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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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Ocean City NJ Marijuana Charges Dismissed

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Attorney John W. Tumelty recently had Ocean City drug (marijuana) charges dismissed in Ocean City Municipal Court, Cape May County, New Jersey, resulting from an illegal car search. An Ocean City, NJ Police officer stopped his client’s car for a motor vehicle violation. The officer pulled the car over and approached the client requesting his credentials. The officer observed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the car. He called for back-up officers for assistance. The officers ordered the client out of the car. The officers immediately began searching the car and seized a brown bag on the rear floor. They opened the bag and found clear plastic bags with marijuana.

Attorney Tumelty filed a motion to suppress the evidence challenging the officer’s right to search the car. The police may not search a car without a warrant or exigent circumstances. The illegal search led to a dismissal of the marijuana charges. The client avoided a criminal record for marijuana possession and a loss of driver’s license.

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