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

Other areas we serve

The Difference Between Jail and Prison

Jail and prison are two separate entities that are often mixed up. The difference between jail and prison is mostly the length of stay for inmates. Jail is more for a short-term sentence, while prison is for those with a long-term sentence. When thinking about it, though, prison seems like the more intense of the two, does it…Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Recorded Phone Calls in Jail

What You Need to Know About Recorded Phone Calls in Jail

Being in jail means a lot of your rights are seemingly stripped from you, but there are still a lot of rights you have that, if broken by jail workers, could work out really well in your favor. One of these rights is the use of the phone, and what can and can’t be recorded…Continue Reading

Learn More About Early Termination of Probation

Learn More About Early Termination of Probation

  Early probation is something many people facing jail time seek. Some believe that it can be tough to get early probation, but if done right, it may not be as difficult as you might think. Specific to New Jersey law, there are a few different ways you might be able to get early probation if…Continue Reading

Attorney Fighting Drug Distribution and Possession of CDS in School Zone Charges in Atlantic City and Across New Jersey


If you’ve been charged with possession of, or an intent to distribute, a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) within 1,000 feet of a school, it is imperative that you contact an attorney skilled in defending drug charges immediately. There is absolutely no substitute for experience in this area. The laws are complex and constantly evolving. At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, we have over 30 years of experience in criminal law in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Brigantine, Margate, Ventnor, Longport, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township , Middle Township, and throughout New Jersey. Call today for a free consultation.New Jersey is tough on drug charges in general but, when you are found in possession of drugs within a school zone, the penalties are even more severe. Being within 1,000 feet of a school creates a separate offense, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7. This added offense greatly increases jail time and can even make you ineligible for parole.

What are the Most Common Drug Charges in Atlantic City & Cape May, NJ

There is a serious and growing drug problem in New Jersey, especially when it comes to heroin. If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs and you get charged with possession, you are facing serious penalties. Your freedom is literally at stake. Contact Mr. Tumelty right away if you are facing charges regarding possession within a school zone of any of the following substances:

John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor who not only knows NJ drug laws and the ramifications of all charges, but he also knows how the other side thinks when they are prosecuting a defendant. His extensive criminal law background has given him the knowledge and experience to successfully defend clients in even the most difficult drug crime cases. Don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong legal representation. Even a simple possession charge can negatively impact the rest of your life, making it difficult to get a job or find housing for many years. If your Constitutional rights were violated during the arrest, evidence obtained during the arrest can be thrown out. If that is not the case, Mr. Tumelty will use his knowledge and experience to fight aggressively for the best possible outcome. He may be able to have your case heard in drug court or get you involved in Pre-Trial Intervention.

Lawyer Fighting School Zone Charges in NJ’s Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean Counties

In order to qualify as a school zone conviction, the prosecution must prove that the act occurred within 1,000 feet of a school zone and that the area is regularly used for school purposes. Whether or not the accused knew that the area was a school zone is irrelevant. The law provides that the accused does not have to possess the knowledge that the CDS was being sold in a prohibited school zone. This is referred to as a strict liability statute and it imposes criminal liability even with a lack of intent. Further, if you were caught with possession of drugs in a motor vehicle either in or outside of school zone, you will be facing additional charges.

However, the severity of penalties is not entirely set in stone. For example, a school zone conviction carries a minimum term in prison, but if the defendant has no prior history and children were not present at the time of the conduct, the minimum term may be waived. If, however, the defendant was in possession of a firearm or threatened violence at the time of the conduct, the judge will have no ability to waive the mandatory jail term.

These are just two examples of the many variables involved within a school zone conviction. Only an attorney who is well-versed in this particular area will be able to effectively defend your rights and get you the most favorable outcome. John W. Tumelty has successfully defended countless drug crime charges, and he can do the same for you.

Possessing or distributing CDS within a school zone is considered separate from all other drug-related offenses, and you will most likely face two charges. For example, you will receive one charge for distribution and one charge for distribution in a school zone. This will increase your fines and jail time and may subject you to parole ineligibility. Distribution within a school zone is typically a third degree crime.

Contact the New Jersey Law Offices of JoHN W. Tumelty if You Have Been Charged with Distribution or Possession of CDS in a School Zone

At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, we have experience in even the most difficult drug crime cases. Our experience, understanding and knowledge have allowed us to successfully defend clients in all types of criminal cases for over 30 years. If you or someone you love has received any type of drug charges, contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation. He has three offices to serve clients in Atlantic City, Marmora and Somers Point, NJ. Please call our office at 609-345-3300 or fill out this confidential contact form to request your free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

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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.