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Superior Court

What happens in Superior Court? Superior Court has statewide original jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases except for equity cases (which is Chancery Court) and domestic relations matters (which is Family Court) For criminal matters, Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all felonies (except those involving juveniles which are heard in Family Court). For civil matters, the court has jurisdiction in cases in value over 50,000. So typically personal injury and medical malpractice cases are handled in the Superior Court. Superior Court also serves as an intermediate appellate court from over 50 administrative agencies, the Court of Common Pleas, and […]

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 […]

Supreme Court Changes law on Delaware DUI Blood Tests

The U.S. Supreme Court changes the law on DUI blood tests in Delaware DUI cases. The United States Supreme Court appears to have modified its position on whether a police officer needs to obtain a warrant before subjecting a Defendant to a blood test in DUI cases. Previously, the Supreme Court decided in Schmerber v. California, that it was permissible to obtain a DUI blood test without a warrant. Where an officer believed that he was facing an emergency situation and the delay caused by getting a warrant threatened the destruction of evidence, a police officer was permitted to take […]

Happy Flag Day!

What is Flag Day? Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, marking the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress in the First Flag Act on June 14, 1777. The Act declared that the new flag would have “13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” How to display a U.S. Flag: According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the flag can be displayed at all times so long as the flag has a light on it when it’s dark outside. It can often be […]

DRE in DE DUI Cases

DRE = Drug Recognition Experts There is a new trend in prosecuting drug-related DUI cases. That is the Drug Recognition Expert. The State of Delaware is now occasionally using Drug Recognition Experts in DUI cases. As of the writing of this article, it is unclear what Delaware’s approach to Drug Recognition Experts will be. The purpose of a Drug Recognition Expert is to a) determine whether a suspect is impaired b) determine whether the suspect is impaired because of a medical condition or the use of drugs, and c) If impaired because of drugs, what type of drugs are causing […]

Happy Memorial Day!

So…Memorial Day.  I think that many people miss what it is really about.  Most people associate Memorial Day with the beginning of summer, barbecues and a cool 3 day weekend.  All of these are true but I want to make sure that people know that there is more to it.  So here is a mini-history lesson – Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and originated after the Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers.   By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. It is actually a […]

Memorial Day Weekend in Delaware

Even though it won’t be the same this year because of the Covid-19 restrictions, Memorial Day weekend still comes with thoughts of the sand, sunburns, the boardwalk, social distancing, the smell of the ocean, and amazing foods. Along with all of the great things that are associated with our Sussex county beaches, there are some things you want to avoid. Traffic Tickets, DUI’s Disorderly Conduct, and Noise complaints are just a few things that could ruin your trip to our great beaches You will want to find a Criminal Lawyer While your friendly real estate lawyer may be a great […]

Federal Lawsuit Targets Delaware Coronavirus Restrictions

This is who we are at Murray, Phillips & Gay.  We are real lawyers for real people.  People in Delaware are suffering right now and until Friday, May 15 no one had legally challenged the Governor’s restrictions.  We are proud to have filed this lawsuit and can assure everyone that there are more coming.  We can’t just stand by and let our rights be trampled anymore.  We are humbled by the emails and comments that we have gotten for filing this suit.  Although only Julie’s name is on the lawsuit, all 3 partners are on the same page about protecting […]

The importance of Estate Planning

CBS Morning Show recently did a report on the importance of Estate Planning and hiring a qualified attorney. In this video clip, CBS explains that failing to have a will is a costly financial blunder. At the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay, Julie Murray has assisted many people, in a full range of circumstances.  Julie makes sure that the estate planning documents for her clients are clear, straightforward and legally enforceable. Julie is experienced in serving the needs of: Married couples and individuals looking to provide for the futures of their young children Older people who have health […]

COVID-19 Update

During this time of social distancing, we are still here for you! We are taking all precautions to keep our staff as well as our clients as safe as we can. We are accepting office conferences but are encouraging phone conferences whenever possible.  We are limiting office conferences to one conference at a time and setting appointments with the least amount of waiting as possible. If you are contemplating your estate planning, give us a call. Julie Murray is accepting appointments or phone conferences, whichever best suits your situation. If you have a family law case, Tom Gay is accepting […]

Julianne Murray argues in front of the Supreme Court

Death Penalty Repeal Legislation Introduced Again

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