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STATE v. HENDRICKS — NEW JERSEY MURDER TRIAL — “NOT GUILTY” VERDICT

Mr. Tumelty represented Helena Hendricks, who was charged with first degree murder in Atlantic County Superior Court. The defendant faced a number of additional charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted three weeks, the defendant was found “not guilty” of all charges.

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What Are the Stop and Frisk Laws in New Jersey?

Among the more controversial situations affecting the police and the public these days is confusion surrounding stop and frisk laws. Stop and frisk is a controversial move that has led to allegations of harassment and even racial profiling.

Stop and frisk is a method used by police that allows an officer, with reasonable suspicion, to stop and question a person who appears to commit or is committing a crime.  The stop and frisk method is most commonly used when an officer suspects that a person may have a dangerous weapon in their possession and the officer fears for their own safety. Based on their reasonable suspicion, an officer can go beyond questioning a person and proceed to pat down the person. Beyond simply patting down a person, the officer can proceed to carry out a more thorough search, including an inspection of their bag or accessories.

Stop and frisk laws have recently been at the center of many controversies. This is because stop and frisk mostly hinges on the suspicion and discernment of an individual officer and is not altogether universally defined. Stop and frisk has proven controversial, as many feel it is a violation of their privacy and constitutional rights. More often than not, those who are stopped and questioned or frisked feel as though it was an unnecessary move and suspect that the stop was due to underlying or overt discrimination.

While the state of New Jersey still has stop and frisk laws in place, it is important that people know their rights as civilians, especially in cases where the stop and frisk proved unnecessary.

If you have been stopped and frisked and feel it was done in an unconstitutional way and are facing criminal charges, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who could help. Contact the law office of John W. Tumelty today to schedule a case evaluation by calling 609-390-4600 or contact online today.

What is Sexting and When Does It Become a Crime?

Sexting is the act of sending or receiving nude or sexually explicit images or video through an electronic device such as a phone or computer. While largely attributed to teens and younger adults, the popularity and accessibility of electronic devices and smartphones has resulted in sexting even amongst older adults. Sexting is often consensual between… Continue Reading

Learn More About Attempted Murder Charges in New Jersey

Far and away the most severe crime a person could commit is murder. The act of taking someone’s life is punishable by some of the worst penalties legally possible. Murder is so serious, that even attempter murder holds high penalties and even jail time. Attempted murder is defined as a canceled or failed attempt to… Continue Reading

What to Expect as a First-Time Offender

Everyone makes mistakes. Occasionally, these mistakes can land a person in a situation could have them facing criminal charges. The state of New Jersey, as with many other states, has diversionary programs in place that serve to help those who have committed a crime reconcile with their crime without necessarily having to endure court or… Continue Reading

What Happens If I Violate My Probation?

Probation can be extremely beneficial. It allows a person to potentially avoid jail time while still allowing a defendant a modicum of freedom. However, the rules for probation are not always made completely clear. While a defendant should always consult with a probation officer regarding the exact terms and details regarding their specific situation, it’s… Continue Reading

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

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MARMORA, NJ 08223

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OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

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WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

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Seasoned criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has three conveniently located offices in Atlantic City, Somers Point and Marmora, NJ. He serves clients in Atlantic, Ocean, Gloucester and Cape May counties and the Jersey Shore, including: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May, Dennis Township, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Linwood, Lower Township, Margate, Middle Township, Northfield, Ocean City, Pleasantville, Sea Isle City, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Upper Township, Ventnor and Wildwood.