Legal Fireworks In Delaware

 Legal Fireworks In Delaware Are fireworks legal in Delaware? Well, yes and no. Although the State Fire Marshal’s Office doesn’t support the law change, (Title 16, Chapter 69, D) certain types of fireworks are legal to use on July 4 and December 31. They’re banned in the state at all other times. You can purchase fireworks in Delaware 30 days prior to July 4 and December 31. To keep it legal: Keep it ground-based. Choose from spinners, fountains, jumping jacks, ground blooms, and handheld sparklers. Firecrackers are still illegal. Smoke bombs are legal, as are “crackle” type products that make […]

Memorial Day for Delaware Lawyers

  Memorial Day weekend is just a few short days away. The boardwalk, the beach, the smell of the ocean and Thrasher’s French fries, crowds, sunburns, and all those things we associate with the first weekend of summer will be upon us. Unfortunately, along with all the pleasant experiences, there are also some things we hope to avoid on Memorial day weekend at the beach; traffic tickets, noise complaints, DUI, disorderly conduct, and drunk in public are some of the more unpleasant that many will experience this weekend. Far too many have learned the hard way about the Delaware saying […]

Telephone Scam Warning

The youtube video of a phone spam call to a North Carolina Police offer has received a lot of attention. Click here to watch. That is a reminder to not fall for spam calls.  The Sussex County Sheriff’s office has also warned the public about telephone scams.  Locally there have been calls where the scammer claims the recipient of the call missed a court appearance and a warrant for their arrest has been issued. Please do not fall for this scam. The Sheriff’s office does not call or email people to collect funds, fees, or fines. The Sussex County Sheriff’s […]

Gathering Evidence at a Traffic Accident in Delaware

You may try your best to be a careful driver, but sometimes accidents occur. If you’re in a traffic accident in Delaware and are accused of reckless driving that has caused the accident, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself. There are several ways you can gather evidence at the accident scene that can later help you and your criminal defense attorney build the best defense against the charges that may face you.

The Myth of the Presumption of Innocence

  The Myth of the Presumption of Innocence The Constitutional principle that everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is often misunderstood and is often the subject of conversation with. I often get questioned as to how someone could be charged with a crime for which there appears to be little evidence or why they need to post bail to stay out of jail pending trial if they are presumed innocent. The constitution does not specifically say that an individual is entitled to the presumption of innocence; rather this concept is rooted […]

St. Patrick’s Day in Delaware

Delaware comes alive with celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, which March 17. While most of the popular ones such as the Milford Pub Crawl, may not happen this year due to the COVID restrictions, Green Beer will still flow.  Unfortunately, that means police will be making plenty of DUI arrests, too. There have already been a number of St. Patrick’s Day drinking events in Delaware, and there will be even more this weekend. Police generally have increased patrols for DUIs around all the holidays—not just St. Patrick’s Day. But what happens if you’re one of the people arrested for DUI […]

Criminal Defense Attorneys

What is a criminal defense lawyer? According to Wikipedia, criminal defense lawyers handle issues involving an arrest, a criminal investigation, criminal charges, sentencing, appeals, and post-trial issues.  Often an attorney will specialize in a certain area within criminal defense, such as drug defense or DUI defense. Who do criminal defense attorneys help? When dealing with a criminal case, a defense attorney is a spokesperson for the accused.  When individuals are brought before a court as the defendant, they are at risk of having a judgment made against them.  It is a criminal defense attorney’s responsibility to see that their client […]

What should you do if you get a DUI on Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is a happy and warm-hearted celebration of love. Many people plan extravagant activities for the holiday. From the perfect candlelit dinner to a picturesque walk at sunset, these can be some of the most memorable times you will ever have in your life. Unfortunately, your plans can turn stressful if you are pulled over for a DUI on Valentine’s Day. The criminal defense lawyers at Murray, Phillips & Gay want you to know what to do if you receive a Valentine’s Day DUI. What to do if you are pulled over for a DUI on Valentine’s Day: Remain […]

The Importance of Estate Planning

Estate Planning includes the legal documents that will help your family manage your health and property after you pass away or become incapacitated. If you do not have these documents available you may be leaving your family confused and scrambling in the event of your illness or death. Like a will, an advance healthcare directive is really important. It designates who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make your own. It also designates what your personal wishes are related to your health care if you are not able to state them yourself. At the […]

COVID-19 Impact on a Delaware DUI

Has COVID-19 impacted the court system in Sussex County, Delaware? It is an unquestionable fact that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has had an impact on the day to day lives of U.S. citizens. Dealing with DUI charges in a normal year is a lengthy, complicated, and often stressful process to go through. Our clients are usually scared, embarrassed, and want it to go away as quickly as possible. The daily COVID updates and new restrictions put in place, have caused our clients to wonder how will this affect my DUI case? Anyone with a conviction of Driving Under the […]

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