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Michael W Modica

Criminal defense Attorney at Wilmington, DE

4.9   73 reviews
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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State DE
    Acquired 1982
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IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR DUI OFFENSE, MICHAEL MODICA CAN HELP.

I have practiced law my entire career in Wilmington, Delaware. After graduating from Emory University School of Law in 1982 I became a deputy attorney general in the criminal division of the Delaware Department of Justice. I was a prosecutor for approximatel 3 years until I transitioned to private practice where I handled criminal defense cases and personal injury and worker's compensation cases. I have handled every type of criminal case from traffic tickets to capital murder cases. I have appeared in every State and Federal court in Delaware. I have had the occasion to appear before the Delaware Supreme Court in over 10 cases which is a unique distinction. I have been appointed by Superior Court judges to represent 3 capital murder defendants, which I believe reflects their respect for my competence and experience. I have been a trial lawyer for over 30 years.  My philosophy is to "imagine that I am the client" when I represent people as that serves to set the expectation as to how to properly assist each client. In addition to practicing law I have attempted to give back to my community in a number of ways. I was a board member on the Brandywine School District Board of Education from 1991 to 1996. I was appointed by Governor Carper to serve on the Advisory Council to the Delaware Department of Children, Youth and their Families. I was appointed by Governor Minner to serve on the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. I am a board member of the Maplewood Senior Center. I have volunteered as a youth soccer, basketball, football and roller hockey coach. I am divorced and have three adult children.

 

 

 

Location

Michael W. Modica, Attorney at Law
715 North King Street
Suite 300
Wilmington, DE, 19899

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  73 customer reviews
Posted by MC | June 3, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Around!
I would highly recommend Michael Modica. From our initial consultation to the hearing, he was so kind and understanding. In very odd circumstances, he was able to plea the charge down and got the best outcome possible for my daughter. He responded promptly whenever I emailed him and truly had her best interest in mind. As nervous as we were he made us feel at ease and explained everything clearly to us. I know I made the best choice for her!!
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Posted by Ashli | February 22, 2024
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Couldn't have asked for better!!!
We were referred to Mr. Modica by a friend and right from the first conversation with him, we felt very comfortable. We researched him and came here to read the reviews others have left. We decided he was the lawyer for us and began the process. My husband has a past and unfortunately it came back to bite him during an innocent night out hunting. We were facing multiple felonies, misdemeanors and violations. With Mr. Modica's help, we were able to walk away with nothing but 1 small charge and no impact on my husbands future. We couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to represent us and would refer him to anyone in a heart beat. We cant thank him enough for saving and keeping our family together!
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Posted by Heather | February 3, 2024
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He got our case dismissed!
Mr. Modica and his staff all are so friendly! Not only is he reasonably priced, he listens and works for you. Mr. Modica truly fought for us. When we kept getting continued, Mr. Modica kept his word and followed up with the DA and stated what he felt/seen from the charge my family was facing. The charge was not a silly little charge either. After 2.5 months and the PH being rescheduled 4 times Mr. Modica got the case dismissed!! We can’t thank him enough!
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2024
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Mike Modica Representation
Mike is a very professional lawyer and extremely happy with the representation he provided.
Posted by Renee | October 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Delaware
I honestly can not say enough good things about Mike Modica. Unfortunately, my teenage son made a few bad decisions, recently. I contacted Mr. Modica, after finding his information on line. After speaking with him over the phone, I immediately knew that I was making the right choice with him, and was confident that he would be able to resolve the issue in a way that would not affect my son's long term future. And, I was definitely right! He never made any "guarantees" but he was always comforting and made it very clear that he would do everything legally possible to ensure the "best possible" end result; which is exactly what he did. He quickly resolved the situation in a way that still allowed my son to realize that he needed to make better choices in the future but that he would still be able to have a bright future with nothing on his record to hinder his future. Mr. Modica was always very attentive and responded very promptly through the entire process. I never felt that we were "just another client". I really could not have asked for a better end result and although I hope to never need him in the future, I would definitely not hesitate for a second to reach out to him, if the need ever arises again. Thank you again, Mr. Modica. I've said it before, but I can not thank you enough for everything you did for my son.
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Posted by Kellie | September 7, 2022
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Highly Recommend!
Mike is professional and a pleasure to work with. We are from out of state and Mike helped my daughter through a difficult situation when she was ticketed for an auto accident. He was understanding and responsive to my daughter’s unique scheduling needs as a college athlete and helped resolve her case quickly. I highly recommend Mike’s services.
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Response from Michael Modica September 8, 2022
Thank you Kellie, I appreciate your comments.
Posted by Ayotunde | June 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Mr. Modica
He was able to help me out of my dire situation for such a great price. He provided great expertise. Knew exactly what to do to help keep my punishment to an absolute minimum
Response from Michael Modica June 20, 2022
Thank you Ayotunde, it was my pleasure to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended lawyer!
I was suffering from a mental illness and touched the rules. Michael did not charge my consulting fee instead listened carefully to my case and the scenario. I decided to hire him without a second thought. I was also suffering from mental illness during the process, Michael is the lawyer who showed empathy to the client. The case process was expedited. Michael negotiated with the prosecutor and let him well understand my suffering. You only need to follow his order and put it on god hand. case dismissed!
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Response from Michael Modica June 21, 2022
Thank you for your nice comments. I was glad we were able to achieve a great resolution. Best regards.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, Caring, Professional
Mr. Modica is an outstanding attorney who will explore every avenue & exhaust all options to defend his clients! Facing a 3rd offense felony dui, I was sure my life was over & my career ruined. After speaking to Mr. Modica I felt reassured, even though he was very up front about the challenges of my case. Throughout the year it took to resolve my case, Mr. Modica kept me up to speed on the progression. He was always matter of fact & honest about what I could expect & what I could be facing. But at the same time he pressed forward with complete confidence & self assurance & left no stone unturned. Just when I thought there was no hope for me, he reached a plea deal & I got the absolute BEST possible outcome that I could have even dared hope for. I completely credit Mr Modica’s unwavering persistence for giving me another chance at life!! Thank you sir it’s been an honor and a blessing
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!!!
Michael represented my daughter for felony charges as a result of a counter protest on campus. Michael listened with empathy and fought hard to get her charges reduced, preserving her future. Michael is responsive, honest, straightforward and most of all, a man of integrity. He did not treat my daughter's case like just another client. He truly cared and helped us through an very trying situation. We are beyond grateful and highly recommend Michael!
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Response from Michael Modica December 2, 2021
thank you for the kind words, it was a pleasure to represent your daughter.
Posted by Deborah | November 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and Attentive Lawyer
I hired Michael Modica because my son, a UD student, was charged with a misdemeanor. for a party. We were in a panic. I called Mr. Monica and he called me back immediately. He listened to the situation. He was able to calm me down and within a couple of days able to get the charges dropped. He was quick to help and caring during the process. I highly recommend him for any issues you may have! Thank you Mr. Monica !!!
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Response from Michael Modica December 2, 2021
thank you for your kind comments. Your son deserved a favorable outcome. I am glad we were able to achieve it.
Posted by Syisha Randolph | April 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I was facing a PFA with false allegations against me. With such short notice, There were limited lawyers available in the area to represent my case. I contacted Mr. Modica and he responded immediately. From the start he exemplified great service and support. Mr. Modica handled my case in court with knowledgeable, expertise and outstanding service. My case was ultimately Dismissed. I would highly recommend Mr. Modica for your legal Needs.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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He is a responsible and excellent lawyer
I am a good citizen who abides by the law, I never imagined that I would run into trouble one day. Unfortunately, an accident happened, I was in trouble and I called several lawyers, someone tried to charge me a lot and never call me back. Only Mr. Modica answered me seriously and accepted my face-to-face consultation, gave me a very reasonable price. I chose him to represent me without hesitation. Sure enough, Mr. Modica didn't let me down, he responded to my emails quickly every time, understanding my situation, background and culture ( I'm not American, not good at English). Before the preliminary hearing, he communicated with the prosecutor many times, and finally dropped all the charges, gave me the best result I wanted, and allowed me to return to a normal life. Thank him for helping me and helping my family. He is the best lawyer in this state and this city !
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Posted by Anne | November 24, 2020
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car accident fender-bender on private property
I was involved in a minor fender-bender on private property (shopping center). The police officer was intimidated by a large crowd of the other involved person's friends that were jumping around and screaming, and ended up giving me a ticket. Mr. Modica and I went to court in August, 2020, and the police officer did not show. The case was dismissed. Lo and behold, 3 months later, the police officer made a motion to reopen the case. Mr. Modica filed a motion with the court that this was illegal and would set precedent against Delaware law. A week before the 2nd trial, the judge ruled against the officer's motion to reopen. Hopefully, this is a done deal, the 2nd time around. Mr. Modica knows the Delaware law, and handled this efficiently and with a good outcome for me.
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Posted by Kate | November 21, 2020
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Amazing services for a good price
Mr. Modica was very quick to respond in my initial consultation email! After meeting with him and hearing how he would potentially handle my case, I moved forward with hiring him for my PFA hearing. He was extremely thorough in keeping me updated with everything he was doing behind the scenes with the court and doing everything to ensure the best outcome of the trial. Mr. Modica is very down to earth and seemed very respected in the courtroom. I was proud to have him by side and very satisfied with the outcome of the hearing.
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Posted by Prestina | October 21, 2020
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A fighter. All charges dropped. Case dismissed.
This man is truly great at what he does. He fights for justice & get you the results he know you deserves. I would had given up & simply took a deal bc I was just tired of fighting for myself. Mike said “NO” & fought on my behalf when I was too overwhelmed to even fight for myself. Well, he did exactly what he said. A win for me!! I have my life back. Also, his prices are surprisingly reasonable & affordable. I’m so happy that I met Mike. I know I always have a fighter on board if ever there’s legal battle. Hire this man.
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Posted by Matthew Robinson | June 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney Thanks Mike.
I hired Mike Modica to have my probation modified from level 3 to level 1 and my attorney had the Judge dismiss my probation.
Posted by Rob | June 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Warrant quashed!!
Hiring Mr. Modica was well worth the expense and some. He was quick to respond to all my questions. I was living for 10years with a warrant hanging over me afraid of the inevitable every day. Having moved out of state years ago every other lawyer I contacted told me there was no way to handle it unless I flew back and turned myself in first. Not only did Mr. Modica get the charges dismissed but he did it without me needing to leave the comfort of my home and in just shy of a weeks time frame from the day I hired him. If your pondering this man just do it! I can not express how much weight this is lifting from my life. I can now continue to move forward in life with my family and not have to look over my shoulders stressing out over what if.... Michael Modica has my family and my personal recommendation to anyone seeking legal help and has my trust and approval any day!! THANK YOU REALLY DOESNT SAY ENOUGH!
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
I found myself in a situation, with the law, that was really scary and something I would never have expected in my life. I contacted Mike for a consultation and instantly was instantly put at ease. I really can’t thank him enough. He was professional, diligent, and compassionate. My situation ultimately did not need any court dates or appearances but, it was complicated. Mike helped me through it all and I really can’t even begin to express my gratitude. If you’re in a bind and need some help; this is you’re man.
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Posted by Cassandra | April 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
On point!
This man got the job done in just a few days! In the middle of a chrisis! Confident in his work and that made me feel a lot better because as everyone knows... having legal trouble is nerve wrecking! Thank you so much!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Michael Modica
  • 1990 - Present
  • Associate
  • Aerenson, Ferrara and Lyons
  • 1985 - 1989
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • State Of Delaware Department Of Justice
  • 1983 - 1985

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • McDaniel College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • state v. mm
  • not guilty
  • state v cd
  • dismissal
  • state v mr
  • dismissal
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Associations

  • Delaware Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1985 - Present
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1986 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 Top Lawyers
  • Delaware Today
  • 2023
  • 2022 Top Lawyers
  • Delaware Today
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Publications

  • The Advocate-DTLA
  • The Case Against Mandatory Sentencing Laws
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Pardon and Expungement Workshop
  • Pardons and Expungements
  • 2016
  • Delaware Superior Court Trial Forum
  • Evidentiary Foundations
  • 2010
  • School Law Seminar
  • School Law Issues in Delaware
  • 1998
  • Delaware Superior Court Trial Forum
  • DUI/DWI Defense Fundamentals
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Mr. Modica and will be very pleased to refer my clients from DE who’ve found themselves in trouble in NC for assistance and advice on navigating their license issues. Mr. Modica is too modest so I’ll say it for him: he may be the best DUI defense Attorney in all DE. Hope people from MD, DC, PA and NJ who need a great lawyer see this endorsement and call him too."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their commitment and dedication to clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Mr. Modica for about 10 years and then he mentored me throughout my law school career. He is a very accomplished attorney who treats each client the utmost respect. He will diligently defend each case and has achieved some pretty amazing results. I recommend him for both criminal defense and personal injury matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Modica is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mike Modica for 30 years. He has served the public in the past as a Deputy Attorney General and he serves the public now as a first rate criminal defense lawyer. Mike is proficient and experienced in cases relating to personal injury matters as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many of my clients to Mike for criminal defense and personal injury matters. Mike has always done a great job and that is why I keep referring my clients and family members to him. Mike has a great reputation which he has really worked hard to earn."
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