Law Office Of Patrick Silva - May 2018



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May 2018


s anybody who knows me or reads my monthly newsletter can tell you, I’ve been an avid mountain biker for years. I jump at any opportunity to get together with fellow bikers to test our mettle, which means that I’m traveling nearly every month to some race or another. But no matter how many races and rides I participate in, I can never spend enough time out in the sun, clambering up technical courses with all my strength. Two months ago, I had the pleasure of participating in a fundraiser ride for a great organization: Bike for Bender. In 2010, a rider named Robert Bender lost his fight with cancer at age 26, and ever since then, the organization has continued in his name. They provide resources to local groups so they can coach and train local young adults who are interested in the sport. Though this particular ride wasn’t designated as a race — probably to skirt the bureaucratic red tape that comes with that title — if you get enough mountain bikers together, anything will get competitive. It took place in Pioneertown, in the low desert of California near Palm Springs, and despite being a fundraiser, the course didn’t pull any punches. Alongside my friend and fellow attorney, Jeremy Waitman, who worked for me briefly when he was fresh out of law school, I gave the ride my all. As you leave Pioneertown, there are 5 miles of road before you even get to dirt, but we couldn’t let that deceive us. After all, those 5 miles had an elevation change of over 1,000 feet, which is an exhausting way to start any course. And then, once we did hit the dirt, it got even more brutal, turning into little more than a sand pit, forcing us to pedal hard just to stay upright. After escaping those 4 inches of sand, the course turned into a landscape of rolling hills, constantly sending us up and down and steadily getting steeper as we went along. At that point,

we were about an hour into the ride, and that’s when Jeremy came up behind me as he picked up his pace, hauling butt. That’s when my competitive instincts kicked in, and I went into overdrive. It wasn’t until the end of the race that I learned my heart had been slamming at an average of 165 beats per minute across the 35-mile race. Not too bad for a 54-year-old guy, if I do say so myself. As I advanced across the course, I began to pass all the guys who had jumped out fast ahead of me in the beginning, including Jeremy. Just then, we hit a vicious 3-mile stretch of incredibly steep mountain bike track, and I steeled my resolve. I continued to pass all the young bucks who’d overspent their endurance early on — that is, until I hit the turnaround point at about 17 miles. You’d think it would be easier, after climbing 17 miles, to head back down, but in fact, it was just as strenuous — if not more so. The exertion required to cruise down those hills with your handlebars rattling as you dodge riders who are still reaching the top is difficult to overstate. Still, despite my legs beginning to cramp up due to a lack of salt and sugar in my body, it was a great time, and I finished ninth, which I think was a respectable standing for a guy my age. My readers may think I write too much about mountain biking, but I’ve just become so passionate about it in the past few years, and I’m eager to share my experiences. If you’ve ever considered borrowing a friend’s mountain bike and hitting the trails, I encourage you to try it out. But beware, it’s addictive. Within a few months, you may find yourself climbing a 3-mile mountain, huffing and puffing with exhaustion as you struggle to reach the top. Trust me, it’s a lot more fun than it sounds! –Patrick Silva

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“I recommend Patrick Silva. When I received my DUI, I reached out to another lawyer I knew, and he referred me to Patrick Silva based on his experience and reputation in the legal community. I believed I had a case, and after reviewing the details, Mr. Silva felt strongly about supporting me as well. My case was dismissed after going to trial. It was a very stressful situation for me, and Patrick went above my expectations throughout the entire process. “I found Mr. Silva to be very ethical, honest, and professional. The trial process was tedious at times, and Mr. Silva is extremely confident and knowledgeable, which made me very relieved to watch him work on my behalf. The judge, courtroom staff, and even the DA all showed great respect for him. To the jury, he came across as an advocate for justice. “Mr. Silva never made me feel like my case wasn’t important. He was very responsive to my calls and kept me informed. I believe many attorneys will take your money, give you some weak advice, and get ready to move on to the next case. But Mr. Silva was extremely thorough and worked on the many details of my case until the very 2 | SUCCESS STORY HE GOT MY CASE DISMISSED! Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event. Pack a Travel Game When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment. Include the Whole Family Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying, Road Trips Don’t Have to Be Painful

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“fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins. Play an Audiobook or Podcast We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family-friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe.

end. I was definitely happy he was on my side after watching him work in the courtroom.

“I highly recommend Patrick Silva to anyone looking for an attorney. Although I don’t plan on ever needing his services again, he would be my first call without hesitation. He’s a worker and a fighter who has my respect for what he has done to help my family and me.”


2 Vital Steps for Success WHAT TO DO AFTER GETTING A DUI

If you’ve recently been arrested for a DUI, you’re probably unsure of your future. Maybe you’re worried that you’ll lose your license, or even your job. Luckily, you don’t have to face the process alone. We’re here to give you a fighting chance to contest your DUI case. But before we do, you’ll need to ensure you follow these two steps to the letter. 1. Call the DMV ASAP! When you’re discharged from jail following a DUI, the officer will give you a pink piece of paper, which will act as your 30-day temporary license. To avoid or delay the suspension of your license, you need to call your local DMV within 10 days (including weekends) of your arrest to obtain a stay and a hearing for your case. You can acquire a hearing usually 1–3 months after your arrest, and the stay will usually prevent your license from being suspended up to this point. Make sure you have your license and ticket ready when you call, as they both contain information the DMV employee will need to grant your request.

the particularities of your situation. For example, the blood and breath tests are often administered improperly, allowing you to get off the hook and continue driving. And even if you lose at the hearing, you can take the case to court and potentially win there. 2. Go to Your Appointed Court Date Make sure you go to court on the day that was specified when you were released from jail. If you don’t, a judge will likely put out a warrant for your arrest. In the ensuing months, the court may force you to appear several more times. This is generally a tactic to wear you down so that you accept a plea bargain, but it’s important to maintain your resolve. Regardless of your situation, you need an experienced DUI attorney on your side to give your case the best possible odds. There are so many details that can be missed and so many chances to back yourself into a corner. Call the Law Office of Patrick Silva at 909-798-1500 for a free consultation. We’ll help you get your license — and your life — back as soon as possible.

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Grilled Ranch Potatoes

If you want to be the hit of this year’s Memorial Day cookout, don’t overlook the star power of a well-made side dish. These smoky, tangy grilled potatoes will be the talk of the party. The best part is how easy they are to prep and make! INGREDIENTS

• Ranch dressing for drizzling • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives • Bacon bits (optional) • Salt and pepper to taste

• 2 pounds baby potatoes, halved • 1/4 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • Juice of 1/2 lemon • 1/2 packet ranch seasoning 1. Heat grill to medium. In a large pan, toss potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning. Season generously with salt and pepper. 2. Skewer potatoes. (If using wood skewers, be sure DIRECTIONS

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to soak in water an hour before grilling.) Grill until tender and lightly charred, about 15 minutes.

3. Drizzle with ranch and garnish with chives and bacon bits.

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Gear Up for Grilling Season


Is there anything more American than grilling a burger outside on Memorial Day? This year, there’s another reason to fire up the grill that weekend: In addition to being Memorial Day, May 28 is also National Hamburger Day! Enjoy this delicious coincidence by heating up the grill, gathering the fixings, and making one of these tasty burgers at home. The Classic Burger Nothing beats the American classic: a seasoned beef patty, a slice of cheddar cheese, a squirt each of mustard and ketchup, a layer of crunchy lettuce, some thinly sliced onions, and a couple of zesty pickles. For a homemade touch, make the pickles yourself by soaking cucumbers in a brine of vinegar, dill, and salt. The Mediterranean Burger Take your patty to the next level with a Mediterranean twist. Mix feta cheese and garlic into your ground beef before forming your patties. Serve it on a grilled ciabatta bun topped with marinated red peppers and arugula for flavor and texture. If you want to get extra fancy, pour a bit of balsamic reduction over the patty before adding the toppings. The Portobello Burger For a delicious veggie burger even meat eaters will love, use a portobello mushroom as your patty. Remove 4 |

the stems, then marinate the mushrooms for 15 minutes in a mixture of 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and a clove of minced garlic. Season the shrooms with salt and pepper, then place

them on the grill just as you would any other burger. Gruyere cheese is the perfect creamy topping, and you can use grilled focaccia bread topped with garlic aioli. As you bask in the late spring weather and the inviting smell of delicious food this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember the Americans who gave their lives so we could enjoy these freedoms, and thank those who served.

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