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

Stages of a DWI Case

I, John W. Tumelty, will guide you through each stage of your DWI case. I am an Atlantic City DWI defense lawyer with 30 years of experience in New Jersey criminal and traffic law. My background as a former state prosecutor with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and former assistant county prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office creates advantages for your case inside and outside the courtroom.

Contact me immediately if you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI. I am ready to work diligently on your DWI defense.

Stages of a DWI Case: Arrest to Trial

Arrest:

Police officers attempt to establish probable cause at many points during a traffic stop. Through evaluation of your actions under questioning at your car window and performance of the field sobriety test, probable cause must be established before an officer can arrest you or conduct a breath test.

Interview at the police station:

An officer should read your Miranda rights and the full implied consent law to you while you are in police custody. Police questions will include inquiries about the timing of your drinking, amount consumed, your whereabouts, where you were driving to, etc. You may refuse to answer questions pertaining to alcohol or drug consumption. You have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. You must, however, submit to taking the Alcotest, which is a breath test that will measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you refuse to take the breath test, you will be charged with breath test refusal.

Arraignment, discovery and trial:

Your arraignment is your first court date, listed on your DWI ticket. Here, you will be told that you have the right to attorney representation, and the judge will explain the charges and potential penalties you face. The judge will ask you to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty as the last order of business at the arraignment. It is advisable that you plead not guilty in order to have opportunity to defend yourself against the charges and seek attorney representation.

Your second court date will be in four to eight weeks. I can explain the DWI court process and help you understand your options.

Contact My South Jersey Office Today

Call me today at 609-390-4600 to discuss your case or schedule a free initial consultation to go over your charges. I provide thorough case preparation and aggressive challenges to the state’s evidence against you.

Call me now. I can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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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

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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.