Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.390.4600

RECENT DWI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE RESULTS

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.

Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for Over 30 Years

What to Do If You’re Arrested

If you’re ever accused of a crime, it’s important to do the following: #1: Stay silent. Recognize that it’s your legal right not to answer questions at this time. Police want you to converse and hope you’ll admit the crime. In this scenario, tell the officer you’re invoking the right not to speak and that… Continue Reading

When is Evidence Illegally Obtained?

Several types of evidence fall under the scope of laws pertaining to illegally obtained evidence. Occasionally, evidence that may either greatly harm or help a side in a legal argument is presented. However, the evidence, regardless of relevance, may be inadmissible. That’s because the way in which the evidence was obtained is as important as… Continue Reading

What is a Formal Arraignment?

The court process in the state of New Jersey may not be as simple as it seems on the surface. Though many believe that going to court is a one and done situation, there is a process to it that is more complex than that. Among the many steps involved is what is called a… Continue Reading

Search and Seizure of Cars, Trucks, & Motorcycles – Atlantic & Cape May County

Consequences of Possessing Drugs While Operating a Vehicle

Was your car seized after the police searched your car and found drugs or drug paraphernalia? Have you requested the return of your car and been denied? Are you also facing criminal charges for drug possession?

Individuals who have been charged with possessing drugs while operating a motor vehicle face numerous criminal and administrative consequences, including jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension and car seizure. Each of these consequences results in its own separate hearing with its own timeline. It can be easy to get lost in the midst of everything.

I am criminal defense attorney John W. Tumelty. As a skilled defense lawyer with state and county prosecutorial experience, I have the insight into how these hearings are handled and what it takes to create a strong case in my client’s favor. When it comes to requesting the return of seized property, I know how to expedite the hearing request process and what to emphasize during the administrative hearing.

The Administrative Hearing

While you can attend the hearing without counsel, it is best to be represented by an attorney, as administrative hearings take on the form and function of a trial. During the hearing, it is up to the police to show that the car was used during the commission of a drug crime, and that it must be kept in police custody for public safety purposes. They must show that there was probable cause to search your car and then seize it.

Once the police have presented their side of the story, you then have the opportunity to challenge their arguments, present evidence and testify. It is at this time that you must be careful about what you say and how you frame the evidence you admit.

Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer John W. Tumelty

Seek out experienced defense representation for your seized car hearing. With 30 years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, I am able to provide an exceptional criminal defense to anyone facing criminal and administrative consequences in Southern New Jersey. Whether you live in Atlantic City, Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood or were just driving through, I can help. Contact me today at 609-390-4600 for a free consultation to discuss your options.

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Atlantic County Offices

JOHN W. TUMELTY
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW
CRIMINAL LAWYER
1 S. NEW YORK AVENUE, SUITE 212
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

609.345.3300

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN TUMELTY
DEFENSE LAWYER
539 SOUTH SHORE ROAD
MARMORA, NJ 08223

609.390.4600

ATTORNEY JOHN TUMELTY
DEFENSE LAWYER
3318 SIMPSON AVENUE
OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

609.385.4221

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

609.277.2786

Areas We Serve

Atlantic County Offices

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
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.