Law Office Of Patrick Silva - April 2018

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

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