Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. January 2018

Want to See Better Report Cards in 2018?

Make Reading a Family Resolution

SET REWARD MILESTONES Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a certain number of books completed or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end goal to really cement those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring. recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to-be-read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, and more. With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration. Biblionasium offers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household. USE READING APPS Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find

Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms. MAKE IT A FAMILY RESOLUTION There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house somewhere as a monument to all the knowledge your family has gained.

Trends in DUI Cases Medications, Breathalyzers, and the Truth

Attorneys Jim Snell and Vicki Koutsogiannis recently attended a seminar to address the latest trends in DUI cases. The lectures focused on prescription drug-based arrests for DUI and challenging evidence gathered by South Carolina’s state-approved Breathalyzer. The event was instructive and will allow us to further aid our clients facing DUI charges. It might sound crazy, but an increasing number of DUI arrests come from citizens pulled over in possession of medication. Even when this medication is prescribed by a doctor and all documentation is present, the police may still arrest a driver. There are no roadside tests that can detect medication levels in a driver’s blood stream, so the arrest usually comes from the officer assuming medication is cause for erratic driving. These arrests rarely hold up in court. Of course, patients should be careful driving while on medication that can impair

motor skills. But a bottle of pills in your purse is hardly cause for arrest.

In cases where alcohol is the suspected intoxicant, officers do have a testing method, but it’s not as infallible as it’s made out to be. In our state, the DataMaster DMT is the breath-testing device used by all police departments. Police and prosecutors try to paint a positive test as a sure sign of a conviction. In fact, there are many ways this technology can be misused or can malfunction. All persons administering a DataMaster test must be certified to do so. Additionally, there are all sorts of factors that can lead to a false positive, ranging from the barometric pressure when the test is taken to operator errors. Staying up to date on the latest trends in policing is critical in providing the best possible defense for our clients. We are proud to provide the most comprehensive defense for clients facing DUI charges.

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