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

New Jersey Criminal Record Expungement Lawyer Helps You Keep Your Permanent Record Clean

A criminal arrest record and conviction stays on your record forever – unless you take action to get it removed. A criminal record can affect your ability to secure employment, your application for financial aid, your voting privileges, and your right to own a firearm. If you’ve paid your debt to society, you deserve a chance to move on with your life and not have to face the damage caused by a lifelong criminal record.

Thankfully, the State of New Jersey allows for most criminal records to be expunged. This means that the record of your arrest and conviction can be wiped clean. However, the criminal record expungement process is incredibly complex and often requires the assistance of qualified legal counsel.

The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty is a well-respected law firm headed by a criminal defense attorney who understands the nuances of expungement law in NJ. John Tumelty is a former prosecutor who now represents clients in municipal courts and superior courts throughout South Jersey, including Cape May and Atlantic counties. If you were arrested or convicted of a crime in Atlantic City or anywhere else in New Jersey, let Mr. Tumelty help you wipe your record clean.

How Can You Get Your Criminal Record Expunged?

The expungement process in New Jersey is extremely complicated. The first thing you should do is hire an experienced attorney to help you file an expungement petition with a superior court judge. The process takes a great deal of time and requires an excessive amount of paperwork. Your attorney will need to obtain a full criminal record abstract. Your attorney might also need to speak with police and law enforcement agencies in order to get the information needed for your expungement petition, which must be served to all appropriate agencies and departments. Additionally, if you miss even one filing deadline, you can lose the ability to have your criminal record expunged. Once you the file the petition, a hearing will be scheduled within 60 days.

Your eligibility for an expungement hearing depends on a number of factors:

  • Only NJ criminal records can be expunged in New Jersey. If your arrest or conviction occurred in a different state, you will need to seek an expungement in that state.
  • Since motor vehicle violations and DWI convictions are not considered criminal offenses in the State of New Jersey, they cannot be expunged.
  • The number of convictions on your record can affect your ability to seek an expungement. If you have been convicted of a felony-level offense or two disorderly persons offenses since the original incident, you will not be able to seek an expungement.
  • Certain crimes can never be expunged under any circumstances. These include homicide/murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, luring or enticing, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, human trafficking, endangering the welfare of a child (sexual conduct), selling or manufacturing child pornography and perjury.

Experienced Attorney Assists with the Process of Criminal Record Expungements in Atlantic and Cape May Counties

An experienced criminal defense attorney can get an arrest or conviction expunged from your permanent record and help you move forward with your life. Once your criminal record has been expunged, you will be legally allowed to respond to questions about your past by saying that you’ve never been arrested or convicted of a crime. This is particularly important on job applications.

John W. Tumelty has 30 years of experience as a defense attorney and a former prosecutor. He offers comprehensive assistance to clients who have been charged with criminal offenses in New Jersey. If you were arrested for a criminal offense or convicted of a crime, Mr. Tumelty is prepared to guide you through the expungement process so that you can emerge with a clean record. Call or email today to schedule a free consultation at one of Mr. Tumelty’s office locations in Marmora or Somers Point, New Jersey.

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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

Areas We Serve

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.