Law Office Of Patrick Silva - April 2018



MEAGAN SILVA Living Trusts and Injury Cases


April 2018


The Easter holiday is packed with tradition. Plus, you know Redlands will have some exciting community events, just like practically every other holiday. Here’s a tradition you may be familiar with: the Redlands Easter Egg Hunt! It began when seven eggs were introduced to the community over social media. Each of the Easter eggs had a different theme, and they were filled with prizes from local Redlands businesses.

the nearby bushes again, and lo and behold, I found the egg!

The theme of the egg was “So Fresh and Clean.” I opened it to discover three candles, a gift card to the Living Root Cellar, free teeth whitening, brunch for two at Olive Market, a gift card to My French Farm, and lastly, a free pet grooming. All I can say is that I hit the jackpot. And Liberty is going to be one excited puppy when she gets spoiled at the doggy spa!

One morning, I woke up to an Instagram notification. It seemed a

Who knew an Easter egg hunt could be so fun? Most of us

clue had been posted regarding one of the eggs. I looked at the post, and my heart started racing. I knew where the clue was!

imagine small kids running around a yard in search of little plastic eggs filled with candy. But you can get imaginative with it. It can be fun for both kids and adults. The Redlands Easter Egg Hunt was put together by Steve Carroll, who does aerial photography with Above Redlands. He got together with about 40 local businesses and helped make this fun adventure possible. As of this writing, the search is set to conclude on Easter Sunday, April 1, or whenever the last egg is found. So, who knows, the adventure might continue well into April, but if everyone is as excited about this as I am, I’m going to guess it will end sooner rather than later! –Meagan Silva

So, I did what anyone would do. I jumped in my car at 7 a.m. with wet hair and drove straight to Caroline Park. Once there, another notification popped up — another clue! It was an aerial shot of some hills at sunset. I spent about 15 minutes searching all over Caroline Park, examining every shrub for an egg. Finally, I was able to piece the clues together. There was a trail in Caroline Park called Sunset Hills! Everything clicked, and I made a beeline down the path.

Then, another image was posted. This time, it was a picture of a bush with an egg inside of it. I started searching all of

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Why You Should Consider Investing in a Family Garden BRINGING FAMILY TOGETHER Gardening:

Another very happy client on a very successful case. This case started about two and a half years ago when my client, Mr. E.F., was allegedly weaving all over the road, had stopped in the middle of the road, ran several stop lights and stop signs, and was speeding and slowing down in the worst possible driving you can imagine. We started off by conducting what is known as a DMV hearing. During the DMV hearing, we subpoenaed the officer. Now, you never know what the officer is going to give you. This particular officer was kind of a jerk, and he ended up being very rude on the tapes and refused to testify. What we then did was something called certifying the facts, which is equal to a contempt of court. This contempt of court got sent up to Sacramento, and then Sacramento called this officer’s sergeant, and he ultimately agreed to testify. However, I didn’t take his testimony, because I was done with that portion of the case, and it helped me. So then we filed a motion to suppress the officer. He came in, sweet as peas, and he basically said, “You know I did everything right.” CASE STORIES: SUCCESS IN THE COURTROOM Long story short, my client was charged with four Breathalyzer tests — all hitting a 0.12. Ultimately, he failed all the field sobriety tests, so you 2 | After spending a winter cooped up inside with your family, there might be a little tension between everyone. Fortunately, it’s spring, and the warm weather, melting snow, and blooming flowers offer a good way to ease the restlessness. This season, why not bring your family closer together by starting a family garden? A LEARNING EXPERIENCE Nearly every step in the gardening process can be a learning experience for kids and parents alike. Begin by discussing where you should start and why, what supplies you’ll need, and the types of plants you want to grow. Gardening also offers opportunities to learn about science, ecology, and nutrition. COLLABORATION Gardening gives your family a chance to collaborate. When you’re stuck inside for long periods, you may be spending time together, but it’s usually not quality time. Working in a group to create and maintain a garden is a hands-on experience

for everyone. It’s a chance to get the whole family involved with a single project, and you can literally share the fruits of your labor. DECIDING ON PLANTS When it comes to deciding which plants you want in your garden, there are many variables to consider. Do you want to grow edible plants, ones that have magnificent blossoms, or ones that are easy to care for? Flowers are a good start if you want a plant that grows a little faster; plus, they lend a pop of color to your garden. Growing vegetables is also rewarding, as the kids will take great pleasure in eating what they’ve grown. Other possibilities include sunflowers, blackberries, peas, and lettuce. You might be surprised at how willingly children eat their greens when they’ve had a hand in growing them. Family gardens can bring something new and fresh to your home. So, get outside, enjoy the sun, and discover the joys of plants and gardening.

would think that, hey, he’s screwed, and he is going to get a DUI. Based on our workup of the case, the officer’s attitude at the DMV hearing, and the good information we got at the motion to suppress, I was able to successfully negotiate a settlement. All of the DUI charges were dismissed, and my client pleaded no contest to moving infractions. His total fine was an infraction of $200, which was like a parking ticket. And we beat all these infractions as non-pointers, which means they didn’t show up as points on his DMV record.

–Patrick Silva

The Race I Nearly Quit TRUE GR I T

The True Grit Epic Race, a mountain bike competition, was Saturday, March 10. I prepped for five weeks before the event. Then, on the Sunday prior to the race, I came down with a chest cold. By Friday, I wasn’t feeling much better, but I wasn’t going to let a chest cold get in my way. On Friday afternoon, my son and I loaded up the car and headed for St. George, Utah. We arrived at midnight and had five hours to sleep. I had taken cold medicine and wasn’t feeling the best. Between coughing fits, I tried to get a few hours of shut-eye. At 4 a.m., I was up. I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I managed to eat a breakfast consisting of a banana and a protein shake. Then we headed to Santa Clara, a town just up the road from St. George. We arrived at 6:30, and I grabbed my number plate and got ready for the 50-mile race — 43 miles of which were on a dirt trail. The races started, and we took off down a main street at 25–30 mph. Moments later, we hit the dirt. The trail was rocky shale, and when we weren’t climbing, we were going down. It was also a really technical course. I had tested the trail a month earlier, and it beat me and left my bike broken.

But I got everything fixed and installed new, stiffer, tubeless tires, complete with sealant (Stan’s NoTubes).

I arrived at a particularly difficult section: the “Zen.” It got me. The rock sliced into my tire and I was leaking sealant. I stopped, pulled off the tire, installed a backup tube, and went on my way. About 10 miles later, I realized I was losing air. I had a puncture. Then, my tire pump broke, though I was able to fix it. I was being worn down. Mentally, I had quit. One problem led to another. I decided to pump up the tire again. My game plan was to bike 50 yards, pump the tire back up, and slowly work my way out. But as I inflated the tire, I realized it was holding air. The sealant must have gotten into the puncture. For the next stretch, I biked slow and steady. I asked an official to point me toward a way out, but that led me to another official. Before I knew it, I was at the last aid station where I met a bike repair guy. He got me patched up, and for the next 5 miles, I pushed on at full speed and crossed the finish line. I did it! I was sick as a dog and my throat was killing me, but my legs felt great.

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Roasted Asparagus With Lemon Breadcrumbs

Recipe inspired by Food and Wine Magazine


• 1 cup panko breadcrumbs • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped • 2 teaspoons lemon zest • Juice of one lemon (not packaged lemon juice)

• 2 pounds asparagus • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • Kosher salt • Freshly ground pepper • 2 garlic cloves, minced

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heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and fold in parsley and lemon zest.

1. Heat oven to 425 F.

Toss asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and

bake for 20–26 minutes, turning asparagus halfway through. 2. When asparagus is nearly

3. Transfer asparagus to

serving platter, drizzle with lemon juice, and top with breadcrumb mixture.

done, heat remaining olive oil in a small skillet over medium

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The Origins of April Fools’ Day

Although April Fools’ Day has been celebrated for centuries by cultures around the world, the holiday’s origin is unclear. Historians point to a variety of possible beginnings, but the only solid conclusion is that the April Fools’ Day we know today is a blend of traditions. THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR In 1582, France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Some people were slow to get the news, and others failed to recognize that the start of the year had moved from April 1 to Jan. 1. Those who celebrated during the last week of March became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. People placed paper fish on the backs of March celebrators to symbolize young, easily caught fish and referred to them as “poissons d’avril,” or “April fools.” HILARIA Other historians have linked April Fools’ Day to the ancient Roman festival Hilaria, which was celebrated at the end of March. The festival honored Cybele, a mother of gods, and celebrations included parades, masquerades, and jokes to honor the vernal equinox, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. 4 | THE HISTORY OF APRIL FOOLS’ DAY FOOLED AGAIN

‘CANTERBURY TALES’ Another origin story comes from Geoffrey Chaucer’s 1392 book, “The Canterbury Tales.” There are still questions about whether Chaucer really wrote the stories and whether they have any direct link to April Fools’ Day. In the book, Chaucer describes the date “32 March.” Some believe this was a joke, because March 32 doesn’t exist, but some medievalists insist it was a misprint. April Fools’ Day certainly has murky origins. Whether our traditions come from the Gregorian calendar switch, Hilaria, or even “The Canterbury Tales,” we can all enjoy our chance to let loose and play pranks on our friends and family at least one day each year.

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