Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

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609.390.4600

Former Prosecutor

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

RECENT DWI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE RESULTS

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.

Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for Over 30 Years

Criminal Indictment

You may have seen the word “indictment” a time or two before. You might have seen it as part of a front-page newspaper headline or on the local news, but do you actually know what an indictment is or what it means? Indictments Used for Federal Crimes An indictment is basically a formal accusation of… Continue Reading

Criminal Assault

A general definition for criminal assault is an act that threatens someone with physical harm. The word “threatens” is important because it highlights that physical harm does not need to result for it to be considered criminal assault. Now, criminal assault specifics can vary a bit from state to state, so a local criminal defense… Continue Reading

Basics of Criminal Law

Many who feel educated on criminal defense really only know what they have seen on television or in movies. And while television and movies do a good job of getting the story across, they do not touch on everything that would happen in a real life case. If you have been arrested and are facing… Continue Reading

Charged With Possession of A Weapon for Unlawful Purpose? – Atlantic & Cape May County Criminal Defense


Possession of a weapon (gun) for unlawful purposes under N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-4 is defined:

Any person who has in his possession a firearm with a purpose to use it unlawfully against a person or property of another is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

A common fact pattern is when the police stop a motor vehicle, with several occupants, for a traffic offense. The police ultimately conduct a search of the vehicle and find a gun or other weapon inside. The weapon was concealed in the glove box, console, under the seat, etc. The police charge everyone in the car with a weapons offense. You were unaware that the weapon was in the car. You did not, therefore, have any intention of possessing or controlling the weapon. Lack of knowledge about the weapon is a complete defense to a weapons charge.

If you are charged with possession of a handgun, or other weapon, for an unlawful purpose, you need to contact a local and experienced criminal defense lawyer. Attorney John W. Tumelty is an Atlantic City gun and weapons offense attorney with over 30 years of criminal law experience. Mr. Tumelty is a former state prosecutor and former Atlantic County prosecutor.

Contact me today at 609-390-4600 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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Office Locations

THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
539 S Shore Rd
Marmora, NJ 08223
609.390.4600
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
3318 Simpson Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609.385.4221
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
100 E Rio Grande Ave
Wildwood, NJ 08260
609.277.2786
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
822 Shore Rd
Somers Point, NJ 08244
609.277.2786

Areas We Serve

Office Locations

THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
539 S Shore Rd
Marmora, NJ 08223
609.390.4600
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
3318 Simpson Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609.385.4221
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
100 E Rio Grande Ave
Wildwood, NJ 08260
609.277.2786
THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN W. TUMELTY
822 Shore Rd
Somers Point, NJ 08244
609.277.2786

Seasoned criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has three conveniently located offices in Atlantic City, Somers Point and Marmora, NJ. He serves clients in Atlantic, Ocean, Gloucester and Cape May counties and the Jersey Shore, including: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May, Dennis Township, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Linwood, Lower Township, Margate, Middle Township, Northfield, Ocean City, Pleasantville, Sea Isle City, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Upper Township, Ventnor and Wildwood.