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

Stages of a DWI Case

I, John W. Tumelty, will guide you through each stage of your DWI case. I am an Atlantic City DWI defense lawyer with 30 years of experience in New Jersey criminal and traffic law. My background 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 creates advantages for your case inside and outside the courtroom.

Contact me immediately if you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI. I am ready to work diligently on your DWI defense.

Stages of a DWI Case: Arrest to Trial

Arrest:

Police officers attempt to establish probable cause at many points during a traffic stop. Through evaluation of your actions under questioning at your car window and performance of the field sobriety test, probable cause must be established before an officer can arrest you or conduct a breath test.

Interview at the police station:

An officer should read your Miranda rights and the full implied consent law to you while you are in police custody. Police questions will include inquiries about the timing of your drinking, amount consumed, your whereabouts, where you were driving to, etc. You may refuse to answer questions pertaining to alcohol or drug consumption. You have a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. You must, however, submit to taking the Alcotest, which is a breath test that will measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you refuse to take the breath test, you will be charged with breath test refusal.

Arraignment, discovery and trial:

Your arraignment is your first court date, listed on your DWI ticket. Here, you will be told that you have the right to attorney representation, and the judge will explain the charges and potential penalties you face. The judge will ask you to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty as the last order of business at the arraignment. It is advisable that you plead not guilty in order to have opportunity to defend yourself against the charges and seek attorney representation.

Your second court date will be in four to eight weeks. I can explain the DWI court process and help you understand your options.

Contact My South Jersey Office Today

Call me today at 609-390-4600 to discuss your case or schedule a free initial consultation to go over your charges. I provide thorough case preparation and aggressive challenges to the state’s evidence against you.

Call me now. I can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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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.