What Happens at a DUI Checkpoint?

Posted by RahaimSaints on January 15, 2018 | Criminal, DUI

DUI checkpoints — also known as sobriety checkpoints, roadblocks or mobile checkpoints — are Delaware traffic stops conducted by police and designed to target drunk drivers. They are not linked to suspicions a police officer has about a specific driver. Rather, these are set up to stop all drivers randomly in order to evaluate their level of sobriety.

What Can I Expect?

You will notice these checkpoints as you are driving — especially if you are driving in the evening on holiday weekends. Police officers will park in a visible spot and will stop all cars proceeding along a stretch of road. You will be asked to slow down your vehicle and eventually stop. When you stop, you will be detained briefly and asked questions by a police officer.…

Can Passengers Drink Alcohol in a Car?

Posted by RahaimSaints on January 1, 2018 | Criminal, DUI

Many states have open container laws which prohibit passengers from drinking in a moving vehicle or even having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. However, Delaware — alongside Alaska, Connecticut, Missouri, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia — are exceptions to this rule. In Delaware, it is legal for passengers to have open containers of alcohol and to drink from those open containers while the driver is driving. However, a driver cannot drink and drive in Delaware.

Open Containers and DUI Laws

In Delaware, implied consent laws mean that if you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint or by a police officer who suspects you have been drinking, you must submit to blood, urine or breath testing for blood alcohol levels and you must show proof of insurance as well as your driver’s license if you are requested to do so.…

Consequences of Sex Offender Registry Violations

Posted by RahaimSaints on December 15, 2017 | Criminal, Sexual Related Crimes

Under Delaware state law, both adult and juvenile sex offenders who are convicted of specific sex-related crimes must be registered as offenders under 11 Del Code § 4121(a)(4). These offenders are categorized by the Delaware Attorney General’s office or by a sentencing court according to a Risk Assessment Tier.

Sex Offender Requirements in Delaware

Sex offender registry requirements in Delaware vary by tier:

  • Tier III offenders are considered high-risk and are required to confirm their address and place of work or school every 90 days.
  • Tier II offenders are considered moderate risks and are required to confirm their address and place of work or school semi-annually.
  • Tier I offenders are considered low-risk and are required to confirm their address and place of work or school yearly.