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Tips for Parents if Your Child was Arrested in Delaware

By Michael W. Modica |

Delaware lawmakers have established a system of juvenile justice for offenders under 18 years old, recognizing that minors can benefit from rehabilitation instead of punishment. Many juveniles are processed through the system every year, as the State of Delaware Criminal Justice Council reports that around 3,000 minors are arrested annually. The advantages of rehabilitation… Read More »


Factors For Taking A Delaware Juvenile Case To Adult Criminal Court

By Michael W. Modica |

The focus of the juvenile justice system in Delaware is to rehabilitate and treat young offenders rather than adjudicate guilt, taking the view that youth are amenable to change. At the same time, the laws have always found exceptions. The interests of punishment and public safety are also important, which may make it appropriate… Read More »


What Is Delaware’s School Offense Diversion Program?

By Michael W. Modica |

Delaware juvenile justice laws are different from the adult criminal process in many ways, and one in particular involves how a minor may enter the system. If a young person is arrested by police for breaking the law, he or she will be diverted into the juvenile system unless the offense requires a direct… Read More »


Can A Juvenile Be Charged As An Adult For Using A Fake ID In Delaware?

By Michael W. Modica |

It seems like all kids are in a hurry to grow up, but there can be big problems when they break the law to fake their way into adulthood. It is a crime in Delaware to engage in acts involving unlawful use of a license or identification card, and you might be surprised to… Read More »


Collateral Consequences Of Juvenile Offenses In Delaware

By Michael W. Modica |

Just as in other US states, Delaware criminal laws apply differently to adults as compared to juveniles under 18 years old. Cases involving children proceed in Delaware Family Court, where the focus is on rehabilitating the alleged offender instead of punishment. A finding that the minor engaged in criminal activity does not result in… Read More »


Your Child Was Arrested on Delaware Drug Charges: A Guide for Parents

By Michael W. Modica |

No parent wants to receive a phone call from a school official stating that their child was arrested for drug-related charges in Delaware. You are understandably angry and frustrated, wanting to punish your son or daughter for exercising such poor judgment. However, you should also realize that your guidance and wisdom as a parent… Read More »


Teen to be Tried as Juvenile in Killing of Wilmington Clerk

By Michael W. Modica |

In a surprising move considering the seriousness of the charges, a Delaware teen will be tried as a juvenile in connection with the January 2017 shooting of a Wilmington store employee. Online news source Delaware Online reports that a Superior Court judge granted the defendant’s attorneys request to transfer the case to Family Court… Read More »

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