Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

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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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Cyberbullying Laws in New Jersey

As technology evolves, so do outlets for abusive, ugly behavior. It follows that the latest cause for concern around the country is the age of cyberbullying. Unlike physical bullying, cyberbullying often involves psychological harassment that can scar a person on the receiving end for years. Cyberbullying using an electronic format to make threats to cause…Continue Reading

How Social Media Can Potentially Hurt Your Case

Social media has brought about a new age in staying connected to loved ones all around the world. However, unless the right privacy settings are in place, a user’s information is all public knowledge and just a few clicks away. Because this information is public, some of the information found on social media could be…Continue Reading

What Happens if You Aren’t Read Your Rights When Arrested?

An arrest can be a chaotic situation. But no matter how busy or convoluted it can get, law enforcement has guidelines they need to follow. Among those guidelines are reading a person their rights. There is a common misconception that says if a person isn’t read their rights, their entire case gets thrown out or…Continue Reading

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Helps You Fight Disorderly Conduct Charges in South Jersey

Jersey Shore towns are hotbeds of activity and sites for a lot of rowdy parties during the summer. As a result, many college students as well as adults just wanting to have a good time end up behind bars, charged with disorderly conduct. If you are facing disorderly conduct charges regardless of the NJ location or the reason for the altercation, you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer who will explain your rights and act quickly to protect your interests.

John Tumelty, founding partner of the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, is a former state prosecutor and a former Atlantic County prosecutor with 30 years of criminal defense law experience. Mr. Tumelty’s credentials as an Atlantic City criminal attorney are impressive. He is a New Jersey Supreme Court certified criminal trial attorney, one of a handful of all NJ attorneys to have earned this distinction. Additionally, Mr. Tumelty has local experience in Atlantic County and Cape May courtrooms, which means that he has probably dealt with the prosecutor and the judge in the municipal court where you have to appear to fight your charges.

What Are the Consequences of a Disorderly Conduct Conviction in NJ?

It might be hard to believe, but even excessively loud language can result in the filing of criminal charges against you. N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3 governs disorderly conduct offenses in New Jersey. In other states, these kinds of offenses are governed by “disturbing the peace” statutes. The NJ statute prohibits behavior in public places that people might find disturbing. There are two kinds of disorderly conduct that NJ law addresses:

  • Improper behavior: The law prohibits actions that create a risk to public safety or that constitute a public annoyance. “Improper behavior” refers to any actions that cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm. Additionally, a person who acts recklessly or who creates a physically dangerous condition can be charged with disorderly conduct.
  • Offensive speech: The use of offensive language in public is also prohibited under the statute. The statute prohibits unreasonably loud or offensive language in a public setting.

New Jersey law enforcement often relies on disorderly conduct as a sort of catch-all law that applies to any disruptive or alarming behavior in public. In fact, the police tend to use the disorderly conduct statute as a tool to control unruly individuals. Additionally, NJ prosecutors won’t hesitate to impose harsh punishments in disorderly conduct cases because public policy dictates that people have a right to feel safe and comfortable when walking the streets.

Since disorderly conduct is classified as a disorderly persons offense, offenders are subject to a sentence of up to six months in county jail. Additionally, disorderly conduct charges are often attached to other charges, such as resisting arrest, simple assault, and criminal trespass.

Let a Former Prosecutor Defend You Against Disorderly Conduct Charges in Atlantic City, New Jersey

If you’ve been arrested for disorderly conduct in New Jersey, you need a qualified local attorney to take care of your case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer like John W. Tumelty can potentially get a disorderly conduct charge downgraded to a municipal ordinance violation. In some cases, it may even be possible to get the charges dismissed entirely.

Call or email Mr. Tumelty today to schedule a free consultation at one of his office locations in Atlantic County and Cape May County.

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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.