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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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

Atlantic City, NJ Drug Distribution Defense Attorney Will Fight Your Drug Charges


Drug distribution charges are prosecuted far more aggressively in New Jersey than are drug possession cases. Prosecutors in Atlantic and Cape May counties have heard the message from the NJ State Attorney General’s Office loud and clear; there is a focused directive to crack down on drug distributors, manufacturers, and traffickers.

Further, when it comes to the amount of drugs involved, size doesn’t really matter to lawmakers. Getting caught with even a small amount of drugs can incur severe penalties if police believe you were attempting to distribute them. Although most people think that drug distribution is only committed by drug dealers, New Jersey drug laws are extremely broad and can be applied to any exchange of drugs. Drug distribution technically occurs anytime a drug exchange takes place. Even if no money changed hands, you can be charged with drug distribution under NJ law.

John W. Tumelty is the founding partner of the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty. He has been practicing law for more than 30 years in NJ. A New Jersey Supreme Court certified criminal trial attorney, he is among the less than two percent of all NJ attorneys who have earned this distinction. Additionally, Mr. Tumelty is a former state prosecutor who served as a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, as well as a former assistant county prosecutor who served with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Trial Section. He puts his extensive experience as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney to use every day when he handles drug charges throughout Cape May County and Atlantic County

What Are the Penalties for Drug Distribution, Possession with Intent, and Drug Manufacturing in New Jersey?

Drug distribution, possession with intent to sell, and manufacturing tend to overlap in the eyes of New Jersey law enforcement. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 explicitly prohibits the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). The penalties for intent to distribute and actual distribution are identical, so the offenses are functionally the same.

The drug distribution law imposes severe penalties on offenders, but those penalties vary depending upon the type and amount of drug. For example, a conviction for distribution of less than ounce of marijuana can result in a sentence of 18 months in NJ State Prison and a fine of $10,000. In the most extreme cases involving a high volume of illegal drugs, violators of the law can be charged with first degree distribution and sentenced to as many as 20 years in NJ State Prison and fined up to $500,000. There might also be minimum parole ineligibility periods. Additionally, enhanced penalties may apply if the offender has a previous drug conviction or if the drug distribution occurred in a protected area such as a school zone or public park.

An experienced attorney can help you explore alternatives to prison, including probationary terms, downgraded sentences, and alternative sentencing programs such as drug court or conditional discharge. If you are eligible for one of these diversionary programs, you may be able to petition to have your drug distribution charge diverted. Upon successful completion of the program, the charge against you would be dismissed.

Prosecutors often set their sights on people charged with any kind of drug distribution offense. Whether you’ve been accused of distributing illegal prescription medications, manufacturing marijuana, “cutting” heroin for street distribution, or possession with intent to distribute cocaine, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced drug crimes defense attorney immediately. Having a drug crime conviction on your permanent record can destroy your reputation and make it difficult to obtain or retain a good job in the future.

Call John W. Tumelty Today to Speak with a Former State Prosecutor with Insider’s Knowledge of New Jersey Drug Distribution Cases

John W. Tumelty is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will fight to ensure that your legal rights are protected every step of the way. He represents clients facing drug distribution and possession charges in Cape May and Atlantic counties. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law in this area because he devotes my entire legal practice to representing people who’ve been charged with criminal offenses and DWI violations. Mr. Tumelty is prepared to attack the prosecution’s case and do everything within my power to help you beat the charges.

Call his offices day or night, or use the online contact form to schedule an appointment. With conveniently located offices in Marmora and Somers Point, Mr. Tumelty is always available for an in-person consultation to discuss your case.

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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.