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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.

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Criminal Indictment

Criminal IndictmentYou may have seen the word “indictment” a time or two before. You might have seen it as part of a front-page newspaper headline or on the local news, but do you actually know what an indictment is or what it means?

Indictments Used for Federal Crimes

An indictment is basically a formal accusation of a crime. They are especially used for federal crimes and used less at the state level. This is because the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires a person to be charged with a capital punishment by presentment or indictment by a grand jury.

This amendment does not apply to state courts though it is still an option. Use of a grand jury is also optional for state courts.

When it comes to indictments, a prosecutor will be required to present the case to a grand jury (16 to 23 members) and they will decide whether there is enough evidence to charge the accused with a crime. All it takes are 12 members to believe the evidence is sufficient.

A grand jury proceeding is different from a trial in that the accused’s criminal defense attorney is not present to question witnesses. Still, that does not mean you should forgo hiring an attorney if you are facing an indictment or other criminal charges.

Attorney in Atlantic City Can Help You

When it comes to an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney, you need John W. Tumelty. The New Jersey attorney has over 30 years of experience helping clients fight criminal charges.

From something minor like a juvenile offense to crimes like homicide and weapons offenses, Mr. Tumelty has handled it all. You can rely on him to build you a strong defense.

In order to begin discussing your case, fill out the online contact form.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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Criminal Assault

A general definition for criminal assault is an act that threatens someone with physical harm. The word “threatens” is important because it highlights that physical harm does not need to result for it to be considered criminal assault. Now, criminal assault specifics can vary a bit from state to state, so a local criminal defense… Continue Reading

Basics of Criminal Law

Many who feel educated on criminal defense really only know what they have seen on television or in movies. And while television and movies do a good job of getting the story across, they do not touch on everything that would happen in a real life case. If you have been arrested and are facing… Continue Reading

Cyber Avenging: Act of a Hero or Vigilante?

Cyber Avenging: Act of a Hero or Vigilante?

The invention of the internet has brought about a much more accessible and convenient day-to-day for most people. If you are looking to contact someone you could find them online and send a message over Facebook or an email. Looking for the answer to a history question? You can use one of the many online… Continue Reading

Drunk Droning in New Jersey

Drunk Droning in New Jersey

If you have not heard about drones then you are potentially missing out on one of today’s most popular technologies. Simply put, a drone is a pilotless aircraft or missile. Originally known for its use within the military, drones today are now built and used by the public. There are drones designed to be toys… Continue Reading

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THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
539 S Shore Rd
Marmora, NJ 08223
609.390.4600
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
3318 Simpson Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609.385.4221
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
100 E Rio Grande Ave
Wildwood, NJ 08260
609.277.2786
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
822 Shore Rd
Somers Point, NJ 08244
609.277.2786

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.