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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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Category: Vehicular Assault or Homicide

Woman Faces 20 Years in Prison For Car Crash that Killed Husband

Allison Hawks Nasta, of New Hampshire, was convicted by an Atlantic County jury in the Pleasantville car crash that killed her husband in August, 2012.  The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office argued that Nasta was high on heroin when she drove her car straight into a pole without hitting her brakes.  Her husband, William Nasta, 34, […]

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Actress sentenced to three years in fatal drunk driving case

New Jersey motorists who are convicted of drunk driving offenses face stiff penalties including license suspension and installation of an ignition interlock device. For the most serious cases, those which involve a fatal drunk driving accident, a motorist could face a long stretch behind bars. Recently, a high-profile case resulted in a three-year prison sentence […]

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Breath test mistake could mean hard time in New Jersey

Cape May readers who have followed some previous discussions may recognize that errors by law enforcement, though they may be unintentional, can have a profound effect upon defendants if they are not detected and addressed by diligent defense counsel. A recent story from another state, though sad in its own right, illustrates quite clearly how […]

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Retired New Jersey officer appeals fatal drunk driving conviction

Cape May readers who have followed recent discussions involving law enforcement officers entangled in drunk driving incidents may be interested to learn about the ongoing case of a retired police officer from Plainfield. Although he was recently convicted of charges stemming from a fatal drunk driving accident, the officer’s case demonstrated an unusual defense theory […]

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New Jersey bill proposes new penalties for crosswalk deaths

Cape May readers may be interested to learn about a bill headed for consideration by the New Jersey state senate that proponents say will help eliminate a disparity in punishment dependent upon the circumstances under which a driver causes the death of a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The bill would create an enhanced traffic violation […]

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