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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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When Should You Call an Attorney?


Knowing when and when not to call an attorney is very important, as there are many times when you may not need an attorney’s assistance. The reasons for not wanting an attorney can vary, but many times it just means that there won’t be enough justice to make the case worth it; in these cases, you could take that time and effort that you put into preparing your case for court and put it into something constructive, like protecting yourself from future harm. These are typically smaller cases without much evidence though, where perhaps someone took something of little value from your home, and there was no way to prove the theft. There are a lot of other times, however, that seeking out an attorney could be your best decision yet.

Accused of a crime – If there is ever a time when you may be thrown in jail for a crime that you did or did not commit, then your first action should be to call a lawyer. Whether this be for a first DUI offense, or any accusation of criminal behavior like simple assault, identity theft, theft and property crimes, drug charges, etc. In these cases, you should go straight to a lawyer.

Substantial Injuries – Whether you have caused these injuries due to drunk driving, or have been in some other kind of accident where you have experienced the injuries yourself, then you should contact a lawyer right away. This may include any circumstance where your child is hurt on someone else’s property, a slip and fall in a grocery store, a dog bite, or any other circumstance where the reckless acts of another have caused you to suffer serious injuries; the possibilities are endless. These are prime examples of appropriate times to contact a lawyer.

Death – Any time a loved one passes away, whether it is someone else’s fault, or even of seemingly natural causes, an attorney should be called to review the specifics of the case. If the death was caused by someone else’s negligence, for instance, if there was medical malpractice involved, then an experienced attorney can help you to fight for the compensation that you and your family deserve.

Don’t call if – the matter you’re fighting for is simply to prove a point. If you know that you aren’t going to be compensated for your time and efforts pursuing the case, or if the circumstances are low that you will see any justice from the courts, then calling an attorney may not be in your best interests. Especially if you know that you are going to be very upset when the bill comes in for such a small matter that may have been better off settled by pursuing a different course of action.

Now that you know when and when not to contact a lawyer, if you still feel that your case warrants the assistance of an attorney, then make sure to contact someone that is well-trusted. At John Tumetly Law, Mr. Tumelty is a sole practitioner and personally handles every case that comes into his office. He will personally be by your side during the entire case working toward an expeditious and favorable resolution for you. For a free consultation, you can call Mr. Tumelty’s office toll-free at 609-390-4600 or send him an e-mail via his online contact form.


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