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How Will Virginia Reckless Driving Affect Your Law School Application?

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Apr 23rd, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Many law schools consider criminal history when you’re applying for law school. There may be even be places on the application for you to list criminal convictions and charges. Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.  That means that even by simply getting the reckless driving ticket that you are currently facing, you may have to report that on your actual application, and can certainly, if they ask about criminal convictions, you would need to report a conviction for reckless driving on your application.

This is why if you’re facing a reckless driving ticket in Virginia, you definitely need to contact me so we can discuss the possibilities of getting a different outcome in your case. Depending upon the overall facts of your case, many outcomes may be possible, such as getting the charge reduced to a minor speeding ticket, or maybe even having the charge dismissed completely.

If your law school application simply asks about criminal convictions, and we can have your reckless driving charge amended to something like speeding or dismissed completely, then you would not need to report that charge on the law school application.

However, if the application asks about any criminal charges, and you have been charged of reckless driving even if the charge was actually later dismissed, you would still have to report that as a charge on your application, because you were in fact accused of the crime of reckless driving.

As you can see, getting in front of this situation is very smart, so you can try to minimize the damage at the very least, and try to minimize the reporting requirements that you might have on your law school application. If this is a situation that you find yourself in, definitely contact me today so we can discuss your options at how I can help.

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How I Celebrated Earth Day

Author: David From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 23rd, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
I recycled. I put copper and lead back in the ground.

After work Wednesday, I headed south for the Black Creek IDPA match. I hadn't been to the weekday event for a couple of seasons, so I was looking forward to shooting it again. Black Creek IDPA sets up a quick fun match, perfect for a weekday afternoon.

All the shooting this month took place on a single stage of six targets, and consisted of five strings, for a total of 36 rounds. Three center targets were set across a table from the shooter and were always engaged in tactical priority and tactical sequence. The remaining three targets were set further back and obscured by barrels to either side.



String 1: Draw and shoot the three center targets with one body shot each, followed by one head shot each, freestyle.
String 2: Same as above, strong hand only.
String 3: Pick up gun from chair, shoot as above, weak hand only.
String 4: "Neutralize" all 6 targets, with a minimum of a -0 or -1 hit on each.
String 5: Engage all targets with two hits each.

That was it. Despite the quickness of the stage — even my slow shooting times came to just 48.90 seconds total — the shoot was fun and challenging. The tactical sequence shooting still requires thought on my part after so many USPSA matches.

This quick match allows for folks to optionally reshoot with multiple guns, which I may try to do in the future. The Black Creek IDPA match is a fun mid-week diversion and I look forward to being a regular this Summer. It's a bit of a drive from Fredericksburg, as most things are. But it's not a bad drive, with 80's rock streaming from my phone...


Blue Mountain Beer Dinner

Author: David From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 22nd, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Events
On Tuesday evening we enjoyed a beer and food pairing with Blue Mountain Brewery at Capital Ale House. The beers were not ones that are usually available at the restaurant, and the food dishes were specially created for the event as well.

The Menu
Hors d'ourves
Toasted smoked Gouda and vegetable brushetta
Paired with Maggie Maibock

Salad
Wedge of romaine with almonds and dates finished with carrot ginger dressing
Paired with Steel Wheels ESB

Appetizer
Beer battered avocado with lime crème fraiche
Paired with A Hopwork Orange

Entrée
Surf and turf of cilantro lime steak and cocoa coconut shrimp with Duchesse potatoes,
paired with Prizefighter IPA

Dessert
Bacon and carrot cake truffles with vanilla cream,
paired with Local Species Belgian Pale Ale


The food was all quite tasty and the pairings worked well. The toasted smoked Gouda and vegetable brushetta that started off the evening was exceptional. A bunch of us suggested to the manager that it would make a good addition the Capital Ale House menu. I know headquarters will be getting a few emails with that same suggestion. The Maggie Maibock went well with the appetizer and was a good "easy" beer to start the evening. The salad course, though simple, was surprisingly enjoyable with the ESB.

The beer battered avocado was an unexpected treat. I wasn't sure at first how if would work, but it did. The selected beer, A Hopwork Orange, raised some questions at our table. I had the beer last year, and I recall it being candy sweet with an orange flavor. The beer poured this evening was a citrusy IPA. The brewery rep also described it has having a wheat beer base, which none of us detected.

Moving on to the main course of "surf and turf" we were treated to tender, juicy steak bits and nut encrusted shrimp. The menu noted "cocoa coconut" but the crunchy coating was all peanut flavor. The Prizefighter IPA was quite similar in flavor to the beer served in the previous course.



And finally dessert! The bacon and carrot cake truffles were either a hit or a miss with the diners. I enjoyed them but I saw some who rejected them outright. Local Species is one of my favorite Blue Mountain beers and it was a fitting finish to the meal.

The speed at which the courses came out seemed to be a bit rushed and I frequently found myself gulping down the last of my beer as the next course was being placed. Colleen noted the absence of any of the brewery's dark beers, and the last three beers were quite similar. But, overall it was a very enjoyable evening. The beers were all poured in generously sized samples, so there was plenty to go along with the food. The food was well prepared and as a whole enjoyed by all and the evening finished with smiles all around. It's been a long time since the Ale House hosted one of these events, and this one was very reasonably priced. I hope CAH does more of these events in the future.



Now, I'm off to email Capital Ale House headquarters with my menu suggestion...


How Will Virginia Reckless Driving Affect Your Medical School Application?

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Apr 22nd, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

If you’re applying for medical school, or you plan to once you graduate from undergrad, and you’re currently charged with reckless driving in Virginia, we definitely need to talk.

Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which means that it is a criminal conviction, if you’re found guilty. Simply by getting a reckless driving ticket, you are currently charged with a misdemeanor that could be required to be reported to medical schools when you apply. That means this is definitely a situation that you need to get out in front of to try to minimize the damage that may go down on your permanent record. You’ll be much better to be able to say that you’ve had a charge and it was later reduced to something minor like a speeding ticket, when you apply to medical school.

Depending upon the facts of your reckless driving charge, many outcomes may be possible such as having it reduced to a minor offense such as speeding or maybe even having it dismissed completely. Of course, if it’s dismissed completely, you might not have to report anything on your medical school applications.

If you’re charged with reckless driving in Virginia, you definitely need to contact me. We can discuss what possibilities may work out in your case. Also,  how I can help you to get the best result possible to help streamline your medical school application and help make sure that the reckless driving ticket doesn’t affect your prospect for the future.

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Real Estate agents harass woman

Author: jedmisten From http://fredericksburgrealestateblog.com • Apr 22nd, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local

I sometimes catch some heat from real estate agents who have been taught, and who steadfastly adhere to the ritual of cold calling people to secure clients.  That is because I choose to operate our business in a completely different manner, and am outspoken about this issue.  I have spent countless hours over the years studying my industry, learning my craft, and working diligently to be the best resource for a consumer in Fredericksburg real estate market.  I don’t want to undermine all the work, study and experience by acting in a way that makes people perceive me as anything less than an expert.  To that end, I am not going to call someone and essentially manipulate them into becoming my client.

It is my position that people should do business with people that they know, like and trust.  That applies to any business.  If you don’t like and trust the people behind the business, then don’t do business with them.  I have yet to figure out why I would like and trust someone who cold calls me to garner my business.  I don’t perceive those telemarketers as experts.  It is very likely that you don’t either.

Instead, I think of situations like the one with my friends Jeremy and Jessica Gaston.  A few years ago they were referred to our team by Jessica’s mother.  In the time since that referral, we have helped them sell one home and buy another.  They have become very dear friends, not only to me but to my daughter as well.  I love them. I ask them for counsel when we are considering new business ideas.  They refer everyone to me that they know who is looking to buy or selll.  They know, like and trust me.  They know what I stand for on issues that far surpass real estate.  That is how I want my business to operate… with as many Jeremy and Jessicas as I can meet.  I don’t believe it is very likely that I build very many relationships like that one from cold calling.

Check out this news story from Aurora, Colorado.  A woman took her home off the market and was brought to tears by the harassment she encountered from cold calling real estate agents… around 100 in a single day… seriously the video in this link is worth watching.

Channel 9 News Story – Woman harassed by real estate calls

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Real Estate agents harass woman

Author: jedmisten From http://fredericksburgrealestateblog.com • Apr 22nd, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local

I sometimes catch some heat from real estate agents who have been taught, and who steadfastly adhere to the ritual of cold calling people to secure clients.  That is because I choose to operate our business in a completely different manner, and am outspoken about this issue.  I have spent countless hours over the years studying my industry, learning my craft, and working diligently to be the best resource for a consumer in Fredericksburg real estate market.  I don’t want to undermine all the work, study and experience by acting in a way that makes people perceive me as anything less than an expert.  To that end, I am not going to call someone and essentially manipulate them into becoming my client.

It is my position that people should do business with people that they know, like and trust.  That applies to any business.  If you don’t like and trust the people behind the business, then don’t do business with them.  I have yet to figure out why I would like and trust someone who cold calls me to garner my business.  I don’t perceive those telemarketers as experts.  It is very likely that you don’t either.

Instead, I think of situations like the one with my friends Jeremy and Jessica Gaston.  A few years ago they were referred to our team by Jessica’s mother.  In the time since that referral, we have helped them sell one home and buy another.  They have become very dear friends, not only to me but to my daughter as well.  I love them. I ask them for counsel when we are considering new business ideas.  They refer everyone to me that they know who is looking to buy or selll.  They know, like and trust me.  They know what I stand for on issues that far surpass real estate.  That is how I want my business to operate… with as many Jeremy and Jessicas as I can meet.  I don’t believe it is very likely that I build very many relationships like that one from cold calling.

Check out this news story from Aurora, Colorado.  A woman took her home off the market and was brought to tears by the harassment she encountered from cold calling real estate agents… around 100 in a single day… seriously the video in this link is worth watching.

Channel 9 News Story – Woman harassed by real estate calls

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Will You Get Jail for an Interlock Violation?

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Apr 21st, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Judges treat these very harshly. If you are facing interlock violations, you are likely looking at some period of jail time. How much we’re talking and what we can do to avoid that depends on the court that you’re in and the judge that we have for your ASAP violation. Contact me today to see how I can help you.


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Giving Honor to Special Little Heart Warriors

Author: jedmisten From http://fredericksburgrealestateblog.com • Apr 21st, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local

Last Thursday I went to take my son Jase for a walk.  About half way through I realized it was time for our dear friend’s 7 ½ month old daughter to be headed into open heart surgery. I stopped the stroller on the side of the road, and right there I kneeled down and prayed with Jase for our sweet Lucy girl. I had faith that everything would turn out perfectly.  That confidence was boosted partially due to a Facebook page I had randomly started following earlier in the week.

Heart warrior Lucy

Heart Warrior Lucy

Knowing that Lucy was going to be undergoing open heart surgery soon, when heart warrior Finn popped up in my news feed needing prayers, of course I immediately started following his page. It wasn’t until Finn’s Mom, Kelly posted on the Facebook page, enlisting the help of Finn’s supporters organize thank you notes to Finn’s surgeon, cardiologist, and the nurses at UVA for taking such amazing care of Finn that it clicked! I re-read it another time, “the nurses at UVA”… Lucy was at UVA too! How I had missed that up to this point I don’t know, but I immediately typed up a message to the “Prayers for Finn” Facebook page. This is what my message said:

“I have been praying so hard for Finn and I JUST realized you are at UVA. My very good friend’s daughter just had heart surgery today. I know this sounds weird but if you see Brian and Kristi Verna and their sweet baby Lucy please say hello!”

Before I hit the send button, I sat there a moment and thought these people are going to think that I have lost my mind. The thought that followed was, oh well it won’t be the first time someone has thought that! Off the message went.

Kelly immediately responded with “No way!  Guess what? They were in the room right next to us and we didn’t know it!” The next part is just mind blowing, Kelly said she was emailing the social worker and asking them to deliver a “lovey” to Lucy right away, and that once Lucy was moved to the step down floor to please let her know so that she could go give Kristi a huge hug. The enormity of that hit me, what an amazing family this is!  In middle of a child having a major surgery, they are reaching out to help and encourage others!

I figured I better warn Kristi that if a stranger ran up to her and hugged her, that it was Finn’s Mom! Kristi responded “Hugs are my best friend right now!” The families have now met and I actually did not have to let Kelly know when Lucy was moved because for the second time in the massive hospital that UVA is, they ended up being next door again! They realized once they met that they have so much in common that I am sure that they will be heart buddies forever. I am certain that fate intervened and this was a divine meeting.  Every time I think about how many things fell into place for this meeting, I am in pure awe.

#spreadthelovey

#spreadthelovey

When we met for our regular Monday meeting this week I knew I had to tell my team about these awesome families and their heart warriors Lucy and Finn. You see, the “lovey” that was sent to Lucy was received by many other children in the hospital on the day of Finn’s open heart surgery. You can see the full story of Finn and the lovey’s here on Fredericksburg.com.

When asked what we could do to help, Michael and Kelly Blumenthal (Finn’s Parents) asked that we direct people to www.spreadthelovey.com.  From there click on “#spreadthelovey Donation to Heart Warriors”, then in the “Donate to” drop down box select Friends of Finn at UVA Hospital.  , enter the code KIND for free shipping and select the ABC lovey. It will say it’s shipping to them but it will go to the Blumenthal’s and they will be packaged up and given to kids just like Lucy!

Story by: Amy Adams

What can you do to help?

Once we heard that information, we quickly donated a lovey from each of our team members.  We are also praying for Finn and Lucy, and every other sweet little angel that is experiencing the same type of medical difficulties.  And now we have a request for you… won’t you donate a lovey?  It’s only $18 per lovey.

Secondly, won’t you comment on our FB page that you have done so and/or pray with us?  We want to pray specifically over every lovey we can that is sent to a special child!

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Pizza Box Recycling

Author: David From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Apr 21st, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
I've often seen used pizza delivery boxes used to hold targets at the range, but Palmer City Alehouse in Alaska makes their reuse even easier.


Neat idea. And cardboard takes up much less room in the recycle bin if it's full of holes.

H/T to Miguel at Gun Free Zone.


How Long Does an Officer Have to Pace You?

Author: marketing From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Apr 20th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

If you’re pulled over by pace in Virginia, you definitely need to contact me so we can see if there’s any defense that you may have, such as the speedometer calibration or whether or not the officer did get a good and steady pace of your vehicle.


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