561.671.5995 | 954.272.6187 | www.matthewkoneckypa.com 110 SE 6th Street, Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Growing With Change and Challenges A s we start a new year, people are thinking about their resolutions. It’s the perfect season for finding a new direction. Most are setting goals and considering the future during this time of change. At the firm, we are no different. Following the November election cycle, we are seeing a lot of judiciary movement throughout Florida. New judges and appointees are entering the scene, and many judges are moving from the criminal bench to the civil one. Similar stories are playing out in states all over the country. From the perspective of an attorney, this kind of change can be a big challenge as we work through cases with judges and the court system at large. Over time, we get to know a judge’s personality, their court structure, and how they like to do things. In criminal law, this familiarity can be crucial. When we know how a judge hands down sentences, we can occasionally use that insight to the advantage of our clients. It becomes part of the strategy. Given all the judicial shifts in the new year, we have to start over on the ground floor. Already, we’re learning a lot about how new judges prefer to do things. We’ve had some case-management instruction, and it looks like we might be seeing some judges treat criminal cases like civil ones. When it comes to change, I am generally in favor of it. However, in this type of situation, you’re typically better off with the devil you know than with the one you don’t.
Of course, it’s still early in the year to predict whether this change is ultimately a bad or good one. For now, we’ll consider it a challenge which may very well affect how we work with clients and strategize for court. But it’s my belief that you can’t grow without challenging yourself. Starting off 2019 with a hurdle like this one is a great way to set up the rest of year. I know I’m going to learn a lot in the coming months, and that awareness keeps me on my toes! One aspect that will remain the same, however, is our overall approach to working with our clients. Since the day we opened, we have prided ourselves on being transparent with clients. We share as much information with each client about their case as possible — including knowledge about the judge we may be working with on their case. There may be a few adjustments here and there as we adapt to the new judicial scene, but our clients will still be able to rely on our transparency. I look ahead to the new year with optimism. I’m excited to learn more about judges I haven’t previously worked with in the past, and I’m ecstatic to see where this year takes the firm. It’s going to be a busy one, for sure.
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Get More Life Out of Your Windshield Wiper Blades
When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If you’re like most people, you may not remember. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your wiper blades about once a year, assuming they’ve been through a normal level of wear and tear. However, with a few easy steps, you can make your blades last longer without compromising visibility. • Keep your windshield and wipers clean of debris, dirt, dust, and other particles. Anything on the window or the blades can cause damage. Simply wiping them off with a microfiber cloth can go a long way. • In cold weather, always clear your windshield of ice and snow before activating your wiper blades. Ice can shorten the life span of most wiper blades significantly. • Every time you gas up your vehicle, take a moment to clean your windshield and the wiper blades. You can run the squeegee sponge over the wiper blade or use a paper towel. CLIENT SUCCESS STORY “Mr. Konecky was recommended to me by my family attorney. I was very pleased with my initial meeting, during which he gave me time to tell my story and ask questions. I knew he was the right person to represent me after listening to his thoughts on my case. I hired him, and, immediately, he began working on my behalf, calling and emailing to keep me up-to-date. In less than two weeks, I received word of a ‘No File’ for my case. I am grateful to Mr. Konecky for his expertise. I would highly recommend him!” –Anonymous
• Watch your washer fluid levels and top it off regularly. When you run a cleaning cycle without washer fluid, the wiper blades deteriorate.
How do you know when it’s time to replace your blades? The first sign is when they start streaking. However, in some cases, streaking may be caused by dirt or other grime stuck to the blades. If they continue to streak or skip after cleaning, they need to be replaced. Thankfully, wiper blades are typically the least expensive and easiest car part to replace. With this in mind, remember that you get what you pay for, and it pays to do research. There are many different blades on the market. Some are suited for icy conditions and some are designed for sunny weather. Take your time to read product descriptions to ensure you install blades that are right for your vehicle. Download these books today ! YOUR LEGALRESOURCE When it comes to the legal process, you
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20,000 Reasons Why
IT’S IMPORTANT TO HIRE A DUI ATTORNEY
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that over 20,000 driving while intoxicated (DWI) convictions would be tossed out. According to reports from November of 2018, a New Jersey State Police sergeant mishandled the breathalyzer used to read blood alcohol content (BAC). In addition, the sergeant was charged with tampering records. As a result, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that 20,667 convictions for driving while intoxicated could be challenged. In these instances, a notice must go out to anyone subjected to the error. That’s right — this is not the first time it has happened. Several years ago, a similar incident occurred in Florida.
In Broward County in 2009, it was discovered that one of the inspectors who was testing the Intoxilyzer 8000 — a certain model of Breathalyzer —was doing so in an improper manner. Specifically, instead of ingesting alcohol and giving a sample, the inspector simply put alcohol on their lips in order to conduct the test. This procedure did not conform to Florida Department of Law Enforcement or Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles standards. After this incident, several charges of driving under the influence (DUI) were dismissed. Why challenge a DUI? Many people think they cannot challenge a Breathalyzer in court. Given the propensity for error or tampering, I now have over 20,000 reasons why you should. A good DUI attorney looks at outside forces that may have affected your ability to perform field sobriety exercises. This includes weather conditions, the area where the exercises were performed, and the manner in which officers conducted the field sobriety exercises. On top of that, an experienced DUI attorney will consider highlighting the unreliability of breath-measuring devices like the Intoxilyzer 8000. Police have a strict procedure to follow when conducting a DUI investigation. Even minor violations of procedure can affect your case. There are many options a person charged with a DUI can have besides pleading guilty. Let us show you yours.
Cooking With Ashley
Baked Cauliflower Poppers
2 heads cauliflower 1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. Wash and clean cauliflower. Cut off and discard stems. Then cut cauliflower into small pieces. 3. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add the cauliflower pieces, thoroughly coating each piece. 4. Place cauliflower pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 1 hour, and turn 3 times during cooking until each piece has a nice brown coloring. 5. Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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The Best Skiing Destinations in the World
3 of the World’s Greatest Winter Sport Destinations
Who’s Ready for Some Powder?
The sound of the first carve through fresh powder is the anthem of all winter sports enthusiasts. Here are three of the world’s best places to experience that powder you’ve been craving all year. Breckenridge, Colorado John Denver’s anthem “Rocky Mountain High” is about the freedom he felt here. Where there are great mountains, there’s even better snow. The ski resort boasts five peaks, 187 trails, 34 lifts, four terrain parks, and a renowned cross-country trail. After a day on the slopes, head into the town of Breckenridge for dining and activities that ditch the glitz and glamour of Vail or Aspen and take you straight to the heart of fun. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
that captivates the senses. When you see the mountains of British Columbia, you’ll understand why they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The location’s beauty is only part of your stimulating experience, because every curve of fresh powder makes your pupils dilate. Once you’re done flying down the hill where Bode Miller took the bronze, head over to the winter wonderland of the old Olympic Village for a cozy night in a picturesque town. St. Anton, Austria If you want a great location for next year’s Christmas card photo, there’s no better place than the Tyrolean Alps. Nestled in a valley between perfectly molded mountains, the Austrian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for your winter excursions. The densely wooded areas and the bright reflection of the snow frame the vibrant town that’s just waiting to be explored. When you’re ready for world-class runs, hop in one of the 11 gondolas and zip down the hills that hosted the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships.
A destination that looks like a cross between Nordic paradise and Olympic- level runs, Whistler is filled with true magic, winter activities, and a town
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