Criminal Defense in the State of Delaware
If you find yourself in need of criminal defense in the state of Delaware, it is vital to get an attorney or lawyer you can trust right away. The right law firm can help you whether you are involved in a misdemeanor, felony, or even a federal charge. Traffic violations can also be dealt with very effectively by using the assistance of an expert legal firm.
To make a long story short, you never benefit legally from either representing yourself or from speaking to the authorities on your own behalf without the intercession of a lawyer. Even if the police claim that they only wish to “interview” you and that you are not a suspect in any crime, you should not consider this to be a reason why you should “cooperate” without a lawyer’s help.
Even if you wish to be fully cooperative in an investigation, in Delaware or any other jurisdiction, you should do so with the assistance of a reputable law firm so that your responses are structured, delivered, and informed by the best legal practice possible.
Choosing an Attorney or Lawyer in the State of Delaware
Choosing an attorney or lawyer can be a difficult prospect no matter what kind of crime is at issue. However, it is one of the first steps that you should take as soon as you become aware that charges may be filed. There are several matters that you need to take into consideration in order to be sure that you are getting the right legal representation for your situation:
- The reputation of the law firm that you will be working with.
- Whether the law firm is adequately experienced in matters of Delaware law.
- The seniority of the attorney who will be presiding over the details of your case.
- The level of experience and education that the attorneys at the firm have achieved.
- The level of complexity of your case and whether it calls for a specialized type of practice.
Online reviews are not the only resource that you should consult when you are trying to decide whether an attorney is a reputable one. You should also take the opportunity to call a law firm and ask to speak to a lawyer so that you can feel fully confident in their skills. Published reviews from reputable sources may also be helpful.
When looking for the right information about a law firm, be careful of press releases and other “marketing and sales” based information that the law firm itself might have had a hand in crafting. You want ethical, skilled, highly experienced lawyers for your Delaware case.
In most cases, absent a DUI charge, traffic laws are among the simplest matters that you can have to deal with in any Delaware jurisdiction. Minor moving violations frequently work out in favor of the motorist if he or she decides to contest them. This is because the responding officer rarely arrives in court for a minor traffic violation hearing.
In Delaware, as well as many other neighboring states of the region, a minor moving violation charge will be usually be thrown out if the responding officer does not attend the hearing in order to provide his or her perspective on exactly what happened. That being the case, it is always to the benefit of the defending party to plan to contest charges and attend any hearing.
DUI charges are taken seriously in Delaware and, in many jurisdictions within the state, there may be a bias to believe the account of the officer. Even if you were drinking and later operated a vehicle, you did not necessarily violate the state’s standard of .08% blood alcohol level for drivers 21 or older. Contest such a case with the help of a lawyer.
Dealing With Misdemeanor Charges in the State of Delaware
Misdemeanor charges vary considerably, but as a general class of offenses, they are understood to be much less serious than felony charges. However, they must still be handled appropriately and deftly in order to avoid fines, jail time, and other consequences.
In Delaware, each misdemeanor charge is different and there is no “general” all-purpose information that can apply to each one. However, Delaware citizens should recourse to a lawyer’s assistance whenever they are suspected or charged with any misdemeanor.
In Delaware, the vast majority of misdemeanors are classified as either Class A or Class B. Under the right circumstances, both Class A and Class B felonies might be expunged from an individual’s criminal record.
When suspected or charged with a misdemeanor, do not make any statements to the authorities. You may wish to record your recollections of the event that the misdemeanor charge stems from in order to make sure that your future statements, both to your lawyer and in other circumstances, will “match up” and that your recollection will not degrade. The specifics of your defense will depend on the issue at hand.
Felony Charges in the State of Delaware
Delaware felony charges range from the most serious Class A offenses, which can be punishable by fifteen years to life in prison, or, in the case of felony murder, by death. A Class B felony such as child rape can result in up to 25 years of imprisonment. Other felonies are classed C through G.
Since felony charges are the most serious of all in Delaware, it is critical to use a criminal defense attorney who has skills not only in general criminal defense, but in the class and type of felony at issue. Be sure to question an attorney closely about the types of cases he or she has won in Delaware before making a final decision.
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I am criminal defense attorney John Garey. I opened the Law Office of John R. Garey on The Green in historic downtown Dover after being a prosecutor for the Department of Justice in Kent and Sussex counties for more than 15 years.
My experience as a prosecutor gives your case an edge, not only because of my legal knowledge of the criminal justice system, but also because of how I prepare and argue your case to help you get the best possible outcome in your criminal defense matter.
Good defense starts by avoiding preconceived notions about people. People charged with a crime are typically good people who have made a bad mistake. I fight to protect the rights and futures of good people with good families and good jobs.
Don’t ignore the serious consequences that come with a criminal conviction
Because of my past experience, I know what prosecutors and judges know about criminal charges in adult courts as well as the juvenile court system. Nearly everyone who is charged with a crime has a lot more at stake than just paying a fine or doing some community service. Contact my office for a free criminal defense consultation with an experienced Sussex County criminal defense lawyer right away.
- Breathalyzer and field sobriety testing
- DMV driver’s license hearings
- Speeding tickets
- Reckless driving citations
- Driving without a license
- Marijuana possession and intent to sell
- Cocaine possession and distribution
- Drug cultivation and manufacturing
- Drug Court diversion programs
- Sexual assault, rape
- Statutory rape, sex with a minor
- Child pornography
- False accusation of child sexual molestation
- Underage DUI and open container
- Sexual assault and date rape
- Drug possession
- Criminal record expungement
- Probation violations
- Parole violations
Contact me right away to discuss criminal defense charges or the juvenile crimes charged against a minor in your family.