State of Delaware v. White.

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Download PDF SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE RICHARD F. STOKES JUDGE P.O. BOX 746 COURTHOU SE GEORGETO WN, DE 19947 James E. Liguori, Esq. Liguori, Morris & Redding 46 The Green Dover DE 19901 Adam D. Gelof, Esq. Department of Justice 114 East Market Street Georgetown DE 19947 Submitted: Decided: RE: May 12, 2003 May 27, 2003 State of Delaware v. Ronald C. White Cr. A. No. IS02-12-0184W ID #0211013852 Dear Counsel: This is my decision on defendantâ s Motion for Sentence Modification. The motion is denied for the reasons set forth herein. FACTS On May 7, 2003, defendant was sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The sentencing order imposed a statutory loss of driving license privileges pursuant to 21 Del. C. § 4177K (a). Defendantâ s signed plea agreement and truth-in-sentencing guilty plea forms indicate a loss of license. Defendant also signed a revocation of privilege to drive form reflecting a two year loss of license pursuant to 16 Del. C. § 4752. ISSUE PRESENTED Should the court grant defendantâ s motion for sentence modification on the grounds that 1 the offense of attempted possession with intent to deliver marijuana does not carry a statutory loss of license? DISCUSSION Defendant seeks to have his sentence modified to restore driving license privileges. Defendant argues that there is no statutory loss of license for attempted possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. This Court may correct a sentence pursuant to Superior Court Criminal Rule 35. Super. Ct. Crim. R. 35. Defendant was charged with violating Section 4752 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. 16 Del. C. § 4752. Persons violating Section 4752 are guilty of a class E felony. 16 Del. C. § 4752 (a). Persons pleading guilty to Section 4752 shall have their driverâ s license revoked for a period of two years from the date of sentencing. 21 Del. C. § 4177K (a). Here, defendant pled guilty to attempted possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. An â [a]ttempt to commit a crime is an offense of the same grade and degree as the most serious offense which the accused is found guilty of attempting.â 11 Del. C. § 531. Since defendant pled guilty to attempted possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, defendant is guilty of violating Section 4752 and should be sentenced accordingly. 11 Del. C. § 531; 16 Del. C. § 4752. Persons found guilty of violating Section 4752 are subject to a two-year driverâ s license revocation. 21 Del. C. § 4177K (a). Therefore, defendantâ s license was properly revoked pursuant to statute. Moreover, defendantâ s signed plea agreement form, truth-in-sentencing form and revocation of privilege to drive form represent that defendant understood that pleading guilty to this offense would result in a loss of license for two years. Accordingly, defendant is not entitled to have his driving license privileges restored. 2 CONCLUSION Defendantâ s motion for modification of his sentence is denied since the offense of attempted possession of marijuana with intent to deliver includes a statutory loss of license. In addition, and independently of this point, this risk was known to defendant, and the Court imposed it as part of the sentencing plan. The Court has the authority to do so. IT IS SO ORDERED. Very truly yours, Richard F. Stokes cc: Prothonotary 3