How to Find the Best DWI Lawyer

Getting the best DUI attorney in San Antonio can be a daunting task, especially if it is your first time to be arrested for driving under influence. So, you need to know how to get the best one who will provide you with high level representation. Here are some of the ways on how to find the best DWI lawyer.



One of the best ways to get an experienced and qualified San Antonio DUI attorney is through referrals from other people who have knowledge about the different DUI lawyers in your area. Ask other attorneys in your location about the best DUI attorneys around. Other lawyers are a good source to get recommendations because they know each other well because of the networking that occurs among them. The best way is to ask them who they would hire if they are the ones arrested driving under the influence. If it is possible, you need to determine the reputation has in defending clients in an aggressive manner.


National college for DUI defense

This is another great source where you can get a competent and experienced DUI lawyer. This is a non profit legal organization that educates and trains DUI defense lawyers. So, here you can be able to get a list of the most qualified and experienced lawyers around who can help you out of your troubles. Due to the fact that such cases can be complicated, you will be able to get lawyers who are exclusively dedicated to dealing with DUI cases only.


Legal sites

As a result of the rapid development of internet technology, most DUI lawyers in San Antonio have turned to the use of websites to promote their legal services. Thus, by searching online, you will come across many DUI lawyers promoting their services on their sites. Take your time to go through the websites and get the one who demonstrate high level of competence, experience, cost, and one with more positive reviews among the clients whom the lawyer has presented in similar case like yours. Avoid the DUI lawyers who will only include positive reviews, because they may not be genuine.

After you have listed about three lawyers from the above sources, then you need to select just one among the three. Here some questions you need to ask to filter them.

How many years have you practiced drunk driving defense?

This is an important question because you should choose a lawyer who is more experienced among them. Such a lawyer will have extensive knowledge that will make him or her offer high level legal presentation.

Are you a member of any legal body?

A good lawyer should belong to at least one legal organization. A DUI lawyer should be a member of national college of DUI defense. There are also many other organizations that a good lawyer should be a member of. This will ensure that you hire a reputable and committed attorney for your case.

Do you have other lawyers you work with?

It is good to verify whether a DUI lawyer has other lawyers to determine whether or not he or she will delegate your case to others or will handle the case themselves. It is good to work with an attorney who will handle the case by him/herself, instead of passing the duties over to others.

How to Become a Qualified Hair Stylist

Are you looking forward to becoming a qualified hair stylist? Then this article will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how you can attain your goal. Note that customers visit a hair salon with a stylist to help them attain the image they want to show to the world. A salon is not only a place for customers to have their hair done, but also a place to chat and unwind. Here are some of the ways on how you can become a highly qualified hair stylist.


Get fashion advice

Just like any other profession, you need a lot of fashion advice to become an expert in this field. You need to get advice from professional mobile hairdressers harrogate on the skills and techniques used to make hair look great. You need to seek advice on how to be able to be on your feet all day and how to handle different customers. This way you gain practical knowledge and skills that you can apply in your hair salon. Through such advice you gain skills on how to become a good listener, handle customers and how to deal with difficult clients.


Attend classes

Like many other courses, you need to attend hairdressing classes to get the required training. Today, there are many hairdressing training colleges that offer certificate courses. There are also universities that are offering hair dressing diplomas and degrees. This will allow you get state license to work as a hair stylist. All you need to do is to ensure you enroll in a school that is accredited by the relevant authorities to offer the courses.


Networking with other hairstylists

In order to gain more customers especially at the beginning, you need to showcase your work as a hair stylist. You will require to have your portfolio of photos that demonstrates your skills as a hairdresser. Ensure that you learn how to do different hairstyles, so that you can be able to show them in your portfolio. This way you will gain the confidence of clients and also exchange views with other qualified stylists through networking using different forums. You can also present the photos digitally on a customized site. Other hairstylists will learn from you and you also learn from them.


Do not forget the finances

You will not become a qualified hairstylist if you do not have required finances to set up your salon or get extra training. Thus, you need to have a well planned budget for training and start up for opening up your salon.

Tips for Hiring Asbestos Attorneys

Looking for an mesothelioma lawyer in Dallas may not be as easy as it may seem, especially if it is your first time to hire a lawyer. The process is can be more complicated theses days days, because of the higher number of asbestos attorneys practicing in this specialist area. Therefore, this article provides you with several factors you need to consider during the process. Here are a few tips that will ensure you get the best attorney for your case.


Consider the Experience of the Attorney

It is important to consider if the lawyer has enough experience in asbestos lawsuit. You need to note that the Dallas mesothelioma attorneys  specialize in certain filed of law. Thus, make sure that you hire a lawyer who is familiar in legal matters pertaining to your issues and has the required experience in mesothelioma law. For example, an attorney who specializes in drafting of wills, will not be the perfect choice when it comes to asbestos law. Make sure that you ask the lawyer if he or she has experience in handling similar cases to yours. Ask the number of cases the lawyer has handled, the cases the attorney has tried and ask how the lawyer intends to handle the case.


Costs and Fees

You need to ask the amount of fees the lawyer will charge you for the case. It is also important to ask if you will be responsible for other charges and fees beyond the quoted cost. You need to hire a mesothelioma lawyer in Dallas who explains the fees in writing within a good time after the lawyer agrees to represent you in the case. You need to note that an attorney may charge you extra fees for copying the court documents, research services, filing fees and others. Ensure that you understand the amount and how you will be charged the fees involved.


Asbestos Lawsuit Records

Your asbestos attorney may request you for documents related to your case. Make sure that you have copies of the documents if you provide the attorney with originals. Do not hire a lawyer who is not interested with your documents because he or she may not represent you effectively.



Not all asbestos attorneys have good reputation among the clients. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you hire an attorney with a good name among the clients. The reputation of an attorney is determined by the cost, quality of legal representation provided and how the lawyer relates to the clients. To avoid making a mistake of hiring an attorney who is not reputable, seek recommendations from trustworthy people or check for the various reviews provided by the clients on different websites about asbestos attorneys.


Success Rate

You need to hire an asbestos attorney with more than 70 percent success rate in the cases handled. A good lawyer will be willing to show you the cases he or she has succeeded and the ones failed. This will help you determine whether the attorney has high chances of representing you successfully in your case.

Week 17: Mark’s Kitchen Fundraiser and Dia del Nino

The outdoors are calling my name– and yours!– on this deliciously perfect fall afternoon, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Just a few quick invitations and updates:

Mark’s Kitchen Third Tuesday Fundraiser– TOMORROW 9/21 9am-9pm
By now, you know the drill… bring the friends, the fam, yourself, and come on out to Mark’s Kitchen anytime tomorrow! 10% of the day’s proceeds go directly to the Crossroads Farmers Market. With vegan, vegetarian, and meat options, there’s something for everyone at this Takoma Park institution. See you there!

Crossroads Summer Concert Series– 9/22: This Wednesday, a highly-recommended local harp and guitar duo, Hector and friend, makes its Crossroads debut!

Dia del Nino/Kid’s Day– Wednesday, 9/29

Join us for everyone’s favorite event of the season: Dia del Nino! Timed each year to coincide with Children’s Day in Guatemala (October 1st), we’ll be celebrating kids of all ages at next week’s market with performances by the Jazzy Juggler, face painting, bilingual kid’s yoga, nutrition games, treats for children, and more!

Looking forward to seeing you this week! As always, market is open rain or shine, 3-7pm at 7676 New Hampshire Avenue.

Week 3: Swimming in Strawberries

It goes without saying that, in true DC fashion, summer is here in full force. And with it, strawberry season!!

Just when I didn’t think I could take another apple (which isn’t to say it wasn’t a wonderful fall/winter/spring of applesauce, apple cobbler, apple pie, and unadulterated, perfectly crisp fruit), the first– and arguably most coveted– summer berry arrived on the scene. Generally speaking, I strive for moderation and balance. Strawberries are a necessary exception to that rule. So, with a crate fashioned to the back of my bike, 6 quarts of perfectly ripe Eastern Shore strawberries, and one extra cautious ride home later, I made out like a (delighted!) bandit at last week’s Crossroads market. And I’ve been reveling in the bounty ever since. Our freezer’s stocked with smoothie-ready berries (blend with a handful of fresh spinach and some local yogurt for a perfect mid-morning treat); a pie is in the making for tonight; and we’ve already polished off a batch of strawberry muffins (see recipe below). Yum.

This week, Crossroads will offer five different opportunities for strawberries grown in Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Central Virginia, Adam’s County, PA, and just around the corner in Olney and Edmonston (PG County). Sample them all!

Of course, we’ll also have an abundance of greens (check out Sligo Creek Farm’s selection), asparagus, the coveted garlic scapes, can’t-miss sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, fresh herbs, broccoli, radishes, turnips, and more. Plus, seedlings, Guatemalan baked goods, and Salvadoran and Peruvian prepared foods (new this year!). And, fingers crossed for our first week of meat and eggs!

Need a little extra incentive to stop by? This week’s Crossroads Summer Concert Series will feature local artist Dan Caton with sounds of acoustic folk and bluegrass.

It’s been wonderful reconnecting with so many of you over these first two weeks. Looking forward to more familiar faces soon!

As always, market is Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30pm, rain or shine! 7676 New Hampshire Ave.

Strawberry Muffins
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain yogurt (Keswick Creamery’s is my favorite)
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups coarsely chopped fresh strawberries
In a small bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, butter and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in strawberries.
Fill muffin cups coated with cooking spray or lined with paper liners two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Note: if desired, sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar for an extra sweet crunch. Wonderful with a tablespoon of plain yogurt spooned on top!

Week One: And they are Off!

It’s that time again!! This Wednesday (TOMORROW!), May 18, 2:30-6:30pm, Crossroads Farmers Market will kick off our 5th season bringing fresh, local, healthy foods to the Takoma/Langley community. We’ve had an incredibly fruitful and fulfilling “off-season” (“off” being a relative term!), and are thrilled to bring that momentum back to 7676 New Hampshire Ave. Please join us in celebrating the first of 24 exciting and delicious weeks!

Check out our website for updates on our winter activities, including the development of a statewide farmers market network, continuing our Urban Farmer Training Program with ECO City Farms, facilitating farm-to-table programming at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, SNAP (food stamp) outreach, and more!

Curious what’s in store for this season? Some highlights:

This season’s line-up of local producers and growers is our largest and most diverse to date. We’ll have some new faces, many familiar ones, and a wealth of delicious options!
ECO City Farms, Edmonston, MD- fruits, veggies, greens, and shoots grown using organic methods on a 1-acre urban farm in Prince George’s County
Musachio Produce Farm, Ridgely, MD- delicious fruits and vegetables from MD’s Eastern Shore
Sligo Creek Farm, Silver Spring, MD- Certified Organic fruits, vegetables, and eggs grown just around the corner
Tuckey’s Mountain Grown Berries, Fruits, and Vegetables, Biglerville, PA- a wonderful mix of fruits and vegetables
Valle Produce, Montross, VA- fruits, vegetables, and Central American herbs
Jose Castillo, Riverdale Park, Maryland- honey (beginning in July)
Painted Hand Farm (NEW!), Newburg, PA- naturally browsed meat goats, humanely raised veal, grass fed beef, pastured poultry
Cuzco Restaurant (NEW!)- Hyattsville, MD- Salvadoran and Peruvian prepared foods
La Chapina Bakery, Hyattsville, MD- Guatemalan cookies and breads
Just Peachy Organics (NEW!), Bowie, MD- handcrafted, organic skincare products
Mireya’s Joyeria (NEW)!)- Takoma Park, MD- handcrafted, Colombian-inspired jewelry
Crossroads Summer Concert Series/Community Corner
– We’re excited to continue our summer concert series, a free weekly performance of live music from local musicians, sharing sound from around the world.
– We’ll also be inaugurating our Community Corner, a weekly booth with representatives from a community organization or business.
… and more!

We’ll keep you updated with produce lists, special events, and recipes. In the meantime, we hope you’ll come out this Wednesday to say hi, enjoy the fresh tastes of spring, and help us celebrate the beginning of another market season!

New Season, New Hours

With market just a month away, we’re hard at work making sure that the 2011 Crossroads season is our strongest to date. To best serve our customers, we’re changing this season’s market hours. Please take note! The market will be open: Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30pm. Advance apologies to those for whom this new time is inconvenient. But we hope it will enable more and more of you to make it out! Looking forward to seeing you all in May…

Keep your eyes peeled for final vendor list, to be announced soon!

2011 Season Opening is Just Around The Corner!

After a whirlwind and extremely fruitful winter, Crossroads is gearing up for our 5th season! We’re excited to announce that we’ve extended our season by two weeks this year– that’s two fewer weeks to wait for opening day, and two more weeks of fresh, local, delicious offerings from local farmers and producers.

So, mark your calendars: every Wednesday, May 18-October 26, 2:30-6:30pm. Rain or shine!

Final vendor information will be posted soon. Expect many familiar faces, one or two new ones, and a bunch of new, tasty offerings (think empanadas, honey, and Central American herbs, for starters!). We’ll be updating this site regularly– keep checking back!

Hope you all had a wonderful winter, and we look forward to celebrating spring with you next month at market!

Week 20: USDA Undersecretary to Visit Crossroads Farmer’s Market This Week!

Though there are only be three weeks of the Crossroads Farmers Market left this season, we’re keeping things exciting right until the closing bell…

Come out this Wednesday to be part of the festivities when USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, Secretary of the Food and Nutrition Service, visits the Crossroads from 3-3:45pm to celebrate the season’s many successes. We’re honored and thrilled that word of our programs is getting out, and we thank each and every one of you for helping create such a vibrant, thriving market this season. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this recognition of our Crossroads community’s collective success. In particular, there’s a wonderful lineup of speakers scheduled from 3:25-3:45pm, with a keynote address from Secretary Concannon. Please spread the word, and please join us!

There are treats in store for our tastebuds this week as well, as fall harvest graces us with delicious, colorful abundance! Expect multiple varieties of apples and pears (honeycrisps win my heart every time), sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, radishes, eggplant, winter squash, salad greens, arugula, kale, chard, hot and sweet peppers, and more. Not to mention prepared seasonal goodies from our vendors, including pear and apple butter, apple cider, and atol de elote, a sweet, steaming hot corn drink from our Guatemalan prepared foods vendor, Nancia (note: their tostadas and other snacks have been getting rave reviews by even the harshest of culinary critics!).

We look forward to celebrating the season with you– both the weeks past and the weeks to come– this Wednesday, 3-7pm at 7676 New Hampshire Avenue, rain or shine!

Week 18: Dia del Nino and Delicata Squash

Happy Autumn! I’m headed out the door to celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, and enjoy the rich autumn bounty (apple crisp, anyone?). As we’ve officially transitioned from one season to the next, at least per the calendar if not the weather, our fall crops are beginning to emerge. Honeycrisp apples are at their peak perfection, bouquets of broccoli are blooming, and deep orange sweet potatoes are ready for roasting and mashing. It may still be steamy outside, but in my kitchen? It’s definitely fall.

So with only five weeks left in the 2010 Crossroads Farmers Market season, don’t miss these last chances to experience the best in fresh, local produce!

This week at the Crossroads: Dia del Nino!
This Wednesday, September 29, is Dia del Nino/Kid’s Day at the Crossroads Farmers Market! Timed to coincide with the October 1st Kid’s Day celebration in Guatemala, we’ll be packing the full four hours of markets with activities for children and families. With entertainment from the Jazzy Juggler from 3-5pm, English/Spanish yoga for kids at 5pm, hourly raffles, and other games throughout the afternoon, this week’s market is not to be missed! So come on out with the whole family to enjoy what’s forecast to be our first day of sunshine this week.

Also, thanks to all who participated in last week’s Mark’s Kitchen Third Tuesday Fundraiser. It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces there! Many thanks for all the support.

Looking forward to seeing you, rain or shine, from 3-7pm at 7676 New Hampshire Avenue.