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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.
Everyone makes mistakes. Occasionally, these mistakes can land a person in a situation could have them facing criminal charges. The state of New Jersey, as with many other states, has diversionary programs in place that serve to help those who have committed a crime reconcile with their crime without necessarily having to endure court or prison time. The idea behind these programs is that a person can be reconditioned and kept from committing more crime without having to endure the same process as someone with a more extensive track of criminal activity. The state of New Jersey has three programs for first time offenders:
PTI is a diversionary program that applied to low-grade felonies of the third or fourth-degree. In the event that a PTI is successful, many costs tied to a formal court process are invalidated. Moreover, there is no record of conviction so as to spare the first-time offender of a tarnished record.
This program applied to disorderly drug offenses and misdemeanors. Like the PTI, the first-time offender can be spared a tarnished record and is targeted towards first-time offenders without previous substance convictions such as drug possession. Probation may be a component and can last anywhere from one to three years.
The newest of the three, this program is targeted to those who have a petty disorderly person’s offense. It involves one year of probation. If successfully completed, the first-time offender can be spared a tarnished record.
Everyone makes mistakes, and in some cases, these small mistakes could turn a person’s life upside down. Employment can be difficult to establish and opportunities in life dwindle. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges as a first time offender, speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight for you. Contact the law office of John W Tumelty today to schedule a consultation and discuss your rights and options as a first time offender. Call 609-390-4600 or use the online contact form.
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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.