Wilmington Criminal Defense Lawyer

A Former Prosecutor With More Than 30 Years In Criminal Law

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Delaware, you cannot afford just any lawyer for your defense. You need an attorney who has the experience to effectively assert your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.

For more than 30 years, I have been representing individuals who face criminal charges and traffic offenses. I have worked to achieve justice for thousands of clients — one case at a time.

An Experienced Delaware Trial Lawyer Who Will Fight For You

My name is Michael Modica, and I regularly handle a wide array of criminal cases, from DUI and misdemeanor crimes to the most serious felony charges, including drug crimes, weapon offenses, sex crimes and fraud. I am in court almost every day and have substantial experience defending clients at every level of the Delaware criminal justice system, including trials, appeals and post-conviction relief. Experience matters when your freedom, your job, your license and your future are in jeopardy.

Serving New Castle County, I have been representing people in Superior Court, the Court of Common Pleas, Family Court, Newark Alderman's Court and Justice of the Peace Courts for over 30 years.

"Mike is the ultimate professional. His calm demeanor complimented by his deep knowledge of Delaware law and its legal/court system made all the difference as we worked through what could have been a stress-filled, time-consuming and expensive legal process. I would recommend Mike without reservation." — D.D.
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Why Choose Me?

I believe that each client's case should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the presumption that every client is innocent until proven guilty. My guiding principal is to imagine that I am the client as I prepare a defense. I understand that being charged with a criminal offense is an emotional time for my client and his or her family. My staff and I strive to be compassionate and understanding as we guide you through this trying time. I always keep in mind what my client has at stake.

As a former prosecutor and a seasoned trial attorney, I have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system. I have longstanding professional relationships with local police departments, prosecutors, court staff and judges throughout Delaware, which I leverage to get the best resolution for my clients, in or out of court.

I am rated BV-Distinguished (very high rating in both legal ability and ethical standards)* through Martindale-Hubbell and I have achieved consistently high Avvo ratings for DUI and criminal defense.

Your Cause Is My Purpose!

I provide comprehensive criminal defense representation for whatever charges you are facing. I stay by my clients every step of the way — from the initial charge all the way through appeals, pardons and sentence modifications. If you need a Wilmington criminal defense attorney, call me today at 302-397-3990 or email me to arrange a free, confidential consultation.

*BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.