolved with minimal stress. At Kim Frye Law Group, we care about our clients. We fight relentlessly for them, and they notice. Here are just a few of the things people have been saying about us on Google lately: “Kim and her crew are great. Hiring lawyers means something in life is not going right, and finding someone to plead your case and fight for you is more or less a huge burden, but you guys handled it. You handled everything. So, thank you from my whole family. Thank you.”

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It is a privilege for us to represent our clients in their times of need, and we are serious about settling their cases with the best outcome possible. We are ready to fight relentlessly for you. If you need legal representation, call us to discuss your situation or set up a consultation. We strive to leave every customer as satisfied as the reviewers above!

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Here at Frye Law Group, we love a good trivia question, and we want to invite you in on all the fun — and a chance to win a prize! Here’s how it works. We will provide a plot description of a well-known movie or movie series. All you have to do is send us an email at news@ as soon as possible, including your phone number and the title of the film(s). What’s the catch? The description provided won’t be like the ones you see on the back of the DVD case. The plot will be poorly (albeit humorously) explained, which makes the guessing a little trickier. Here’s one to get you thinking!

Breakfast in bed just got a whole lot yummier with this vegan banana pancake recipe.

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 cups flour •

2 tbsp maple syrup

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2 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

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2 extra ripe bananas, mashed

Cooking spray

1 cup soy milk

DIRECTIONS 1. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk bananas, soy milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla together. 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir. Don’t overmix. Lumps are okay. 4. Spray a heated pancake griddle with cooking spray, and scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the griddle. Repeat until the griddle is filled. 5. After 3 minutes or when bubbles appear, flip each pancake. 6. After each pancake has risen to double its initial height, remove from griddle. Repeat as necessary until batter is gone. 7. Serve with your favorite toppings!

“Man dramatically breaks out of his comfort zone in a sailboat.”

Can you guess the title from this poor description? Let us know! The first three responders to answer correctly will win a free gift card to Jack’s New Yorker Deli!

Inspired by My Darling Vegan

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Inside this Issue

The Limitless Power of the Mind page 1

A Slippery Crime

How Minors Should Talk to the Police page 2

What Our Clients Say About Us

Vegan Banana Pancakes page 3

Learn All About Leap Year page 4

FACTS ABOUT THE LEAP YEAR LEAP INTO 2020 Like the Olympics and presidential elections, leap years only occur once every four years, which is why many people look forward to Feb. 29. But there’s a lot that you might not know about this quirk on the calendar. WHY To keep the calendar in sync with Earth’s orbit around the sun, an extra day is added to it every four years. Earth takes exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to orbit the sun. Those extra hours add up over time, so another calendar day becomes necessary. But a leap year doesn’t occur every four years. Adding that extra day still doesn’t quite keep Earth on track, so the calendar skips leap years that occur during century years not divisible by 400. For example, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 won’t be. WHO The odds of being born on Feb. 29 are 1 in 1,461. That means that of the roughly seven billion people in the world, only about five million of them are “leaplings.” The number of leaplings currently living in the U.S. is roughly 187,000. Some famous leaplings include motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule, and singer Mark Foster of Foster the People. However, the most famous leapling is probably Superman. When you invent a super-being, you might as well give him a super-birthday.

WHERE Anthony, Texas/New Mexico (a single town that straddles the two states’ borders), claims the title “Leap Year Capital of the World.” The city throws one massive birthday party for all leaplings but invites everyone to join the celebration. Two leapling neighbors from Anthony began the tradition in 1988, and it’s blossomed into a festival with thousands of participants every four years. It includes banquets, hot air balloons, a carnival, concerts, parades, and more. When you have four years to plan in between each shindig, there’s time to go big. Celebrate this leap year by doing something unusual or new. It’s a special day that doesn’t occur often, so make the most of it by doing something you’ll talk about for another four years.


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