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 Penalties

Possible Consequences of Getting a DUI

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey, you could be facing a license suspension, possible jail time, an ignition interlock requirement, fines and other serious penalties, even if you have a good driving record. Depending on the facts of your case, you may even be subject to a potential jail sentence.

If you are looking for a lawyer to defend you against New Jersey DWI penalties, don’t hesitate to contact me, attorney John W. Tumelty, for a free consultation. I have 30 years of experience in criminal and DWI law. I am a former deputy attorney general with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and former assistant prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. I am a New Jersey Supreme Court-certified criminal trial attorney. I represent clients who have been charged with DWI/DUI throughout South Jersey, from Atlantic City to Cape May.

Understanding the Potential Consequences of a DWI Conviction

New Jersey takes drunk driving very seriously. Over the years, many penalties have been put in place for people convicted of DWI, and many of them have been made mandatory. The following are the major penalties you are facing if you have been charged with DWI:

  • Driver’s license suspension: Everyone convicted of DWI in New Jersey will have his or her driver’s license suspended for anywhere from three months to 10 years. The length of a license suspension depends on your driving record and if you have prior DUI convictions.
  • Prison: If you are convicted of DWI for the first time, the judge will have the discretion to send you to jail for up to 30 days. For a second offense, a jail term of at least two days and up to 90 days is mandatory. A third offense carries a 180-day sentence.
  • Community service: In addition to a jail sentence, you can also be sentenced to community service for a second, third or subsequent DWI conviction.
  • Alcohol classes: Anyone convicted of DWI must attend between 12 and 48 hours of Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) classes at the judge’s discretion.
  • Fines: The fines, fees and surcharges associated with a DWI conviction and the accompanying driver’s license consequences can range from $3,755 to $6,055.
  • Ignition interlock requirement: An ignition interlock requirement is mandatory if your blood alcohol level is .15 percent or higher or if you are looking at a second or subsequent offense. This means that you may have to have a device installed on your vehicle once your driving privileges are reinstated.

If you are arrested in a school zone, some or all of these penalties can be doubled. While DWI is not considered a criminal offense in New Jersey, it can still leave a major mark on your driving record, potentially causing your insurance rates to increase dramatically.

As your lawyer, I will carefully evaluate your opportunities for avoiding these penalties. Depending on the facts of your case, you may have defenses against the charges, or it may be possible to get them reduced to a lesser offense like reckless driving. 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.