Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.390.4600

Former Prosecutor

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New Jersey Criminal Defense and DWI attorney
who knows how to navigate the local courts

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

Getting Your Probation Reinstated

Getting Your Probation Reinstated

It is important to know what it means to get your probation reinstated. Getting your probation reinstated means that you have violated your probation in some way, to begin with, and you are now looking to stay on probation after receiving your charge rather than going back to jail. A new violation can be issued for… Continue Reading

When Can Lying Be Against the Law?

When Can Lying Be Against the Law?

Yes, lying can actually be against the law. In most scenarios, liars are nothing more than people who avoid problems by not telling the truth, leading other people to simply lose respect for the liar. But in some cases, it can be far worse. There are times when lying can actually be against the law,… Continue Reading

Failure to Report a Crime

Failure to Report a Crime

  In most states, it is legal to simply not report a crime, but there are some exceptions. In some cases, there are states, like Texas, that make it mandatory to report higher offense crimes. Failure to do so could lead to a misdemeanor. In a state like Ohio, it is illegal to not report… Continue Reading

Charged With Possession of A Weapon for Unlawful Purpose? – Atlantic & Cape May County Criminal Defense


Possession of a weapon (gun) for unlawful purposes under N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-4 is defined:

Any person who has in his possession a firearm with a purpose to use it unlawfully against a person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

A common fact pattern is when the police stop a motor vehicle, with several occupants, for a traffic offense. The police ultimately conduct a search of the vehicle and find a gun or other weapon inside. The weapon was concealed in the glove box, console, under the seat, etc. The police charge everyone in the car with a weapons offense. You were unaware that the weapon was in the car. You did not, therefore, have any intention of possessing or controlling the weapon. Lack of knowledge about the weapon is a complete defense to a weapons charge.

If you are charged with possession of a handgun, or other weapon, for an unlawful purpose, you need to contact a local and experienced criminal defense lawyer. Attorney John W. Tumelty is an Atlantic City gun and weapons offense attorney with over 30 years of criminal law experience. Mr. Tumelty is a former state prosecutor and former Atlantic County prosecutor.

Contact me today at 609-390-4600 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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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.