Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.390.4600

Former Prosecutor

Now Fighting for You

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

Minor in Possession of Alcohol in New Jersey

Minor in Possession of Alcohol in New Jersey

Sales of alcohol to minors as well as public possession of alcohol by minors are enforced by Minor in Possession laws also known as underaged drinking laws. The passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act (23 U.S.C.A. § 158) in 1984 required all states to raise the minimum drinking age to 21 years of… Continue Reading

New Jersey Controlled Substance and Drug Possession Laws

New Jersey Controlled Substance and Drug Possession Laws

Certain drugs and other materials that the federal government regulates are categorized as controlled substances. Many times possession or use of these drugs may not be illegal depending on the circumstances such as medical research or obtained through a legal prescription.  Although, if a substance or drug has absolutely no medical benefit, research purpose, or… Continue Reading

Inmate Court Appearances

Inmate Court Appearances

For someone who has already been accused of a crime and is in prison or jail already, you may be curious about appearing in court. It is not always easy for someone who has been convicted or being held in custody to know when they will next have to show up at a court hearing.… Continue Reading

New Jersey DWI Court Process

What to Expect During the Court Process for DUI

Whether this is your first DWI arrest or you have multiple drunk driving convictions on your record, the DWI court process can be a confusing and frightening experience. An experienced lawyer can guide you through each stage of your case and make sure that your rights are fully protected.

I am John W. Tumelty, a New Jersey DWI court process attorney with 30 years of criminal and traffic law experience, first as a prosecutor and now as a defense lawyer. I have been named a New Jersey Supreme Court-certified criminal trial attorney. I know how the court process works, and I know what it takes to successfully defend a DWI case and minimize DWI/DUI penalties.

If you have been charged with drinking and driving, contact my law firm to learn how I can help you. I have offices in Atlantic County and Cape May County.

Understanding the Court Process

A DWI case begins when a person is arrested and charged with a DWI offense and/or a refusal to take a breath test offense. The initial court appearance is listed on the actual tickets. The first court date is called an “arraignment.” At the arraignment, the judge will explain the charges and potential penalties. The judge will also explain that you have a right to an attorney and the right to remain silent. The judge will encourage you to get an attorney. Last, the judge will ask you to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Most people plead not guilty on the arraignment date.

The municipal court will generate a new court notice quickly. You will receive a notice of the final court date within a couple of weeks. A final court date will take place within 60 days of the arrest. As your DWI defense attorney, I will obtain a copy of the police report package as soon as possible. I will also provide you with a copy of the police report and discuss the contents thereof in detail with you, and then I will prepare for the final court date.

You will be required to appear in municipal court on the final court date. This court date is the time for your attorney to discuss any unresolved discovery issues and pending motions with the prosecutor and judge. If there are no outstanding discovery issues or pending motions, you will likely be required to plead guilty or proceed to trial on this court date.

Contact an Atlantic City DUI Lawyer

To learn more about the New Jersey DWI court process and how I can help protect your rights at each stage of your case, call me today at 609-390-4600 to schedule a free consultation.

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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.