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.

Delaware’s Courts and Legislators Review Heroin Deaths

The availability of heroin is responsible for many overdoses and deaths in Delaware in recent years and has prompted a number of changes in laws. Police, paramedics, and mental health officials have all seen a steady increase in heroin use among the population, and the Drug Enforcement Administration named it as Delaware’s largest drug threat. The state’s legislature has been taking proactive steps to fight the heroin epidemic, and federal authorities recently indicted an alleged Delaware heroin supplier, charging that the individual’s supply of drugs resulted in the overdose death of a woman in Pennsylvania.

Broadly Defined Drugs and Probable Cause Ruling in Delaware

A June 13, 2016 ruling in Delaware’s Court of Common Pleas can have wide implications in future DUI arrests. Judge Carl C. Danberg ruled that the “exceptionally broad” definitions of drugs allows Delaware police officers to establish probable cause for a driving under the influence arrest without identifying the specific substance a person may have used. The ruling followed a defendant’s motion to suppress evidence from a June 2015 arrest. The defendant argued that the arresting Delaware State Police officer could not determine a crime had occurred after the defendant hit another vehicle at an Instate 95 toll.

Successful Attempted Murder Defense

Ronald Phillips and Julianne Murray successfully defended a Dover Delaware man facing counts of attempted murder with first-degree assault and lesser charges including offense and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.  They gained an acquittal on all counts. Read the article here: http://delawarestatenews.net/news/strickland-acquitted-alleged-dover-shooting/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=destatenews

Supreme Court

So what is the final stopping place that is the ultimate authority on Delaware law? The Delaware Supreme Court. As the highest court in the state, the Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in criminal matters and civil final judgments from Superior Court, and certain orders from Family Court and the Court of Chancery. The Delaware Supreme Court has quite a reputation. We have mentioned that the Court of Chancery has a worldwide reputation because so many corporations are incorporated here in Delaware. Well, when a corporation is unhappy with a Chancery decision, it is appealed to the Delaware Supreme […]

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 […]

JP Court and Family Court

We want to give everyone a baseline knowledge of the main courts in Delaware and the types of cases that each court hears because almost everyone has to deal with a court at some point in their lives. The main courts in Delaware are the JP courts, Family Court, Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, Chancery Court and the Supreme Court. Justice of Peace Court JP Court has jurisdiction in civil cases worth 15,000 or less, some criminal misdemeanors, most motor vehicle violations (except felonies) and all landlord/tenant matters. There are no jury trials in JP Court, and you can […]

Court of Common Pleas

So far we have talked about the Justice of the Peace Courts and Family Court. So now let’s talk about the Court of Common Pleas – sometimes called CCP. The Court of Common Pleas has both civil and criminal jurisdiction. In civil cases, cases with an amount in controversy up to 50,000 can be heard. CCP also handles change of name petitions, habitual motor vehicle hearings and appeals from DMV and JP proceedings. In civil matters like these, there are no jury trials. In criminal cases, CCP has jurisdiction over all misdemeanors except certain drug offenses, all criminal motor vehicle offenses, preliminary […]

Court of Chancery

The Court of Chancery has jurisdiction over equity cases. So what is an equity case? It’s a case where the remedy sought is something other than money damages. Things like writs, injunctions, and orders of specific performance. So what kinds of cases are these? Some examples are corporate matters, commercial and contract matters, trusts, estates, and other fiduciary matters, disputes involving the purchase and sale of land, questions of title to real estate, and guardianships. Basically, the Court of Chancery is where you go if you are trying to get someone to do something or to stop doing something. Learn […]

DRE being used in Delaware 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 […]

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