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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Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving

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When Can a Mistrial Occur?

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Atlantic City, NJ Domestic Violence Attorney Defends Clients against Criminal Charges and Restraining Orders


Domestic violence crimes are a special category of criminal offenses that are defined, in part, by the relationship between the parties involved. When the police are called to a residence in response to a report of domestic violence, at least one of the parties is almost always arrested. If the party taken into custody is charged with a domestic violence offense, they will likely face severe criminal penalties as well as a restraining order.

Certainly, domestic violence is a tragedy for all parties involved. However, if you are the one arrested, you must act quickly. Do not let a mistake during a disagreement with your significant other change your life forever. Let skilled criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty help you get through this matter by protecting your reputation and freedom.

What Are the Potential Penalties for a Domestic Violence Offense in New Jersey?

Mr. Tumelty helps clients deal with a variety of domestic violence charges, including:

  • Domestic assault: Depending on the specific circumstances of the domestic violence incident, a person accused of domestic assault may face felony charges of aggravated assault.
  • Stalking: Conduct that causes a person to fear for their safety can result in fourth degree stalking charges, which are punishable by up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
  • Criminal contempt: A person who violates a court order prohibiting contact with a particular individual can be charged with third degree stalking and face up to five years in state prison.

If you’ve been charged with a domestic violence crime, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney with the experience to protect your interests. John W. Tumelty is the founding partner of the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, a firm with a rich tradition of defending clients against criminal charges. Mr. Tumelty is a seasoned criminal defense attorney who previously served as a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice and as an assistant county prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Tumelty uses his invaluable experience as a prosecutor to evaluate his clients’ cases from multiple perspectives and prepare for battle in the courtroom.

Restraining Order Proceedings Are Separate from Criminal Charges

Mr. Tumelty has successfully represented numerous clients at criminal proceedings and restraining order hearings throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic County and Cape May County. He has represented countless clients at Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) hearings and Final Restraining Order (FRO) hearings. Restraining orders are dealt with in superior or municipal court, but the hearings take place separately from any criminal proceedings in your case. That’s why it is important for you to have the assistance of an attorney who is familiar with both forums.

As set forth by the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991, a victim may seek a restraining order against their spouse or significant other when a predicate act of domestic violence has been committed. The basis for a restraining order being filed against you can include an accusation of assault, terroristic threats, stalking, harassment, criminal restraint, kidnapping, or false imprisonment, as well as other serious criminal offenses.

As you can see, the consequences of a domestic violence charge in New Jersey are far-reaching and long-lasting. Whether you made a one-time mistake or you have been falsely accused of a domestic violence incident, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.

Speak with a Knowledgeable Domestic Violence Lawyer Who Represents Clients in Cape May and Atlantic Counties

If you have been charged with a domestic violence offense, you could be looking at serious prison time, as well as a restraining order. A restraining order may very well limit your access to your own home and children. In these kinds of cases, it is crucial for you to speak with an attorney who has experience handling both criminal charges and restraining order matters.

Mr. Tumelty knows how to combat domestic violence charges and contest restraining orders by challenging the evidence in both proceedings. His goal is always to get both the criminal charges and the restraining order dismissed. Call Mr. Tumelty anytime to discuss your case, or email him to schedule a free consultation at his Marmora or Somers Point offices. Mr. Tumelty will be happy to sit down with you at his office and help you better understand your legal rights and options.

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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.