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Only One Trial Allowed in Delaware DUI Cases Under New Law

Posted: 07/14/2017 16:04:00 -04:00 Updated:
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DELAWARE-Govenor Carney signed new legislation that changes driving under the influence cases in the state of Delaware. 

Delaware drivers will now only have one opportunity for a criminal trial for DUI charges. The House Bill 207 legislation took effect immediately on June 30.  

The Justice of the Peace Court will have the ability to accept guilty pleas in DUI cases, but only the Court of Common Pleas can hear the trial cases. 

The new changes will allow law enforcement and prosecutors to focus their attention on preventing and prosecuting other crimes in Delaware. 

“The passage of this law was important for two reasons,” Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn said. “The first was justice. Everyone is entitled to a trial, but there should not be a special group of defendants who are entitled to two trials. The second reason was effective use of the criminal justice system’s resources. With the passage of this bill, DUI offenders will treated consistently, and police officers, prosecutors, and witnesses will be freed of the burden of multiple trials. Police, prosecutors, and DOJ staff will be able to dedicate their attention to other cases at a time when government services are short staffed, and police officers will be able to get back on the road and prevent other crimes.”

 

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