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

Grand Theft or Petty Theft in NJ: Which Charge Applies?

Grand Theft or Petty Theft in NJ: Which Charge Applies?

Have you been accused of any type of theft allegation in New Jersey? If so, it’s important to realize how the distinction of the crime makes a difference in the type of penalties you might face. The most commonly charged theft crimes in New Jersey are petty theft and grand theft. Grand theft involves crimes… Continue Reading

Felony vs. Misdemeanor Laws in New Jersey

Felony vs. Misdemeanor Laws in New Jersey

No matter the type of crime that you have been accused of, it is imperative to schedule a consultation with a New Jersey criminal defense attorney immediately. The laws that determine whether you’ll be looking at felony or misdemeanor charges depend on the severity of the crime and two general classes outline the different types… Continue Reading

New Jersey DWI Laws

Understanding the Basic Principles of Drunk Driving Stops

Every driver in New Jersey should understand a few basic principles about the rights, responsibilities and obligations of drivers in relation to suspected drunk driving stops. Laws vary from state to state, and it helps to know the law before you interact with law enforcement officers in every stage of suspected DWI. Whether a police officer or state trooper is at your car window, administering a field sobriety test, arresting you, questioning you at the police station or making you submit to an Alcotest, you have rights and obligations.

I am John W. Tumelty, an experienced Atlantic City DWI attorney. I am a former state prosecutor with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and former assistant county prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

I strive to help people become familiar with New Jersey driving laws before they encounter legal trouble, but I also take immediate action to protect the rights of people who have been charged. I help them through the process with care. As your attorney, I will work to aggressively defend your rights and put you in position for your best possible results in the face of DWI charges in the Atlantic City area and throughout South Jersey.

DWI Laws You Should Know in New Jersey

  • BAC: In New Jersey, a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 is the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. Any BAC at or above that is considered driving while intoxicated. Consequences are harsher if a driver operates a motor vehicle at .1 BAC or higher, or if the driver is under the influence of a narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, which includes some prescription drugs ( DWI for drugs).
  • Zero tolerance: New Jersey enforces a zero tolerance DWI law for underage DWI. Drivers younger than 21 years old may not legally drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.
  • Implied consent: New Jersey enforces an implied consent law. If a law enforcement officer can establish probable cause to arrest a person for DWI, the officer can require a detained person to submit to the Alcotest, which has replaced the Breathalyzer.
  • Breath test refusal: Refusal to take the Alcotest can result in an additional refusal charge on top of the DWI charge. The charge could result in license suspension and other penalties.
  • Miranda rights: Law enforcement officers must read a detained person his or her Miranda rights, informing the accused that he or she has the right to remain silent, that anything said can be used in court and that he or she has the option to have a lawyer present before responding to any questions.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of your rights and contact me as soon as possible. From the beginning, I can represent your best interests attentively and aggressively to ensure you are protected throughout the legal process.

I challenge all aspects of the state’s evidence resulting from the initial traffic stop to processing a breath test or blood test for blood alcohol content (BAC), including:

  • Probable cause to stop the vehicle
  • Right to conduct a field sobriety test and the test’s accuracy
  • Probable cause to arrest
  • Questioning of client during the traffic stop and at the police station
  • Breath test results (Alcotest machine)
  • Blood test results
  • Drug test results

Please see more information on DWI penalties and consequences.

Contact The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty

I advance every possible defense to avoid a loss of license and minimize all possible consequences. If you’ve been charged with a DWI, call me today at 609-390-4600 to discuss your case or to schedule a free initial 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.