Medlin Law Firm - August 2022

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AUGUST 2022

Some of My Wildest Memories … INVOLVE WHITEWATER RAFTING

I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SKI RACER

One of my favorite ways to relax is by getting outdoors. It’s a surreal feeling to camp underneath the stars and only have the moon as your light source. There’s something so peaceful about hearing the soft sounds of the flowing river splashing against the rocks and listening to the music of crickets and frogs in the distance. Although I enjoy the calmness of being outdoors, I also like to have a little excitement. Some of my most memorable outdoor adventures involve whitewater rafting. I’ve had a handful of wild experiences! Whitewater rafting always interested me ever since I began researching it a few years ago. Then, my fascination grew when some friends told me about their trips and how much they enjoyed them. After that, I knew I had to experience it for myself. So, I booked a trip to the Middle Fork Salmon River for six days and five nights. I loved the adrenaline rush I got riding over the waves and feeling the raft rock back and forth. I then began to book more rafting trips, and one of the wildest experiences happened when I visited the Grand Canyon.

The river was very rowdy the day my group and I decided to ride through the rapids. All I could see were mountains of waves coming towards me — they were about 20 feet high. The waves kept rocking the raft, and soon it began to bend as we approached more waves. The instructors tried their best to maintain control of the raft, but it was no match for Mother Nature. As the next wave crashed against us, half of the raft was submerged underwater, and a couple of passengers fell out. Instead of throwing lines for fish, we were trying to catch people! After everyone was back in the raft, we continued our journey and there were no more crazy surprises. I’d seen pictures of the Grand Canyon before, but nothing compares to seeing it in person — especially when you’re in the water. Although you can hike different trails there and see the canyon from an aerial view, the experience is different when you’re in the canyon and surrounded by it. You get an appreciation for how massive it is and the history that surrounds it. During this trip, I learned about the different Native American tribes who

cultivated and harvested there. I imagined what it would be like to be in their shoes and what the Grand Canyon meant to them. This trip gave me a whole new perspective, and I’m grateful I could experience it for myself. In the future, I would like to visit and whitewater raft at Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. I’m sure the views there are equally as beautiful as the ones at the Grand Canyon. I want to take my wife and daughter on my next rafting trip because they’ve never gone before. They will enjoy it as much as I do! Nothing beats being outdoors and surrounded by nature. It’s fascinating to see the beauty of Mother Nature and what she’s created. This month, spend time with your loved ones outside. Take a hike, go on

a picnic, or even go whitewater rafting! There is always something to explore, and best of all, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

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In today’s society, we are faced with tragic stories and upsetting information, no matter where we turn. This can quickly lead us to a negative mindset where we believe things can’t be fixed and will only get worse, so it’s even more important now to establish a positive mindset. Though it might be easier to bury your head in the sand, fostering positivity in your life will provide you with many benefits. 3 WAYS TO FOSTER A POSITIVE ATTITUDE Choosing Joy Every Day

But doing so is easier said than done. If you’re unsure where to begin, try out some of these methods to help you get started.

Focus on the silver lining. When something bad or unfortunate happens, we are quick to think about the negatives and how they will impact us in the future. Instead, we should be searching for a silver lining. You can find a positive in any situation, but you’ll have to put in the effort to flip your perspective. Keep a gratitude journal. When we think about gratitude and thankfulness, our minds usually think about Thanksgiving. But we don’t need to wait for a special day to show gratitude. Things happen to us every day that we should be grateful for. If you’re struggling to acknowledge your blessings, keep a gratitude journal and write a few things you are thankful for each day. Over time, that thought process will seep into your daily life.

Surround yourself with positive people. The people we associate with play a huge role in our mental well-being. If you’re constantly around people who put you down or tell you that you can’t accomplish certain things, you will feel worse about yourself — or even believe them. You need to block the negative people from your life and surround yourself with those who think optimistically.

Establishing a positive mindset in today’s world may be difficult, but it is not impossible if you develop a strategy and follow through with it. THE DRUGS AREN’T MINE, OFFICER!

How Police Determine Fault in Drug Busts

Drug crimes in Texas have severe penalties. But what do law enforcement officers look for in drug possession cases? How do they determine who is at fault? Although the penalties vary depending on how many grams the cops find and the type of drug, there are basic principles police officers use when searching cars and determining fault. What is possession? Texas’ penal code defines possession as the “care, custody, control, or management” of a substance. Many drug busts occur during traffic stops. Even if you don’t have physical possession of an illegal substance, you can be held accountable. This type is called constructive possession. Different factors play a role in drug possession charges. • Location of the drugs: If an illegal substance is closer to you, it’s more likely the cop will think it’s yours. For example, finding drugs in your center console will give you more problems than if a cop finds them in your trunk. If substances are in the passenger side compartment or under that seat, they may begin to question other individuals in the car. • The actions of people you’re with: Perhaps the individual(s) you’re with will take accountability for the drugs if they’re theirs. But if everyone denies possession, the cop can charge the individual closest to the substances or everyone in the vehicle.

• Your actions: Unfortunately, police officers can profile individuals and charge you because you’re acting suspicious and worried. The best thing you can do is remain calm and be respectful. No matter the situation, the police could charge you with possession because substances were in your car while driving. Therefore, you’re held responsible. What are the penalties for drug possession? You could spend time in jail and pay a fine. These penalties depend on if the charge is in the first, second, or third degree. But there are less severe penalties than jail time if you’re a first-time offender, such as drug courts, diversion programs, and rehabilitation programs. If you’re given one of these alternative punishments, the charges against you can be dismissed and expunged from your record. If you or a loved one received a drug possession charge, allow your friends at Medlin Law Firm to help. We have experienced lawyers who understand the court system and can defend your case before a judge or jury. We will explore all your options and keep your best interest in mind.

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Preparation Is Key FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAMPING TRIP August is the peak of camping season! Camping is a great way to connect with loved ones and the great outdoors. However, your trip can become challenging if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips you can use on your next camping trip to make it safe and enjoyable.

or in places where water may pool. If camping with children, consider camping away from dangerous areas like rivers, creeks, or steep drop-offs.

Always be on the lookout for wildlife; if you spot an animal, don’t feed them. It can change their natural behavior, leading to more aggressive behavior for food. Human food is also difficult for animals to digest and can make them sick.

Prepare for emergencies. Many campsites are in remote areas. Research where local hospitals are and how to get there.

Tasty Bruschetta Chicken Fresh tomatoes and basil abound in August, practically begging to become bruschetta! This recipe turns that appetizer into a main dish. Be aware of your surroundings. Look around your campsite before setting up your tent. Avoid camping directly under trees because branches can fall onto your tent and damage it. Consider where water will drain if it rains. Avoid camping in creek beds Know what to pack. Figure out what to bring based on how much room you have in your bag, your mode of transportation, and how long you’ll be gone. Research your campsite to see if they prohibit any items or activities. It will ensure you don’t under or over-pack for your trip. Be mindful of the weight and bulk of what you’re carrying. You don’t want to hike with a lot of weight on your shoulders and back. Only bring necessary items such as comfortable clothes (depending on the weather conditions), sunscreen, and plenty of food and water.

Keep a first aid kit with you in case an accident occurs and you need to treat an injury immediately. You can also bring bug spray, after-bite cream, and medications. Many campsites lack mobile phone coverage as well. Check your network’s coverage map to see where you can make emergency calls if needed. Camping is an activity the entire family can enjoy. These tips will help you stay prepared for anything that comes your way. Enjoy the great outdoors and the time spent with loved ones.

Happy camping season!

Ingredients

Directions

• 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness • 4 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp lemon juice, divided • 1/4 tsp pepper • 1 tsp Italian seasoning • 3 tomatoes, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped • Salt and pepper, to taste • 4 slices mozzarella cheese • Parmesan cheese, grated

1. Add chicken to a large resealable bag. 2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Pour over chicken and seal. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 3. Turn a grill to medium-high heat and add the chicken. Discard the marinade. Grill chicken 5–7 minutes per side or until fully cooked. 4. Combine the remaining lemon juice, tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Add salt and pepper, to taste. 5. Before taking the chicken off the grill, top each breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook 2–3 minutes, then serve topped with the tomato mixture and grated Parmesan cheese.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. This Trip Gave Me A Different Perspective

2. Dealing With Negativity? Try These 3 Things!

Police May Still Hold You Responsible

3. 3 Camping Safety Tips

Tasty Bruschetta Chicken

4. Feeling Depressed — Or Burnt Out?

What’s the Difference? Depression vs. Burnout

Work has been more tiring than usual. You’re exhausted and uninterested in the activities you used to love. Are you experiencing burnout or depression? Although these two conditions have similarities, there are telltale symptoms to help you navigate each — even if you are experiencing both at once. Recognizing the differences could help you decide the best solution for you. What is burnout? Burnout is a form of exhaustion that occurs when we constantly feel overwhelmed. It can result in prolonged emotional, physical, and mental stress. The symptoms include exhaustion, loss of identity, and cynicism.

People can experience burnout from a lack of control, unclear job expectations, spending time in toxic environments, overexerting their energy, or experiencing constant stress. However, while burnout is most associated with work-related stress, anyone can experience burnout — especially if they live under intense pressure. What is depression? Depression is a more severe medical illness. It can lead to loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy and many more physical and mental health problems. Common symptoms include a loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and suicidal thoughts.

depression at some point in their lives. The good news is that there are many options for treatment, and working out more or adapting a healthier diet is proven to make a difference in mental health. So, what’s the difference? Although these symptoms may overlap, the key difference is how long your symptoms last. If your biggest source of stress went away, how fast would you improve? Burnout is typically temporary and disappears after addressed. However, depression is often a long-term battle that can make a person feel empty, create low self-esteem, and affect their overall health. If life feels chaotic, it’s time to take control. Even small steps can build momentum into a happier, healthier future.

If you’re experiencing this, you’re not alone. More than 16% of people experience

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