Yeargan & Kert - May 2020


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I hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and well amidst the current public health crisis. Like most of you, this whole “social distancing” thing has made me more than a little stir crazy at times, but it has its silver linings. I’ve definitely gotten a chance to catch up on all the history documentaries on my DVR. And it was while I was scrolling through these programs that I found myself reminiscing about when I first discovered this fascination I have with the past: my eighth grade year. Specifically, my passion for these kinds of documentaries came from my eighth grade history class, thanks to my teacher, Gordon Mathis. He was a fantastic educator, able to make the words in our textbooks come alive — making long gone time periods like the ancient Roman Empire feel approachable and relatable. He brought in little details, like what people liked to eat, to help to humanize the people we learned about. Far from just preparing me for the next grade, Mr. Mathis instilled in me a lifelong curiosity, one that extends beyond just history. That’s the power of a great teacher. They know their job is about more than getting their students to pass the class; they work to impart a love of learning and critical thinking that will serve students the rest of their lives. Doing this usually means going the extra mile for their class, acting as a role model for students to aspire to. This was definitely true of my legal writing professor in law school. Professor Milani was another teacher who could make an otherwise dry subject extremely approachable. As you could imagine, legal writing is, to put it mildly, a dense subject. Yet, Professor Milani was able to break down these complex rules and procedures and guide his class through them step by step. And this was far from the most inspiring part about him. When Milani was 18, he broke his neck in a hockey accident. The event left him permanently disabled: wheelchair-bound and with limited mobility in his arms. Despite these challenges, he never once failed

to come to class in a cleanly pressed shirt and tie and lead a rousing lecture. Even outside the classroom he poured his energy into his students. He made plenty of office hours available to help people one-on-one. I’m eternally grateful to Professor Milani, who not only prepared me for my career but also showed me an inspiring example of how to thrive through adversity. Fittingly enough, Teachers’ Day is observed this month, at a time when it may be more important than ever to show our educators some support. Before school closures, teachers and professors put their own health at risk to be there for their students. After the doors were shut on classrooms, these same mentors worked tirelessly to adapt online tools and resources to continue their courses. The least we can do is give these hardworking members of our community some well-earned recognition.

Here’s to all the teachers working to make the future brighter,

–Jim Yeargan



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Constant technology use can leave us feeling drained, so it’s good to do a digital detox by unplugging periodically. Digital detoxes have become very popular, but for most managers and business owners, cutting technology out of their lives isn’t just difficult — it can be irresponsible! You can’t throw your smartphone in the sea and expect to have a job next week. While completely quitting tech isn’t realistic, it is possible to enjoy the benefits of a digital detox while sticking to your responsibilities. Here’s how a few successful entrepreneurs manage this balancing act. ARIANNA HUFFINGTON PUTS HER PHONE ‘TO BED.’ HuffPost founder and Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington says the first part of her nightly routine is “escorting my phone out of the bedroom.” Huffington doesn’t allow digital devices in her bedroom and relies on an analog alarm clock. “Charging your

phone away from your bed makes you more likely to wake up as fully charged as your phone,” she says.


Running a content creation company that caters to big brands means Erich Joiner, founder and director at Tool of North America, is plugged in most of the time. To get away from the demands, he races cars on the weekend. During that time, Joiner puts his phone away in order to focus on the race. “While it takes a lot of focus, which can be strenuous, it also mentally cleanses, or ‘digitally detoxes,’ me during the weekend,” Joiner says. “By Monday, I can go into work with a clear mindset, ready to take on my week.” CELIA FRANCIS TRACKS HER ONLINE ACTIVITY. Sometimes technology can help you cut down on technology. Celia Francis, CEO

of online marketplace Rated People, downloaded the app Moment to monitor how much time she spends on social media. This data helped her build healthier habits. “It helps you understand how you use your phone, establish usage goals, and disconnect at the right times,” Francis explains. “My phone is always off by 9 p.m. and isn’t switched back on until after the morning routine.” You don’t have to completely abandon technology to enjoy a successful digital detox. Instead, look for times when you can put your devices away and focus on something else. Even if it’s just for an hour before bed, you’ll reap the benefits.

Jail Isn’t Your Only Option

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COURT- MANDATED REHAB required is a drug and alcohol dependency assessment. In other cases, the judge might mandate the completion of an inpatient treatment program that will require you to move into a treatment facility and live there to get help. IS COURT-MANDATED REHAB AN OPTION FOR MY CASE? This is a question for your lawyer, but as a general rule, you can ask a judge to consider rehab as an option if your case meets these requirements: • You were addicted to drugs or alcohol at the time of your DUI. • Your DUI was a direct result of that addiction. • You would benefit from drug or alcohol treatment. • You qualify for a probation sentence.

If you’ve been arrested on a DUI charge, you’re probably terrified about the possibility

Again, these are not hard-and-fast rules, and your lawyer can give you the best advice on your particular case. If you’re one of our clients, call your attorney with any questions you have about rehab, and if you’re not represented, reach out to our firm today at CAN I CHOOSE MY TREATMENT PLAN? Yes and no. If you’re ordered into court-mandated rehab, you can’t choose the type of treatment plan you complete (assessment versus inpatient, for example), but you may get to choose your treatment provider from a list of approved options. Again, your lawyer is the expert on this, so if you have any questions about court- mandated rehab, just ask. Here at Yeargan & Kert, we always make sure our clients get the best outcome possible, and rehab is just one of many options we assess.

of going to jail. Here in Georgia, we have strict DUI penalties. First-time offenders can face up to 12 months

behind bars, and if you’ve had multiple DUIs, that sentence can climb to five years. That said, jail isn’t the only option. If you struggle with substance dependence or abuse, a judge can mandate rehabilitation instead of time behind bars. WHAT IS COURT-MANDATED REHAB? Put simply, court-mandated rehab is substance abuse or dependence treatment required by a judge. It can look different case to case, but it always prioritizes helping offenders get better over sending them to jail. These treatments can take anywhere from days to months depending on the judge’s stipulations. Sometimes, all that’s



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Few things are more paralyzing than a loved one getting arrested. But if you’re waiting for a knock on the door or that fateful phone call reporting the handcuffs have clicked, don’t lose hope — as a friend or family member, you can show your support in plenty of ways. 1. STAY IN TOUCH. We can’t stress this point enough. In our experience, nothing eases a person’s mind like knowing their friends and family are just a phone call, text message, or email away. If you have a loved one who may be arrested soon, reach out to them! Ask if they need anything, and let them vent their fears and worries. 2. CHECK IN ON THEIR MEDICATION. If your loved one is struggling with a mental illness or other condition that requires medication, one important thing you can do is make sure their prescription gets to them no matter where they are in the criminal justice process. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the ideal option would be for your loved one to inform the jail staff of their needs. However, if necessary, you can contact their psychiatrist and ask them to reach out to the prison or police (this is completely legal). If they refuse, reach out to your loved one’s doctor next. “It is best to do this in writing and then follow up with a phone call,” NAMI says. “This will ensure a written record of your request.” Be sure to mention your loved one’s diagnosis, the type of medication, and contact information for both you and related medical professionals. 3. DO YOUR RESEARCH AND OFFER RESOURCES. Making sure you’re calm, collected, and informed can go a long way toward helping your loved one feel the same way. Do your research on the arrest, bail, and hearing processes here in Georgia, then share links and resources with your loved one. Knowing they can come to you for answers will be a huge comfort! The fourth thing you can do almost goes without saying: Make sure they have a great lawyer at their side. Our team has more than 50 years of experience with DUI cases, so if your loved one is facing arrest for a driving offense, we’re the ones to call. Reach out to us today at 404-467-1747.


Who says the cookout has to ruin your diet? Try this paleo-friendly recipe for a main dish that’s worthy of your next barbecue.

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 lbs beef rib roast • 1 tsp Himalayan salt • 1/2 tsp black pepper DIRECTIONS

1. Take rib roast out of the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling. 2. Season roast with salt and pepper and allow it to rest for 10

minutes while you heat a gas grill to 600 F. 3. Sear roast for 3–4 minutes on each side.

4. Turn off the grill but continue cooking the steak, flipping every 4–5 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 125 F. Remove from grill. 5. Allow the roast to rest — its internal temperature will continue to climb — for 5–10 minutes. Slice and serve.



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The Timeless Charm of the Drive-In Movie



Summertime is synonymous with many childhood experiences: hours splashing in the pool, sleepaway camp, and snow cones, to name a few. A quintessential summer destination that isn’t as common these days is the drive-in theater, yet many childhood memories are built on this little bit of nostalgia. The first drive-in theater opened in 1933 in Camden, New Jersey. At the time, films cost 25 cents per person, plus 25 cents per car, and drive-ins usually got movies in the second run, after they’d shown at indoor theaters. The trend started off slow, but by the ‘50s, Americans had fully embraced the outdoor theater experience. The ‘80s brought a charismatic Michael J. Fox to audiences in “Back to the Future,” and shortly after, “The Sandlot” hit the big screen and gave us lines that we’d quote for the next decade (“You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”). As of 2018, USA Today estimated that only about 330 drive-in theaters still exist in the United States. But if you don’t have one in your area, there’s a way you can enjoy the outdoor movie experience without having to leave your backyard. Your outdoor cinema starts with a projector. If you don’t have one, they are readily available to purchase at most big-box stores. For playing the movie, you’ll need a laptop and streaming service or a

DVD or Blu-ray player. You’ll connect these devices to your projector through an HDMI port. As long as you’re not broadcasting to the whole neighborhood, stereo or computer speakers should be just fine, but you can also opt for a Bluetooth speaker that will give your audio a big boost. Next, you’ll need a flat surface to display the movie. A plain, white bedsheet makes a good screen, or you can make your own with white fabric from craft stores or online. Cushions, blankets, and outdoor hanging lights add a fun touch to your cinema. Just be sure to turn the lights off before the movie begins — and silence those cellphones!

Once your setup is complete, select your movie, get the popcorn popping, and enjoy some movie magic right in your backyard.



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