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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Questions You Should Always Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

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Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs and driving drunk are among the most dangerous things a person could do. Because of this, the penalties related to either charge are both high and extensive. When determining whether a person is drunk, common sobriety tests are administered like breathalyzer tests and and more. But for drugged driving,…Continue Reading

When Can a Mistrial Occur?

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Atlantic City, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Helps Non-Violent Offenders Get into Drug Court


New Jersey has an alternative to jail program for people found guilty of drug charges. If the individual is considered a “non-violent offender,” drug court may be a way to avoid jail time and get on the fast track toward a fresh start with rehabilitation. Many believe drug court is a better option than severe punishment for those who want to change their behavior and their lives by getting clean avoiding illegal drug-related situations.

There are facts to support the benefits of drug court in towns such as Toms River, Mays Landing and Cape May. NJ statistics reveal that roughly one half of people get arrested again after serving jail time for a drug conviction. Only 16 percent of offenders who graduate from the drug court program re-offend.

The Law Offices of Attorney John W. Tumelty have over 30 years defending people in Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey of a wide variety of criminal charges. We know the drug laws in New Jersey and we know how to fight these charges for you. When a dismissal of charges isn’t possible, we focus on getting the most favorable outcome for our clients. The New Jersey drug court program is often an option that will protect your freedom and give you a chance to get on the right side of the law.

New Jersey Attorney Helps Clients With Drug Court Matters in Mays Landing, Cape May, Toms River and Across NJ

In 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed drug court legislation making the state’s drug court program eligible to more offenders, including those who have committed second-degree burglary and robbery. The same legislation also made the program mandatory for some offenders. Today, a judge in Atlantic City, NJ, for example, can impose the drug court program as a sentence. In the past, it was a voluntary program that defendants had to apply to get into.

The benefits of drug court for those facing criminal charges are numerous. The program can keep nonviolent offenders out of jail. If the person has a legitimate addiction, the program can also serve to address the addiction, improving the chance of recovery.

Mr. Tumelty has worked with many clients across New Jersey to determine if drug court is the right option for their unique situation. If drug court is the right option, Mr. Tumelty will work hard to convince a judge to order the program as a sentence in lieu of jail time and other harsh penalties.

Contact Defense Attorney John W. Tumelty to Learn More about NJ Drug Court Can Help You

When you are facing drug charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. John W. Tumelty has spent most of his life defending clients in Cape May and Atlantic counties against a wide variety of criminal charges, including illegal prescription drugs, marijuana charges and any other simple possession charges involving drugs. Talk to him for free about your charges. If NJ drug court is an option for you, he will do his best to help you avoid jail time and get you into the program that can make a big difference for you and your family.

Mr. Tumelty will talk with you by phone or meet with you in one of his three conveniently located South Jersey offices in Atlantic City, Marmora and Somers Point. To schedule a free initial consultation call us toll free at 609-345-3300 or fill out our confidential online contact form.

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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.