Category Archives: Habitual Offender Status
How Do I Remove Habitual Offender Status In Delaware?
You expect that punishment for a criminal conviction will be harsher when you have a prior criminal history, and Delaware’s approach to those who repeat their crimes follows this assumption. Under the state’s habitual offender statute, punishment is dictated by the numbers of violent and nonviolent felony convictions in your past. For a third… Read More »
How Delaware Habitual Offender Cases Are Different From Other Criminal Cases
Like other US states and the federal government, Delaware treats criminal cases very harshly when the accused has a history of arrests, convictions, or both. In short, the statute on habitual offender status provides that individuals convicted of certain offenses will receive longer periods of incarceration when they have a prior criminal history. The… Read More »
How Delaware Habitual Offender Status Applies To Drug Crimes
Even though a few years have passed since Delaware made significant changes to its habitual offender laws in 2016, there is still considerable confusion about how the statutes apply to drug crimes. The good news is that the current version of the statute eliminates the mandatory life sentences for certain drug offenses; the downside… Read More »
Legal Representation Is Critical When Fighting Delaware Habitual Offender Status
Major reforms to Delaware’s habitual offender laws eased the implications for those charged with certain felonies a few years back. In 2016, the governor signed legislation that eliminated the mandatory minimums for some offenses and mandatory life sentences for individuals convicted of drug crimes. However, many people with multiple convictions in their past will… Read More »
What Does It Mean To Be A Habitual Offender Under Delaware Criminal Law?
There was a time in Delaware when judges had no discretion when establishing penalties for someone convicted multiple times for designated crimes, meaning the judge was not allowed to consider any factors or deviate from the sentencing guidelines. Much of this harsh, draconian approach to criminal offenses changed when lawmakers enacted significant reforms to… Read More »