Labor Day 2022

Labor Day Weekend is the end of the summer tourist season. Labor Day weekend comes with thoughts of the sand, sunburns, the boardwalk,  the smell of the ocean, and amazing foods. There are also some things we hope to avoid on Labor 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 “Came down on vacation, left on probation”. Most Delaware lawyers who work in the criminal and traffic courts, […]

Received a DUI, Now what do I do?

I just received a DUI. What should I do? First, you should speak with a reputable criminal defense attorney immediately. It is best to call to get an appointment with an attorney within the first 48 hours after receiving a DUI. Do not wait until right before your initial court date to reach out to someone. The Law Office of Murray, Phillips & Gay offers a free consultation with Criminal Defense Attorney Ron Phillips. This can be done in person or via a telephone conference if you live out of town. Second, you must review all the paperwork you are […]

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, and they’re banned in the state at all other times. You can purchase fireworks in Delaware 30 days before 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 […]

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 risk having a judgment made against them.  A criminal defense attorney’s responsibility is to see that their client receives the best possible […]

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, […]

Did you hear the one about the Lawyer…

As a lawyer, I often get to hear jokes about lawyers and have received many backhanded compliments about my chosen profession. Lawyers are often viewed in a negative light and sometimes rightly so. However, I do find it ironic that lawyers are the first to be called upon when people need help with a legal problem. Lawyers can only represent people who are seeking representation…without clients, there would be no need for lawyers. Lawyers are at the forefront of protecting individual rights and societal injustices so I thought for a change I would post some quotes that present lawyers in […]

St. Patrick’s Day in Delaware

Delaware comes alive with celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, which is March 17. While most of the popular ones such as the Milford Pub Crawl, will not happen this year due to the resurgence of COVID in January, 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 […]

How to get the Most Out of Your Consultation

How do I get the most out of my consultation? Bring all documents that pertain to your case. This will help the attorney know exactly what you have been charged with and what is happening in your case. Before your consultation, write down notes that outline your legal problem and any questions you may have. It is easy to forget details while you are talking with an attorney. Also, the attorney must have all relevant details to know what is important and determine how to move forward on your behalf. It is important that you are honest concerning all your […]

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 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 […]

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