How An Arrest Can Affect Your Future
An arrest or criminal conviction can affect your life in many ways. College students with promising futures can face harsh realities after an arrest. Attorney Thomas A. Foley is dedicated to helping students understand what is at stake and how he can protect their life’s dreams and goals.
Any arrest, even for a minor offense, can have a significant impact upon your ability to graduate college, seek post-graduate studies, secure internships, obtain meaningful employment or become a commissioned officer in the military, and it can squander other professional dreams and goals.
At the University of Delaware, the campus police and Newark Alderman’s Court will inform the university of any arrest that occurs off-campus. Thereafter, the student is required to attend an interview with the Office of Student Conduct to discuss the facts of the arrest and what the student is expected to do throughout the length of his or her enrollment. In cases involving violence or certain drug offenses, the University of Delaware has a mandatory policy to withdraw the student from attending the college. In other cases, the university may decide to withdraw the student while criminal charges are still pending, depending on the nature and severity of the alleged offense.
Mr. Foley represents college students at the University of Delaware in Newark and students at Wilmington University, plus schools in the surrounding areas for all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses. An allegation can pose serious risks for your future. Do not let an arrest ruin your future. Mr. Foley will protect your rights and start working on your defense right away.
Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 302-658-3077 or fill out the online form.
Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions
Questions arise quickly after an arrest. The criminal justice system is difficult to understand on your own. Attorney Thomas A. Foley has nearly 30 years of experience representing clients in Wilmington and the surrounding areas in Delaware. He understands the law and uses his prior experience as a prosecutor to build a strong defense.
Every defense should be tailored to your specific case. However, it is beneficial to learn more about the criminal defense process and why it is important to have a defense lawyer representing you.
Call 302-658-3077 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Wilmington criminal defense attorney.
Here are some of the most common questions and answers about criminal defense cases:
You have the right to remain silent and have an attorney present when questioned by the authorities. Your silence cannot be used against you as indication of guilt. Even when you believe talking to the police will help you, it is almost always in your best interests to not make any statements to the police without a lawyer present.
In most cases, the police are required to have a search warrant to search your house or your property. There are exceptions to this rule to include one giving consent. Mr. Foley is well-versed in Fourth Amendment search and seizure law and will answer any questions that may arise.
The first arraignment is when the accused appears before the magistrate for their initial appearance, when the accused is notified of the charges against them and the possible penalties, and when bail is set. The next arraignment date is when your attorney will appear in the court of jurisdiction handling the case, where your attorney will enter a not guilty plea on your behalf.
The answer to this question depends on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. In some cases, it may be in your best interests to take a plea bargain while in other cases, it can be in your best interests to fight the charges. As your attorney, Thomas A. Foley will help you understand all of your options so you can make an informed and meaningful decision.
After you are arrested, you should seek counsel. If you are under investigation, you should also talk to a lawyer to protect your rights and make sure you are not saying anything that could result in any future allegations
These are just general questions. It is important to discuss your specific concerns and questions with an attorney before it’s too late. If you are under investigation or have been arrested, call 302-658-3077 to arrange a free initial consultation. You can also contact the firm online.
DUI Frequently Asked Questions
Thomas A. Foley is an experienced defense attorney in Wilmington who represents clients charged with DUI in Newark, throughout New Castle County and across Delaware. Do you know your rights during a traffic stop? Do you know the consequences of a conviction?
Below is a list of frequently asked questions about drunk driving and DUI arrests:
The police need to have a valid reason for making a traffic stop. The police may pull you over if they have a legitimate basis that a traffic violation has occurred or a basis to reasonably believe the motorist is impaired, or if they observe erratic or dangerous driving such as swerving, failing to yield or stop, crossing the fog line or driving too slow.
Individuals driving a motor vehicle can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs if their blood alcohol content is .08 or higher, or if any illicit drugs are found in their blood sample. Any motorist who because of alcohol or drugs, is impaired — unable to mentally or physically exercise clear judgment and due care — may also be charged with driving under the influence, even absent any chemical or blood test.
Yes. However, Delaware’s implied consent law requires drivers to agree to take a chemical test if a law enforcement officer requests. Although refusing to take the chemical test generally makes it more difficult to prosecute the case, there is a risk that you will lose your driver’s license for one year for your first offense, assuming the officer prevails at the administrative hearing. The administrative sanction increases for each subsequent offense if you refuse to take the chemical test.
Yes. DUI offenders are required by law to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle, even for a first offense. Because such a restriction can impact one’s career or parenting duties, Mr. Foley will explore alternative resolutions to avoid the awkwardness of having such a device installed in your vehicle.
Yes. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that DUI roadblocks are constitutional, so long as certain parameters are met in establishing and administering the roadblock. DUI roadblocks are frequently set up in Delaware by the police in an effort to crack down on drunk driving.
Yes. You can face serious consequences, including a mandatory loss of driving privileges, if you are convicted of a DUI. A drunk driving defense lawyer will protect your rights and explore all options to prevent or minimize the consequences of your arrest.