Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.345.3300

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

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Questions You Should Always Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

Hiring a criminal defense attorney to handle your case can be a daunting task. It takes time, research and an ample amount of effort to find a fitting attorney who could handle your case. But once you’ve narrowed down your search, it is important to meet your prospective attorneys and ask a few very important…Continue Reading

Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs and driving drunk are among the most dangerous things a person could do. Because of this, the penalties related to either charge are both high and extensive. When determining whether a person is drunk, common sobriety tests are administered like breathalyzer tests and and more. But for drugged driving,…Continue Reading

When Can a Mistrial Occur?

According to the United States Constitution, any person who faces criminal charges has a right to a trial by jury. This is one of the many inalienable rights people have as American citizens. A criminal conviction can only occur if a jury finds the defendant guilty and issues the verdict. If a jury is not…Continue Reading

Atlantic City, NJ Casino Theft Lawyer Fights Your Criminal Charges and Keeps You Out of Jail

Casino theft in Atlantic City is a very serious offense that can result in significant penalties, ranging from a few nights in county jail to several years in state prison. Often, when casino staff has reason to believe you have committed theft, they will act quickly to contact the police and have you charged with casino theft.

Criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty deals with casino crimes every day. He knows all too well that casino theft charges often stem from a misunderstanding or overzealous casino employee. He knows, too, that scams run rampant in casinos and that your charges may be the result of you being a victim of someone’s scam. Mr. Tumelty focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense and DWI defense. As a former state prosecutor and a former Atlantic County prosecutor, Mr. Tumelty gained invaluable prosecutorial experience that he now uses to assist criminal defendants throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic and Cape May counties.

What is Considered “Casino Theft” in New Jersey?

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3 governs theft charges in New Jersey, including casino theft. The statute applies to the theft of both movable property and immovable property. The temporary or permanent deprivation of money that does not belong to you can constitute theft of movable property. When it comes to casino theft, the most common offenses include:

  • Token or chip theft
  • Swindling and cheating
  • Past posting
  • Writing bad checks or markers
  • Using counterfeit coins or tokens
  • Dealer-player conspiracy
  • Money laundering

If you are caught stealing from a casino, it is likely that the casino will report your activity to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. If you are later charged with casino theft, you face serious penalties:

  • Theft of less than $200 in casino chips, checks, or markers is classified as a disorderly persons offense. A conviction can result in a sentence of up to six months in county jail.
  • Theft of between $200 and $500 in casino chips, checks, or markers is a fourth degree felony, with an offender facing a possible punishment of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
  • If you are accused of stealing between $500 and $75,000 in casino chips, checks, or markers, you face third degree casino theft charges and a possible punishment of between three and five years in NJ State Prison.
  • Theft of more than $75,000 can result in second degree felony charges and a sentence of between five and 10 years in state prison.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Provides Casino Theft Defense in Atlantic County

If you or a loved one has been charged with casino theft in New Jersey, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you. A knowledgeable attorney like Mr. Tumelty may be able to get your theft charges downgraded to a municipal ordinance violation. Alternatively, he may be able to get your case diverted into a Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. If this happens, you can potentially avoid jail by completing the program requirements, such as community service and maintaining a clean record.

Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today to schedule a free consultation about your casino theft case. Mr. Tumelty will be happy to take the time to listen to your story and answer any questions you might have. You can call 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. You can even arrange to come into one of the firm’s conveniently located offices.

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Atlantic County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1 S. NEW YORK AVENUE, SUITE 212
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

609.345.3300

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1616 PACIFIC AVENUE, SUITE 318
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

609.385.4010

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1555 ZION ROAD, SUITE 203
NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225

609.435.1435

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
539 SOUTH SHORE ROAD
MARMORA, NJ 08223

609.390.4600

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
3318 SIMPSON AVENUE
OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

609.385.4221

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

609.277.2786

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Atlantic County Offices

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
539 SOUTH SHORE ROAD
MARMORA, NJ 08223

609.390.4600 Get Directions

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
3318 SIMPSON AVENUE
OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

609.385.4221 Get Directions

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

609.277.2786 Get Directions

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.