Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ithaca DWI Defense: What I Learned from the Cornell Tree

Magnificent tree roots at Cornell Plantations

Tree sculpture at Cornell Plantations

I love trees. You knew I had to be a bit quirky practicing in Ithaca, NY. This is a place where you can really observe nature going through it's paces. They go through the seasons up here, and adapt to change. The harshness of our Ithaca winter conditions only strengthens them for the future. I think we can learn from the trees, especially the old ones who have endured and grown strong over long periods of time. Defense is ultimately more than law, more than facts, and more than words on paper.

Why are trees so strong?

In a word, resilience. They can adapt, they are flexible, and that is why their bending is not defeat. Within every criminal case a person accused of a crime or crimes must also be willing, be willing to adapt to change, be willing to endure, and be willing sometimes to go the distance. Part of your attorney 's role as counsel is to assist and support that adaptation. Survivors Adapt!

In every DWI case we must be able to deal with loss of license privileges or lessened privileges.

In every DWI chemical refusal case this loss of license may stretch for many months while our criminal case is unresolved.

In every DWI case we will have things to do and deadlines to meet for the court, the judge, and the prosecutor. Lessening consequences begins here. Finding certainty step by step leads to the best outcome. Meeting these goal markers, or better exceeding them is where success meets opportunity.

Many Hands Make Light Work

Trees have strong foundations made up of many branches all working in unison to provide support.
Bending our schedules, our routines, and leaning on others may not be what we want to do but it may be what we need to do. Family and friends play a role in our getting over and past this point in our lives. You truly discover who will be there for you in times like these. In my practice I have seen friendships and marriages end over a DWI, and I have also witnessed friendships and marriages strengthened over a DWI.

I believe that people much like trees can endure, can overcome, can learn, can adapt, and can emerge stronger from harsh conditions and situations. So I'll leave with with a favorite quote for it embodies my personal philosophy, and has helped me through hard times.

"That which does not kill us, makes us stronger" 

                                                 Friedrich Nietzsche

Always remember to consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.

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