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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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SEA ISLE CITY NJ DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES DISMISSED

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This is a recent Sea Isle City drug possession case where I was successful in getting the evidence of marijuana and drug paraphernalia suppressed and the charges were dismissed. I represented a young man charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia (a pipe) that resulted from the Sea Isle City police entering and searching his house without a search warrant.

The Sea Isle City Police responded to my client’s house on a domestic violence call. The police knocked on the door, entered the house and addressed the domestic violence situation. The police were advised that my client had marijuana in the master bedroom. The police searched the master bedroom and found a small quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia.

I filed a motion to suppress the evidence challenging the legality of the warrantless search and seizure of the marijuana and paraphernalia. After a full hearing the municipal court judge ruled that the Sea Isle City Police conducted an illegal search of the master bedroom and all evidence was suppressed. This means the evidence was thrown out.

The drug charges were dismissed because the evidence was suppressed. My client avoided a criminal record and continues to enjoy an unblemished name and reputation.

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