The time after Thanksgiving through Christmas and the New Year is the holiday party season. A lot of us will be partying with our family, friends, and co-workers. Most of those parties will include adult beverages, and we think we know our limits. “I can have a couple of drinks. I’m not slurring my words or stumbling, therefore, I’m good to go.” As this group of people learned in this Today News clip, it is easy to underestimate the amount you drank and overestimate your ability to drive. While attending holiday parties, simply not drinking and driving is the safest […]
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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 […]
Firefly Music Festival has been Delaware’s premier music festival since its inception in July 2012. This year Firefly is going back to the original 3-day festival schedule. The 2019 dates are Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd. People from all over the east coast and beyond will attend the festival at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware located behind Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Some of this year’s headliners are Panic! At the Disco, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Zedd, Kygo and DJ Snake. For a complete list of artists and lineup, you can visit the official […]
The Law Offices of Murray Phillips & Gay now serving all of Kent and Sussex County, Delaware The Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay a Delaware Criminal Defense law firm now serves all of Kent and Sussex County, Delaware. Julie Murray and Ron Phillips started their law firm on January 1, 2015. Prior to joining forces, the two lawyers each had their own law firm, Murray Law and The Law Office of Ronald D. Phillips Jr. respectively. While Phillips concentrated his efforts on criminal law and DUI, Murray had a general practice that included civil litigation, Real Estate, and […]
ONE WEEK IN AUGUST ~ by Ronald D. Phillips, Jr. I recently returned from a trip to California and after having a few days to reflect, I decided to try to describe the impact the trip had on me. The purpose of the trip was to take a friend, adaptive surfer Jay Leisner, to surf Southern California, the mecca of modern surfing. Despite the noble purpose, the feelings the trip ultimately stirred in me were uniquely personal. The trip took me back to a time when life was more innocent and less heavy. A time when I got to surf […]
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.
Delaware Criminal Law has historically been an area of contradiction when it comes to its politics and how it treats criminal offenders. Delaware has traditionally been a State dominated by the Democratic Party, which typically aligns itself with rehabilitating criminal behavior and attempts to keep incarceration rates low. The effect of politics on Delaware criminal law, however, has seemed to be the opposite of what one would expect from a blue state. Delaware has often been home to draconian laws which limits the authority of judges and puts shackles on an offender who desires to build a productive life after […]