Family law proceedings concern legal matters between individuals in which a domestic connection is the common thread. Attorneys who practice family law frequently represent individuals in divorce, child custody, adoption, guardianship, and other domestic issues. When a person needs legal representation or must go to court regarding a family law concern, it is important that the person retain a family law attorney to gain knowledge about the legal process and get a thorough understanding of the individual’s rights.
When a person is charged with a crime, the confusion and stress he or she experiences can be overwhelming. Because criminal law is so complex, the expertise of Delaware criminal lawyers is invaluable, and the attorney can help the accused to better understand what to expect from the arraignment, the possibility of submitting a plea bargain, or other crucial elements involved in the person’s defense. Having a reliable and experienced criminal defense attorney in Delaware who stands by the client and navigates the person through his or her legal circumstances is paramount at this difficult time. The following are a […]
It’s a moment we all dread: seeing flashing lights from a police car behind us when driving. How you respond when in this situation has a great impact on any legal ramifications that follow. Below are some tips to keep in mind so you can interact with police officers during a traffic stop without forfeiting your constitutional rights.If you see a police car behind you sounding its siren or flashing emergency lights, slow down and pull over to the right side of the road as soon as you are at a safe place to do so. Remember to use your […]
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.
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
As a refresher, a title search is completed to show that each previous owner properly conveyed the property, free of encumbrances to the next owner. When the title search is completed it is typically reviewed by an attorney to make sure everything looks in order and there were no accidental oversights. In a perfect world, you would have nothing to worry about, meaning no one could come along and challenge your ownership to the property. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. Records are not perfect and sometimes surprises crop up that weren’t picked up in the title search. […]
When a piece of property is bought, the current owner (the seller) signs a document called a deed that transfers the ownership of that piece of property to the new owner (the buyer). Deeds are indexed so that a person can research the history of a piece of property – and find the previous deeds that have been executed over time. These deeds create what is called a chain of title. The “chain” runs from the present owner back to the original owner of the property. When you buy a piece of property a title search is completed to show […]
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 […]
So you want to buy or sell a piece of real estate. Where do you start? Find a real estate agent and get them to prepare a real estate contract. A real estate contract identifies the property and agreed-to price has been signed by both the purchaser and the seller. Once signed by everyone it becomes a ratified contract. In most instances, this ratified contract is then forwarded to an attorney’s office to handle the closing. Delaware is what is called an attorney state which means that an attorney must preside over the real estate settlement. The purchaser has the […]
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 […]