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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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Minor in Possession of Alcohol in New Jersey

Minor in Possession of Alcohol in New Jersey

Sales of alcohol to minors as well as public possession of alcohol by minors are enforced by Minor in Possession laws also known as underaged drinking laws. The passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act (23 U.S.C.A. § 158) in 1984 required all states to raise the minimum drinking age to 21 years of age, making it illegal for anyone under that age to possess or purchase alcohol. Since 1984 all states have complied with the act making the legal age of alcohol possession and purchase to be 21 nationally.

Contact the law offices of John W. Tumelty today to find out how an experienced lawyer can help you with your case today.

Public Possession laws in New Jersey

Public possession within the Drinking Age act allows for certain circumstances including:

Medical purposes, as long as a licensed physician, dentist, nurse, hospital, medical institution, or pharmacist administers the alcohol

A minor’s use of alcohol for an established religious purpose, as long as the minor is accompanied by parent, legal guardian over the age of 21, or spouse

In private clubs or establishments, or during lawful employment by a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer.

Many states target the activities and violations that are most common under the Drinking Age act, which can include:

Sales to minors: Vendors may not sell any alcoholic product to any person under the age of 21 in all states

Purchase of alcohol by minors: Similarly, any person under the age of 21 in any state may not purchase any alcoholic beverage or product

Possession of alcohol by minors: Many states have their own laws regarding private possession of alcohol by a minor yet exceptions to these laws exist on a per state basis

Minors’ consumption: Many state laws prohibit the consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21
Misrepresentation of age: Similarly, many states prohibit the use of false identification in an attempt to purchase alcohol illegally

Contact us Today for Experienced Legal Help with  Minor in Possession Charges Today

If a person under the age of 21 receives a Minor in Possession charge and it is their first offense, the defendant may receive relatively light consequences as compared to someone with multiple offenses. These results can differ largely by local governments as well as the political views of the community.

Many times, these charges can have a much larger impact on a person’s life than initially thought. They may cause insurance premiums to rise and a licence suspension can cause further difficulty.

Often times the severity of consequences handed down to a minor charged with an MIP are unknown at it may be in your best interest to contact an experienced New Jersey lawyer to handle your case immediately. John w. Tumelty has years of experience and success and may be able to help reduce or possibly eliminate the consequences of an MIP charge.

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.

New Jersey Controlled Substance and Drug Possession Laws

New Jersey Controlled Substance and Drug Possession Laws

Certain drugs and other materials that the federal government regulates are categorized as controlled substances. Many times possession or use of these drugs may not be illegal depending on the circumstances such as medical research or obtained through a legal prescription.  Although, if a substance or drug has absolutely no medical benefit, research purpose, or… Continue Reading

Inmate Court Appearances

Inmate Court Appearances

For someone who has already been accused of a crime and is in prison or jail already, you may be curious about appearing in court. It is not always easy for someone who has been convicted or being held in custody to know when they will next have to show up at a court hearing.… Continue Reading

What is an Outstanding Bench Warrant?

What is an Outstanding Bench Warrant?

Many people are curious about what happens if they miss a court date or if they learn that they are subject to an outstanding bench warrant. If you found out that an arrest warrant or a bench warrant was set up for you, or if you were required to attend a court hearing and you… Continue Reading

Bail Reduction Hearings 101

Bail Reduction Hearings 101

If you have been accused of a crime in New Jersey and are not sure of the next steps, you may be hearing information about a bail reduction hearing or the setting of bail. You need to request the bail reduction hearing if you believe that the bail assessed in your case is unreasonable. 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.