John W. Tumelty Logo

Former prosecutor

Now fighting for you.

New Jersey Criminal Defense and DUI attorney
who knows how to navigate the local courts.

Watch our video

Former State Prosecutor and Criminal Trial Attorney

Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

View Criminal Defense ResultsView DWI Defense Results Free Consultation

Atlantic City Self-Defense Attorney Defending Clients in Atlantic & Cape May County

Self-Defense Law

If you have been charged with a violent crime because of something you did out of self-defense, it may be possible to successfully defend the charges against you or get them dismissed. The law of self-defense is complex, so you should talk to an experienced lawyer right away.

I am John W. Tumelty, an Atlantic City self-defense attorney representing clients throughout South Jersey who have been charged with assault and other violent crimes. To schedule a free consultation, contact me today. I have offices in Atlantic County and Cape May County.

Understanding How Self-Defense Works in Criminal Cases

In order to convict you of a crime, the prosecutors need to prove not only that you committed all of the elements of the crime but also that you have no valid defenses against the charges. Self-defense is a defense against violent criminal charges such as the following:

If you can prove that you reasonably believed you needed to use physical force in order to defend yourself, you cannot be convicted of a crime. However, you should be careful when asserting self-defense and always talk to a lawyer before making any statements to the police.

I have been practicing criminal law in New Jersey for more than 30 years and am a New Jersey Supreme Court certified criminal trial attorney. Don’t hesitate to call me at 609-390-4600 to discuss asserting self-defense and other possible options for fighting your charges.

Free Consultation

"*" indicates required fields