Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.345.3300

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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.

Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for Over 30 years

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Atlantic City, NJ Lawyer Fights Criminal Trespass Charges in Atlantic and Ocean Counties


Getting charged with criminal trespassing may not seem like a big deal, but a criminal record is always a big deal. It can hurt, or even ruin, your chances of getting a job or housing for many years. If you’ve been charged with criminal trespassing, you should seek skilled legal representation without delay. Criminal trespassing can mean fines and jail time, but it doesn’t have to. Work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your freedom and your reputation.

There are three basic types of criminal trespassing. These are:

When you enter a building, whether it’s a public or private commercial building or home residence, without legal authority to be there, it’s considered unlicensed entry into a structure.  An example of this might be trying to get into your kid’s school after hours or going into a neighbor’s house unannounced. You may not be looking to do anything nefarious, perhaps you were just trying to get a book out of your son’s locker. However, it’s still against the law. While this is typically a disorderly persons offense, it can become a fourth degree crime depending on the type of structure you are entering.

We’ve all seen “no trespassing signs before.” Simply put, when you enter a building or area despite clearly-posted signage, you may be charged with defiant trespassing is when you enter or remain in a place to which notice against trespass is given. For example, climbing over a fence marked “No Trespassing” would be defiant trespassing. This is a disorderly persons offense.

You may think “peeping toms” only exist in the movies — not true. Peering into a dwelling is a crime of the fourth degree. This refers to peering (or looking) into an overnight dwelling of another person with the intent to invade their privacy.

If you are convicted of any criminal trespassing charge in a casino or anywhere else, you will have a criminal record, and likely pay in the form of hefty fines and jail time. This is not a situation you should take lightly, nor should you hire an inexperienced attorney. Attorney John W. Tumelty has over 30 years of experience successfully defending all types of criminal cases, from traffic violations to assault and murder. He understands the laws and how to keep people out of jail.

Attorney Works Hard to Get Your Criminal Trespassing Charges Dismissed in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean Counties

Depending on the nature of your criminal trespassing charge, there are many different strategies of defense. Some of the most common defenses against criminal trespassing charges include:

  • You reasonably believed you had a right to be there
  • The place was open to the public
  • The property was abandoned, or you believed it to be abandoned

Criminal trespassing of a dwelling often involves disputes between neighbors or domestic violence cases which culminate in a restraining order. If the restraining order prohibits you from being on someone’s property, your presence there could result in a charge of criminal trespassing. Since these cases often involve close, personal relationships, they can get ugly very fast. Even when it’s impossible to get the case dismissed, a skilled attorney can often negotiate charges down from a fourth degree crime to a disorderly persons offense.

In Atlantic City specifically, criminal trespassing in a casino is actually a very common charge. For example, if you were accused of committing a crime or you were so drunk you were asked to leave the casino, you may have been barred from re-entry. This stipulation may also apply to other casinos owned by the same company. If you go back to the casino after you were asked to leave, you may get charged with criminal trespass.

Criminal Trespassing Charges Can Be Serious. Contact an Experienced NJ criminal defense Attorney Today

If you’ve been charged with trespassing, in any form, it is very important to hire a skilled lawyer right away. These cases can escalate quickly. Contact the offices of Attorney John W. Tumelty to schedule a free consultation in Cape May, Wildwood, Brigantine, Margate, Ventnor, Longport, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township and throughout New Jersey. He has offices in Marmora, Somers Point and Atlantic City, NJ.

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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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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.