March 9, 2019

Interviewer: Out of all the cases you handle nowadays, what percentage would you say are due to drugs, whether prescription or illegal, versus alcohol?

There Are Three Main Types of Drug-Related DUIs

Jerald Novak: Well, the drug cases fall into three categories. There is the drug user, in other words, someone who consumes some type of recreational substance. That’s your primary type of DUI drug case, or the police stop the driver for some traffic violation. They smell an odor of alcohol.

They claim that the driver failed the field tests and arrest him, and then when they search the car they find paraphernalia and they charge him under the combined influence of alcohol or drugs. In Illinois, even a trace amount of drugs in your system will trigger a charge of driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs. That’s your primary type.

Your secondary type of DUI drug case is someone who has a number of illnesses who is being treated medically and is on a variety of medications. That’s what I alluded to earlier where somebody has a number of medications. Maybe they’ll have a glass of wine with dinner and for some reason when all those medications are mixed together added with small amount of alcohol and it affects their ability to drive.

Then there’s the third variety of DUI, and this is a real case I had, where a gentleman was stopped where he had driven over the center line. When he was stopped by the police, and this was in the middle of the afternoon, the police officer asked him why he drove over the center line. My client had a map in his hand. He said because he was looking at the map while he was driving, he stared at the map a second too long, and went over the center line.

They had him exit the vehicle. He passed all the field tests, and when they searched his car, they found some prescription bottles for a number of medications. He admitted that he had taken those medications for his illnesses. So they arrested him for DUI even though he had clearly passed the field sobriety tests. He was arrested even though he had a very good explanation for why he had gone over the center line. Ultimately we did get that case dismissed.

Those would be the three primary reasons you get a combined influence case or a drug DUI, or if they do a blood or urine test and they find a trace amount of any illegal substance, that’s sufficient to support the charge.

DUI Case History: Does Body Mass and the Effects of Alcohol Consumption

Interviewer: Have you handled any DUIs with unusual circumstances?

Jerald Novak: I had a gentleman about 2 years ago. He was driving his truck, and I wouldn’t say it was terribly late in the evening. He was driving a pickup truck and he came to a T-intersection and was going to make a left-hand turn. He waited for the traffic control device to turn green.

He made his turn and he made a somewhat wide turn. The police officer behind him activated his emergency lights to pull him over, and so the driver stopped almost immediately at the first driveway. Unfortunately, that driveway was not exactly properly aligned with the street. The driver of the truck was in an extended bed pickup truck. In order to make the turn into this driveway, in the course of his turn, his rear wheel went over the curb.

When he stopped and got out of the car, the first thing the police officer said to him is, “Have you had anything to drink tonight?”, and my client responded, “Yes, I’ve had some beer.” The police officer said, “How much have you had to drink tonight?”, and my client said, “Nine beers.”

The police officer then got him out of the car and summarily arrested him for DUI. The part that I hadn’t told you was that my client was 350 pounds. What that really means is that even if he had nine beers, because he had such a large body mass, that amount of alcohol wouldn’t have affected his ability to be a safe and responsible driver.

The whole reason my client made the wide turn at that T-intersection is because he just spilled coffee all over his pants, hot coffee, and he was trying to finish the turn, put the coffee down, and get to someplace safe to clean up. When he exited the vehicle, he was asked if he was drinking, he said yes. He admitted he had nine beers, and he had a big wet spot on his pants.

Circumstantially, it looked really bad. I was able to explain to the jury at 350 pounds, the consumption of nine beers would not affect this individual and I was able to do that by demonstrative evidence.

It was to demonstrate how that much alcohol would not affect someone of that great size. That was a big victory in the courthouse.

Miley Law Firm has certainly handled some interesting cases.



March 5, 2019
If you’re wondering…
Here are some things that you may want to consider:

(1) How many résumés did you send?
Jobseekers tend to send résumés to one or two companies and expect something to happen immediately. That’s a common mistake.

First, most companies put out hiring announcements months before they need to hire. While you’re desperate, waiting for a call, there’s a chance that the company (you sent your résumé to) is just taking it easy. They’re not in a rush to hire.

Second, if you need a job soon, why not apply to at least 15 companies? Imagine, if two of those companies decide to hire you after the interview, you still get the privilege of choosing one.

By not sending more of your résumé, you’ve imposed a limit on yourself. But if you’ll submit more, you’ll have more options.

(2) Apply for a job that fits you. (work you are good at)
Putting in your résumé “any job available” is not a wise idea. The company you want to work for knows what kind of talent they’re looking for.  So should you.
(3) The résumé shouldn’t be all about you. 
It’s about the job you’re applying for. Show the employer how you fit into the job position. If given the chance to work for the company, how will you contribute?

(4) Is your résumé presentable?
People will always judge a book by its cover. So will employers judge you by the kind of résumé you submit. After a quick look, they’ll decide if you’re worth giving the ‘air time’ for an interview.

  • Check for correct grammar and spelling – attention to detail is important.
  • Use quality paper – To stand out from a stack of résumé, print it on premium paper. Don’t pinch a penny in exchange for not getting a monthly income.
  • Attach a photo that’s taken by a professional photographer. Don’t crop your head shot from one of your barkada’s photo.
  • Keep your design clean and elegant. Avoid adding unnecessary elements that will add clutter. (No floral design or glitters please)
  • Instead of just listing your previous job title, emphasize the contribution you made from your last employment.
  • Remember, the purpose of a résumé is not to get you a job, but to make yourself interesting so that you can get an interview.


(5) Consider working for a small business owner.
Unlike a big corporation, small business owners conduct the interview themselves. They are more inclined to chat longer and they tend to decide based on gut feel.

If you’re trustworthy enough, they might even promote you as ‘kanang kamay’.

(6) Get more experience.
Work for free. Did I just hear someone say, “What?… Free?”

Yes, free.

The best way to convince an employer to hire you is to show them what you can do. Sometimes just referring to the résumé won’t do you justice. But if they can see how well you work with others, they’ll be more than willing to hire you as soon as a job position is available.

Even if they don’t, you can still add the work experience into your credentials.

(7) Find a mentor.
Who do you want to emulate? Maybe an uncle who runs a business? Or a family friend who is also an executive in a reputable company?

Ask him to be your mentor. Let him bring you around and teach you. Ask him how he started. Listen to his advice. If he sees you eager enough, he might help you get started. Also companies look most importantly to improve employee attendance so be punctual and dedicated.

(8) Get rid of the ‘entitlement’ attitude.
I’ve met jobseekers who thinks that the government or private companies owe them a job. (I’m sure you don’t think this way!) They don’t owe us anything.

It’s our duty to look for a job.  We are responsible for our own future.

Now, the pointers above are just some tips on how to get a job-interview.  The interview itself is another matter.
Apply what you’ve learned here. And then go learn some more.
March 1, 2019

This encased shaded playground is reasonable for kids from 1 to 8 years old. For more seasoned kids, there is a lot of green open space, where they can run and play. A few BBQs and tables are situated inside the playground zone. For espresso, frozen yogurt or lunch there are a few takeaway shops and bistros over the street. Toilets and showers are situated by the carpark. Amid summer you can swim at the watched shoreline and on the off chance that you have youthful children, there is an extraordinary rockpool.


Dee Why Beach Playground Griffin Road, Dee Why

Dee Why Beach has turned into a well known family spot because of its ongoing redesign. There are 2 astounding playgrounds – one at the southern end, with a lot of tables and seating, making it perfect for families with youthful kids. Also, another littler playground is situated close to the huge vehicle leave, behind Dee Why Surf Club. For more seasoned children, there is an oval, where they can play cricket or simply kick the ball. Dee Why Beach has heaps of great bistros, eateries and a gelato bar with tasty frozen yogurt and espresso. There are a few latrine and shower squares close-by, just as a rockpool.

Cook Park Playgrounds General Holmes Drive, Rockdale

Cook Park extends for 8 kilometers along the western foreshore of Botany Bay It is a fabulous family spot as it offers all that one requirements for an extraordinary outing. A few playgrounds offer extraordinary stimulation for children and a long walkway/bicycle track for youngsters to ride their bikes, rollerblades or bicycles. You will likewise discover BBQs, showers, change rooms, cookout havens and seating, toilets in a few spots. Snatch an espresso, bite or lunch in one of the numerous extraordinary bistros and eateries situated in the recreation center or over the street. For those wishing to get some activity, the length of the recreation center offers an extraordinary walkway/bicycle track, where youngsters can ride their bicycles, bikes, skateboards or rollerblade. Amid summer you can swim at the protected Brighton Le Sands shoreline, which is found ideal beside the recreation center. As the recreation center inverse Sydney Airport, children will appreciate watching planes take off and land.

Maroubra Beach Playground Marine Parade, Maroubra

For youthful children, Maroubra Beach has an incredible encased and shaded playground and for more established kids, there is a fun Skate Park, where children can ride their skateboards, bikes and bicycles. As the playground is found appropriate beside Maroubra Beach, amid summer you can take a plunge in the sea, while the children fabricate sandcastles. A stand and bistro are situated close to the Maroubra Surf Club, where you will likewise discover toilets and showers. The recreation center has a few free BBQs and protected tables with seating and there is a lot of stopping in the carpark.

A fantastic read

February 25, 2019

If your dad is the simple kind who loves being at home, then it won’t be difficult to please him. Just plan a small birthday party with close friends and family He will love you for it and this would certainly be one of the best 90th birthday gift ideas for dad. There is no need to go out and spend exorbitantly on your ad’s 90th birthday. He will simply be happy with just anything you give him. Whatever you pick from among the different 90th birthday gift ideas for dad, just make sure you are doing the right thing for him and he will truly appreciate. Remember that he is your dad and will try to show all his pleasure and surprise even if your gift doesn’t go too well with him.


Start looking at 90th birthday gifts well before time and let your dad think that how much you love him and care for him. He will be just as happier from getting a simple handmade card from his grand child or just have you over for a small family dinner. But plan well ahead before approaching of the big day. After all you shouldn’t be short of 90th birthday gift ideas for dad and do something special for him that he will remember of days to come and bring a smile on his lips whenever he thinks of the day.

February 23, 2019

Heating and cooling Kenosha WI works with several commercial clients and knows the importance of quick, fast service response. Reset assured that a service technician will always be available to address any commercial heating and air conditioning problem that arise.

Our goal is to take care of the problem quickly so that you can get on with running your business. Furthermore, our commercial service technicians makes troubleshooting fast and with a minimum of disruption to the regular operation of your business.

Tips to select a Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor

If your a WI and surrounding area business owner and looking for a commercial repair service technician or a new commercial heating and air conditioning system, it’s better to have Heating and cooling Kenosha WI in business since 1998 install one for you.

There are lot of WI area service companies that offer commercial HVAC services and the following is advised to ensure many years of trouble free operation.

• Check if the service company has liability insurance and worker compensation.
• Make sure that the contract includes yearly preventive maintenance contract.
• Check for hidden charges in the yearly preventive maintenance contract.

Once you narrow down a company(s), get a written proposal listing the name and type of equipment used and if confident – sign the contract.