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

Atlantic City Shoplifting Defense Lawyer – Atlantic & Cape May County Attorney

Defending Against Alleged Shoplifting and Theft Crimes

If you have been charged with a crime for allegedly shoplifting, you could be facing serious penalties, as well as a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. An experienced attorney may be able to help you avoid these criminal consequences.

I am John W. Tumelty, an Atlantic City shoplifting defense lawyer representing clients in Atlantic County, Cape May County and other counties in South Jersey. If you have been accused of shoplifting, contact my office today to set up a free initial consultation.

What Will Happen to You if You Are Convicted?

Shoplifting is theft from a retail merchant. To be convicted of shoplifting, you do not need to have actually left a store with an item you didn’t pay for. You can also be convicted for concealing an item, altering a price tag, or transferring an item between two containers.

Generally, criminal penalties for shoplifting are based on the value of the goods the defendant is convicted of stealing.

However, the penalties can be much higher if you have prior offenses on your record. Under New Jersey law, if you are convicted of a third or subsequent shoplifting offense, even if the stolen goods were relatively inexpensive, the judge is required to sentence you to jail.

What Can I Do to Defend You Against the Charges?

I have successfully defended many clients, including both local residents and Jersey Shorevisitors, against shoplifting and other theft charges. I will carefully investigate the facts of your case and explore all possible options for helping you avoid a conviction, including the following:

  • Defending you by showing that the prosecutors have inadequate evidence
  • Making restitution to the retailer to encourage them to get the charges dropped
  • Showing that you were not criminally culpable due to your state of mind

Every case is unique, and I will take the time to evaluate and recommend the strategy that is appropriate for your specific situation. Contact me today at 609-390-4600 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

609.277.2786 Get Directions

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.