Real Estate School by Julianne E. Murray, Esquire We are now in our fourth installment, Real Estate School 104, Title Searches. In the first installment, I started with how you get from a ratified sales contract to an attorney’s office. In my second installment, I described three very important documents related to real estate transactions: the deed, the mortgage and the note. The third installment discussed the Settlement Sheet HUD-1. Title Searches For our fourth installment, I am going to discuss title searches. When a piece of property is bought, we know from installment three that the current owner (the […]
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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 […]
Delaware bail guidelines have been provided to help Justice of the Peace Courts impose bail fairly and consistently. Although judges must still use a fair amount of discretion and look at all of the circumstances in setting bail, that discretion is restrained by both statutory and constitutional limitations. The Delaware bail guidelines policy is used to help judges make logical and appropriate decisions when imposing bail. Delaware essentially has four types of bail; “OR” or release on own recognizance, unsecured bail, secured bail and cash bail. Delaware allows someone released on their own recognizance to not post any money for […]
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 […]
Protection from Abuse in Delaware In Delaware, as in many other states, there is a proceeding called a Petition for Protection from Abuse, called a PFA, that is based on the need to protect individuals from domestic violence. I am sure we can all agree that people who are the victims of domestic violence need to have access to legal protection from the Courts. The desire to provide quick relief however, can come at a cost to due process. Unfortunately, the protection from abuse process, while providing necessary protection, is also subject to being misused by someone who is merely […]
Delaware DUI First Offenders Program (FOP) Effective February 1, the Delaware DUI First Offenders Program (FOP) has changed. The essential change is that the Delaware DUI First Offenders Program now makes the installation of an ignition interlock device mandatory for all first offenders. Although the ignition interlock or Delaware FOE- IID program has been available for several years, this change effectively eliminates the former DUI First Offenders Program. Delaware DUI Laws Regarding the FOE-IID Previously, a person eligible for the first offenders program could choose between the traditional first offenders program and the FOE-IID program. Under the traditional first offenders […]
A Seaford-area man was arrested Monday on attempted murder and arson charges after he allegedly torched a rental home in Delmar, Md., while the tenants were inside sleeping. Andy Modeste, 42, of the 24000 block of Snug Harbor Drive, was charged by the Maryland State Fire Marshal and Delmar police with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and reckless endangering, said Oliver Alkire, senior deputy fire marshal. Besides arson, other counts included burglary.
Beginning today, state and municipal police officers in Delaware will be cracking down on drivers who talk or text on their handheld cellphones while driving. The “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other” driving campaign aims to reduce distracted driving, said Alison Kirk, spokeswoman for the state Office of Highway Safety.
A vehicle stop on Tuesday in Clayton led to the discovery of prescription drugs, suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia, Clayton police said in a release today. On Tuesday at about 2:38 p.m., a Clayton officer spotted a vehicle with a passenger who was a suspect in a March 13 vehicle pursuit.
A 31-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested by Dewey Beach police over the weekend for threatening a taxi driver with a pocket knife. The incident unfolded about 10:15 p.m. Saturday in the second block of New Orleans St. where two women got into a cab that a man and a woman then tried to enter, Sgt. Clifford Dempsey said.