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

What Qualifies as An Arrest?

What Qualifies as An Arrest?

Understanding whether or not a police officer has placed you under arrest is critically important for identifying your rights. Anyone accused of a crime still maintains basic rights that cannot be violated by an officer, even when that officer suspects that that person is guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony. Continue Reading

Refusing a Breath Test During a DWI Traffic Stop

What Happens if You Fail to Provide a Breath Sample

If the police have accused you of refusing to blow into the Alcotest machine during or after a DWI traffic stop, you may end up getting charged with breath test refusal, a traffic offense that can result in license suspension and other serious penalties.

I am John W. Tumelty, an experienced Jersey Shore breath test refusal attorney. If you have been accused of failing to provide a breath sample, don’t hesitate to contact my law firm to discuss how I can help you fight the charges. I represent clients in Atlantic City, Ocean City, Cape May and the surrounding areas.

Understanding New Jersey’s Breath Test Laws

Under New Jersey’s law of implied consent, anyone who drives on a public road of New Jersey has automatically agreed to take a breath test if asked to do so. Breath test refusal (Alcotest refusal) is considered a traffic offense, and you can be convicted of it even if you are not charged with DWI.

Before the police can charge you with breath test refusal, they must have probable cause to arrest you for DWI. They must inform you that you are required to take the test and that failure to do so is an offense with serious penalties.

These penalties include mandatory driver’s license suspension for at least three months for a first offense, two years for a second offense and 10 years for a third offense. You could also be facing fines and other serious penalties if you are convicted of breath test refusal.

Carefully Investigating the Facts of Your Case

While some people say no to the breath test, others try to fool the machine by pretending to blow into it. This can also be the basis for a breath test refusal charge. However, some people have medical conditions that legitimately prevent them for providing adequate breath samples. This may be a good defense to a refusal charge.

Additionally, the traffic stop itself may be challenged if the police officer did not have good reason to pull you over.

If you hire me to defend you against breath test refusal charges, I will fully investigate all defenses you may have.  Call me today at 609-390-4600 to discuss your options for potentially avoiding or reducing the consequences of breath test refusal.

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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.