Drug Crime Attorney Ben Schwartz interviews Criminal Defense attorney Bill Deely about drug crimes in the state of Delaware.
Hi, I’m attorney Ben Schwartz,
Today I am interviewing attorney Bill Deely. We are both with the Law Firm Schwartz and Schwartz with offices in Wilmington and Dover, Delaware. Today we are going to talk about drug crimes.
Ben: Bill, I appreciate you letting me ask you a couple of questions. Bill is a criminal defense lawyer with the firm and I think it’s fair to say the majority of the cases that you handle are criminal defense cases. Would you agree with that?
Bill: That’s correct, for sure.
Ben: Bill, do you see any trends in the Delaware court system in terms of the types of drug crimes that are being charged?
Bill: Well, I can say for the last several years, drug crimes in Delaware are almost exclusively heroin, fentanyl, other opioids, and marijuana, but probably in the last 8 or 9 months, cocaine seems to be making a comeback. Throughout that time there have been intermittent methamphetamine cases, but primarily it was heroin.
Ben: When I started practicing in 2001, I had a Superior Court conflict attorney contract in Kent County, the drug crimes were almost exclusively crack cocaine and marijuana. I don’t remember any particular cases involving heroin or fentanyl or anything. When do you think the trend started going in that direction?
Bill: I couldn’t put an exact time frame on it, but I would say probably 8 or 9 years ago the heroin trend picked up and it reached a point where you didn’t see anything but heroin cases, with a few exceptions of marijuana and once in a great while, methamphetamines, but as you said, crack and cocaine appear to be coming back slightly. You are now starting to see some of those cases back in Delaware, whereas for several years we really didn’t see any to speak of.
Ben: I want to ask you, as a criminal defense attorney who has done numerous defenses of drug crimes, do you have any tips for folks who might have been arrested and now they’re charged with drug crimes? Do you have any thoughts on how they can maximize the best result that they can get in their drug crime criminal cases?
Bill: If you are arrested for a drug crime, or stopped for drugs, the most important thing is don’t talk to the police! They are trained to get you to talk and make you believe that you can get out of the case by talking. That’s not gonna happen. There are no friends in the drug business. The police aren’t great investigators, they make most of their arrest because somebody dimes out one of their friends, or another drug user, or something because everyone is looking for a deal. If you get charged with a drug case, and you’re facing charges, there’s a couple of things I’d recommend. First of all, try to get a job, because the job will go a long way in humanizing you and making the prosecutor believe that you’re not just a drug addict. I would get some references. Most importantly, if you have a problem, or if you don’t think you have a problem, but you’re using drugs on a regular basis, try to get some help and counseling. Go to your family physician, go to a drug treatment clinic, that will go a long way in helping to resolve the case favorably to you.
Ben: Bill these are good tips. If folks want to get a hold of you to have a free consultation about their pending Delaware criminal case, how do they get a hold of you?
Bill: They can call my office at 302-216-4498, or you can call my cell at 302-584-2755.
Ben: Bill, thanks for taking the time today, I appreciate you going on video with me.
Bill: Thank you!