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

New Jersey DWI Court Process

What to Expect During the Court Process for DUI

Whether this is your first DWI arrest or you have multiple drunk driving convictions on your record, the DWI court process can be a confusing and frightening experience. An experienced lawyer can guide you through each stage of your case and make sure that your rights are fully protected.

I am John W. Tumelty, a New Jersey DWI court process attorney with 30 years of criminal and traffic law experience, first as a prosecutor and now as a defense lawyer. I have been named a New Jersey Supreme Court-certified criminal trial attorney. I know how the court process works, and I know what it takes to successfully defend a DWI case and minimize DWI/DUI penalties.

If you have been charged with drinking and driving, contact my law firm to learn how I can help you. I have offices in Atlantic County and Cape May County.

Understanding the Court Process

A DWI case begins when a person is arrested and charged with a DWI offense and/or a refusal to take a breath test offense. The initial court appearance is listed on the actual tickets. The first court date is called an “arraignment.” At the arraignment, the judge will explain the charges and potential penalties. The judge will also explain that you have a right to an attorney and the right to remain silent. The judge will encourage you to get an attorney. Last, the judge will ask you to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Most people plead not guilty on the arraignment date.

The municipal court will generate a new court notice quickly. You will receive a notice of the final court date within a couple of weeks. A final court date will take place within 60 days of the arrest. As your DWI defense attorney, I will obtain a copy of the police report package as soon as possible. I will also provide you with a copy of the police report and discuss the contents thereof in detail with you, and then I will prepare for the final court date.

You will be required to appear in municipal court on the final court date. This court date is the time for your attorney to discuss any unresolved discovery issues and pending motions with the prosecutor and judge. If there are no outstanding discovery issues or pending motions, you will likely be required to plead guilty or proceed to trial on this court date.

Contact an Atlantic City DUI Lawyer

To learn more about the New Jersey DWI court process and how I can help protect your rights at each stage of your case, call me today at 609-390-4600 to schedule a free consultation.

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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.