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Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

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Experienced for over 30 years

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DWI Defense and Prosecution Methods

Understanding DWI Defense in South Jersey

Going into defending your case against a DWI charge, it is important to gain an understanding of the basics of DWI defense and prosecution methods. For the best opportunity of success, working with a highly skilled, thoroughly experienced lawyer who has in-depth knowledge of and perspective from both sides of DWI cases is your best option.

I am John W. Tumelty. I have been handling criminal and traffic law cases throughout New Jersey for 30 years. As a former state prosecutor with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and former assistant county prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, my experience and resources are your assets in DWI defense.

Well-Prepared and Aggressive DWI Defense in Atlantic City

State and county prosecutors often assume guilt before negotiations have even begun. Prosecutors are striving for convictions and significant sentences. I work aggressively to protect your rights, your driver’s license and your freedom.

Every piece of the state’s evidence can be challenged. Your particular situation determines the customized defense I will craft for your case. You deserve vigorous defense of your rights, your freedom and your driver’s license. If necessary, I can obtain assistance from expert forensic, law enforcement and medical witnesses to challenge the evidence against you.

Please see my brief review of some common defenses that can benefit your case:

  • The probable cause to pull your vehicle over can be challenged by an experienced attorney.
  • Field sobriety tests are not foolproof. Full evaluation of footage of these tests by an informed attorney who knows what errors to look for can provide your case with several points to challenge.
  • Improper and incomplete readings of your Miranda rights to you along with an 11-paragraph standard statement informing you of the New Jersey implied consent statute requiring you to take the Alcotest (breath test) can be grounds for reduced sentencing or dismissal of test results in your case.
  • DWI charges for drugs are extremely subjective.
    • The problems with the battery of tests administered by drug recognition expert (DRE) police officers are numerous. Positive results are not necessarily evidence of illicit drug impairment, and the presence of a narcotic or marijuana in your blood or urine test is far from proof that the drug was affecting you at the time of arrest.
    • Breathalyzer or Alcotest evidence can be challenged. It is possible for an experienced DWI attorney to challenge the admissibility and reliability of a breath test reading.
    • Blood Test Evidence can be challenged, including the prosecutor’s ability to use such evidence in trial.

Contact a Thorough South Jersey DUI Attorney Today

Call me today at 609-390-4600 to discuss your case or to schedule a free initial consultation.

I can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I have offices in Atlantic and Cape May counties, and I accept Visa and MasterCard for payment of attorney’s fees.

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