Why You Should Fight Hard to Beat DWI Charges in Court

In some jurisdictions within the US, DUI is also known as DWI. DUI means, Driving Under Influence while DWI is Driving While Intoxicated. An officer of the law is permitted by law to haul you before a court if he suspects that you’re driving while intoxicated. This is because you endanger other people’s lives on the road. Fellow road users have the right to drive their cars. Pedestrians too have the right to be on the road. As bad as the charges are, you can beat them with the help of a good DWI lawyer in Springfield, Missouri.

So, how can you beat these charges?

Get a good lawyer

As previously stated, a good lawyer is all you need. You also need a bit of luck on your side. The lawyer has to put the prosecution on its toes. This is because the law requires the prosecution to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that you were caught driving while intoxicated. Many officers commit several errors while collecting evidence to prove that you’re guilty. A good lawyer stays attentive at all times, thus ensuring that he identifies the errors committed. His main job is to discredit any evidence the officers collected wrongly.

Understand the penalties

Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime. The penalties associated with this type of crime are too severe. For example, you’re likely to lose any driving privileges that you have enjoyed over the years. You might also have to pay a heavy fine. Jail time might be waiting for you if the courts discover that this isn’t your first offense. Most importantly, the crime will follow you the rest of your life. This should give you enough motivation to fight the charges with everything you have, including a good DWI attorney Springfield, MO.

Take action early

Any time you try applying for a job, the prospective employer is likely to want to know more about you. The employer will ask you questions and find answers on his own. He will not rely entirely on what you tell him. If the records show that you were once convicted of DUI or DWI, your application to join college or get a new job could fall flat on its face. Therefore, avoid waiting until the last minute to hope for the best. Such crimes are not good to handle with such a mindset. The best approach is to hire a good lawyer quickly.

A good attorney is experienced. A good attorney has a record of getting reduced sentences or acquittals for his clients. Fighting these charges does not mean asking for reduced sentences. It means working hard to convince the court to dismiss the charges. Hire the lawyer immediately you’re told you were arrested for driving while intoxicated. This way, the lawyer is able to go through all the details of the case and collect his own evidence. He’s also able to offer whatever advice that you need during the court proceedings and seek your input where necessary.

Therefore, you now have enough reasons to hire a DWI lawyer in Springfield, Missouri.

Tips for Pricing a Home so that it Sells Fast

Selling a home fast depends on many factors. Pricing is just one of the factors. Other factors include curb appeal, the condition of the interior and exterior, cleanliness, location, features and listing. However, the home won’t sell faster if you ignore the issue of pricing. A home might have everything it needs for a quick sell yet remain in the market for a much longer period simply because of poor pricing.

Remember that good pricing leads to fast sales. So, how should you price your home?  A fast sale is possible, but only if you follow the tips listed here (there are companies that can handle this for you, try this link to get a free online quote to help me sell my property fast.)

The housing market can be tricky, here's some help for getting a house sold quickly.
The housing market can be tricky, here’s some help for getting a house sold quickly.

By studying former sales

Study the market. Do a bit of research to find how other similar homes in the neighborhood were priced. Take time to study all statistics from past sales. No two sales can be similar. Your point of sales could be different from other similar houses in the same neighborhood. Studying the past sales statistics helps you to understand how the market is likely to behave. Do this as the first step towards establishing an authentic and accurate list price.

Avoid overpricing

Overpricing doesn’t work well if you need to sell your piece of real estate fast, especially if you think that you have too much time on your hands. Overpricing might work if the market is doing well and appreciating. Overpricing in a stable market only forces your house to remain in the market too long without attracting any serious buyer. Overpricing when the market is on a decline can only lead to massive losses.

Negotiate without overreaching

Negotiation is an art. Learn the art and improve your negotiation skills. The seller and buyer have to find common ground. A bit of compromise is permissible if it helps you to sell the house fast. Never leave the negotiation table feeling you didn’t get the best price for your house. Avoid overreaching. Avoid forcing the buyer to overpay. Start with a price that gives the two of you enough room for haggling. If the price is too high, buyers will consider you unrealistic.

Approach the sale like a buyer

Study what buyers are like in homes. Study the qualities of houses that sold fast to see why they attracted buyers quickly. Equip the home with everything that buyers would find attractive. Let the home impress prospective buyers. Discuss some of the prevailing buyer trends with your agent. A property that has a mountain view sells faster than one that faces the interstate. However, you should be aware that no home is perfect. Buyers will find faults with your home.

Be swift and decisive

You can never go wrong by being prompt. Be flexible enough to adjust the price as soon as you receive feedback that it’s priced too high. If your property keeps attracting bad reviews, the situation will never improve if you do nothing. First impressions are crucial if you intend to sell your property fast. Some homes remain in the market for long yet nobody sees them. Make the home visible to all prospective buyers.


How to Raise Money Quickly for Your First House

Generally, you have to save a long time to raise enough capital to buy a new house. You have to sacrifice a lot to make this happen. At times, you have to postpone the plans if a financial emergency hits you. However, you can also raise money for the first house quickly. You don’t have to wait years to raise enough money. The good news is that you only have to be creative by finding a legitimate company that buys real estate in the Inland Empire.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Selling Stuff
Your first home is a big step, here is what you can do to help raise money for the purchase.
Your first home is a big step, here is what you can do to help raise money for the purchase.

Do you have something worth selling? If you do, put it up for sale. Furniture, cars, and other valuable assets are worth selling to support your dream of owning your first house. Some stuff would not sell well, thus leaving you with the job of finding other avenues for the cash. Electronics, books, DVDs, clothes and gift cards are all worth selling. Jewelry is likely to raise more funds, especially if it’s made of diamond or gold and other materials.

  • Renting Stuff

The next strategy is to rent your stuff. For example, if you have some additional office space, renting it out for some time would be an excellent way of raising enough money to pay the deposit for your first house. Consider renting an extra room to guests. You could charge night, weekly or monthly rates depending on your agreements with the renter/tenant. Don’t hesitate to rent your car, boat, yacht or other large assets too.

  • Taking Loans

You might also have to consider loans. Personal loans are good, but only if you can convince your bank to approve your application. Today, it’s much harder convincing your bank to give you a personal loan. Nonetheless, you should not feel dissuaded if the bank doesn’t approve your request for personal loans. Feel free to borrow from friends and family too. Visit peer-to-peer lending sites for some loans too. You need great credit scores to qualify for some of these loans.

  • Selling Your Services

Find something that you can do for extra income. Let people know your skills. Let friends and family know what you have specialized in. Market your skills more. For example, you could work as a baby sitter. You could work as a virtual assistant for additional income. You could work as a dog walker or pet sitter. You can do whatever you set your mind to do for the chance to earn the extra dollar and raise money for your first house. Your skills are your goldmine.

  • Tapping Your Assets

It pays to tap your assets. For example, there’s no point holding on to that life insurance policy when you can liquidate it for some extra money. Consider returning items that you’re not planning to use and asking for a refund. Consider cashing in your certificate of deposit (CD), early. However, don’t try tapping or emptying your 401(k). Getting cash advance based on your credit cash is also not highly recommended as it could affect your credit scores.

Based on these reasons, you need to know is that you can raise money for your first home fast.

Fair WAGES At Work

Every once in a while you are privileged to be able to work with people who have found a way to tackle some of the toughest challenges our society faces. While I’m passionate about politics, the environment, and health care, nothing is of greater concern to me than issues of justice & equity. And while we know that systemically all these issues are related, choosing to work on creating a new paradigm for low income, minority women is work that most of us are simply unable or unwilling to do.

Creating the opportunity for women to build a life for them selves and their families on a foundation of secure, respectable, and reasonably-paid employment is a dream that is beyond the reach of many Americans. WAGES is succeeding in creating this new possibility. Working with over 50 Latino women in the East Bay area of San Francisco, they have created three successful, worker-owned home cleaning business cooperatives that have changed lives and created hope.

Seventh Generation has been challenged to find ways to reach out to the low-income community. WAGES has provided us with the opportunity to provide education and to ensure these women benefit from using safer and healthier products in the work they do every day.

While our partnership is in it’s infancy, it’s one that fills me with hope and possibility. Check them out. And if you live where they’ve got a coop and need some healthy cleaning help, give them a call!

DREAM – they are back and with a v-log to-boot

So on July 11th a whole lot of 7th Geners are going to do the Dreamexperience. I am not sure what that will be, but we will have a camera crew to capture. Here is a guest blog from Daniel Shearer our ongoing Dream-blog voice…WR

Us folks at the DREAM Program office put a ton of creative love into our work. This film covers one of our efforts to clean up our environmental impact. We get inspired by people coming together for exciting fun, like building our bus and hopping on for trips. Great adventures happen with groups of excited people and that’s why one of our core values is Contagious Energy. Learn more about the rest here: Dream Program Come visit! Daniel

Secrets, Lies, and Sweatshops

A few weeks ago BusinessWeek ran an unusually long and cautionary taleabout the challenges and limitations of “ethical” purchasing in China.

“Some companies that thought they were making dramatic progress are discovering otherwise. A study commissioned by Nike last year covered 569 factories it uses in China and around the world that employ more than 300,000 workers. It found labor-code violations in every single one.”

Seventh Generation has for these and other reasons decided not to source anything from China. We are clearly the exception to the rule. But decisions about sourcing products from developing countries are by no means black and white. Our own decisions have more to do with our small size and our limited ability to influence and monitor factory operations than any categorical philosophical beliefs about global trade. We do, however, believe for a host of reasons that sourcing locally, or as close to where we sell as we can get, is usually preferred.

“BusinessWeek reviewed summaries of 28 recent industry audits of Chinese factories serving U.S. customers. A few factories supplying Black & Decker, Williams-Sonoma, and other well-known brands turned up clean. But these facilities were the exceptions.”

This seemingly negative and disappointing portrait should be contrasted against the series of stories New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof wrote in 2004:

“All the complaints about third world sweatshops are true and then some: factories sometimes dump effluent into rivers or otherwise ravage the environment. But they have raised the standard of living in Singapore, South Korea and southern China, and they offer a leg up for people in countries like Cambodia.”

Kristof profiles children desperate to work in “exploiting” factories rather than face a much more dismal alternative.

What’s the answer? Heather White, Founder of Verite, the non-profit social auditing and research organization writes,

“(The BusinessWeek story) is the first piece to fully explore the recent challenges to monitoring factories in China. However it is not a simple case of dishonest factories trying to avoid complying with good American labor standards.The complicity of US corporations, the prevailing business model, and the mandates of corporate monitors should not be forgotten in the discussion. Most US companies tend to take a superficial approach, hire commercial auditors who don’t ask pertinent questions, and now require the factories the pay the monitoring costs.”

I would highly recommend anyone interested in sourcing from developing nations to consider talking to Verite first!

All Communities Are Not Created Equal

On July 28, 2007, the Chicago Tribune reported a story that happens every day but rarely makes the headlines:

“All communities are not created equal,” said Robert Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, who has been documenting racial and environmental disparities for more than 20 years. “If a community is low-income and comprised mostly of people of color, it generally gets more than its fair share of those things that people don’t want.”

What brought the story to light in this case was the release of a new study by the University of Texas School of Public Health, which showed that children living within 2 miles of the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel have a 56 percent greater risk of contracting acute lymphocytic leukemia than children living farther away.

The study echoes others in the past. For example, one analysis of data collected by the federal Environmental Protection Agency conducted by The Associated Press in 2005 found that blacks are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of posing the greatest health danger.

Facts like these show that environmental racism is still very much alive and an issue that needs attention from all of us. We won’t live in a truly just and equitable world until we solve it

Can anyone live on $10,712 a year?

Higher wages benefit business by increasing consumer purchasing power, reducing costly employee turnover, raising productivity, and improving product quality, customer satisfaction and company reputation. Today’s minimum wage workers have less buying power than minimum wage workers had half a century ago. We cannot build a strong 21st century economy when more and more hardworking Americans struggle to make ends meet.

The federal minimum wage is finally increasing on July 24 for the first time in nearly eleven years. Yet, there are no shortage of business groups who opposed the increase and claim, “It’s bad for business.” Please join me in saying a raise for those at the bottom won’t hurt the bottom line. In fact, states that have raised their minimum wages above the stagnant $5.15 level have had better business trends than the other states.

I joined with more than 650 business owners and executives to sign a statement supporting an increase in the minimum wage. Other leaders supporting the increase include Costco CEO Jim Sinegal and apparel industry leader Eileen Fisher. Our support made a difference in Congress.

Now, we need your help to grow our signatories list to more than 1,000 business people before July 24 to get our positive message in the media and all around the country. Whether you are in a state with a $5.15 minimum wage or a state with a higher minimum wage, please join us by adding your name today!

Please go to Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and add your name to this important statement to strengthen business support for a higher minimum wage.

Philanthropy as a competitive sport

This week the Financial Times reported that Ark, or “Absolute Return for Kids”, set up by leaders in the hedge fund industry raised $53 million at a single event, up from less than $5 million in 2002. Dinners bided over $1 million for a Kenyan safari. The head of one hedge fund group commented “I donate because I’m superstitious; I worry that if I don’t, my luck will run out.”

Ok, as strange as this sounds it represents a huge opportunity to educate this small group of people on how they can use their money and resources to generate real and lasting systemic change. I have said for a long time that there is a huge business opportunity to help those with lots of money develop personal strategies to take on the most difficult issues. Giving money away is hard work, as Bill Gates has found. It’s easiest to give it away in big chunks to established causes – traditional risk management.

Someone needs to step into this void. Here is the article in FN. Business buys into giving something back


Charles Holmes from the Dalai Lama Center For Peace and Education

Met up with Charles Holmes from the Dalai Lama Center For Peace and Education in Vancouver BC at the SoL event in Atlanta a week or so ago. Inspiring guy teaching peace, sustainability and leadership. Check out more of what he does at Learning Strategies . Good guy….WR

Dethroning King Coal

Welcome to Thursday and this inspired guest post from global protagonist Veronica Bach

Watching with horror the latest in the series of fatal mine worker deaths, I was thinking that we should be able to provide these wonderful people alternative jobs that would produce energy, but would allow them to work above ground in a safer environment. Stopping the use of coal in our energy systems would save many lives in every area of the production of it, including the final result of a coal plant. My idea is to begin with the states where coal mining is the predominant part of the economy, and start recruiting their workers to be retrained for solar panel making and wind power jobs. We could begin in our country, and then take it global, including China and Australia.

For what it’s worth.

Thy Neighbors Cash

In the August 5, 2007 New York Times Book review of Robert H. Frank’s new book FALLING BEHIND: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class, reviewer Daniel Gross notes:

Knowing that Steve Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group made almost $400 million last year, or that he spent $3 million last February on his 60th-birthday party, doesn’t simply make the typical American green with envy, and hence unhappy. Rather, Frank argues, the problem is that extreme consumption — at which Schwarzman excels — helps shape norms for the whole society, not just his fellow plutocrats.

This theme, which is also the focus of much of Deep Economy by Bill McKibben, is wrapped in a sobering view of just how concentrated wealth is becoming. What sounds fascinating about Gross’ book is how this effects our dreams and aspirations, and causes us to plummet ever faster toward an unsustainable future. Gross’s review continues:

In an economy where the wealthy set the norms for consumption and people at every rung strain to maintain the consumption of those just above them, that spells trouble. In today’s arms race, the top 1 percent are armed to the teeth and everybody else is scavenging for ammunition. Between 1980 and 2001, Frank notes, the median size of new homes in the United States rose from 1,600 to 2,100 square feet, “despite the fact that the median family’s real income had changed little in the intervening years.” The end result? Frank methodically presents data showing that the typical American now works more, saves less, commutes longer and borrows more to maintain what he or she views as an appropriate standard of living.Because the gains have been so lopsided — the richest 1 percent have seen their share of national income rise from 8.2 percent in 1980 to 17.4 percent in 2005.