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

Skilled Atlantic City, NJ Lawyer Defends You against Heroin Possession and Distribution Charges


As heroin abuse continues to grow in the New Jersey suburbs, law enforcement is doing everything in its power to eradicate this dangerous drug from the state. In doing so, even “small time” dealers or users are getting swept up in the chaos. Heroin possession or distribution charges are extremely serious, and facing these charges with inexperienced legal representation may have dire consequences. New Jersey is tough on crime, and increasingly tough on drug charges involving narcotics, especially heroin and cocaine.

If you or someone you know is facing drug charges in Atlantic or Cape May counties in New Jersey, including possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, intent to distribute or any related charges, contact a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who knows the laws and will fight tirelessly on your behalf. John W. Tumelty knows that prison is rarely the right place for someone with a drug problem. Rehabilitation is more likely the answer. If he is unable to get your charges dismissed or downgraded, Mr. Tumelty may be able to get you into an alternative sentencing program such as Pre-Trial Intervention.

Attorney Fights Your Heroin Drug Charges in Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and Works Tirelessly to Keep You Out of Jail

New Jersey court dockets are stacked with drug charge cases. To the court, you are a number on a case file. To Mr. Tumelty, you are a person who is fighting serious charges that could cost you your freedom. He takes every single case extremely seriously, putting his 30 years of criminal defense experience to work for every client.

If you are found in possession of even an amount as small as less than half an ounce of heroin in Atlantic City, you may face penalties of up to five years in prison. The charges get significantly more serious as quantity goes up and/or intent to distribute becomes evident. Talk to Mr. Tumelty about your charges and the possible penalties for heroin charges which include:

  • Possession of less than half an ounce: 18 months to five years imprisonment and fines of up to $35,000
  • Possession with intent to Distribute (less than half an ounce: Up to five years imprisonment and fines of up to $75,000
  • Possession of half an ounce to five ounces: 18 months to five years imprisonment
  • Possession of more than five ounces: A fixed prison sentence of 10 to 20 years and fines of up to $500,000
  • Heroin Trafficking: Life in prison with a 25 year minimum term before parole eligibility. Up to $500,000 in fines
  • Selling in a School Zone: A fixed prison term and fines of up to $100,000

As you can see from the list of possible penalties, heroin charges in New Jersey are no joke. If you have been charged with possession or distribution, you literally have no time to waste in finding the right lawyer.

With a skilled criminal defense lawyer, a defendant has a much better chance of beating the charges or, perhaps, getting an alternative sentencing option, such as the Pre-Trial Intervention program. Attorney John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor who knows how the other side thinks and their actions in the past many years dealing with drug cases. Put that knowledge to work for you if you are facing drug charges in New Jersey. Mr. Tumelty is particularly knowledgeable about heroin and cocaine possession and distribution laws. He will fight to keep you out of jail.

If You Have Been Charged with Heroin Possession or Distribution in Atlantic or Cape May Counties, NJ, Contact a Lawyer for Free Today

The wrong lawyer can mean the difference between a rehab program (with no criminal record) and years behind the bars of a state prison. John W. Tumelty has the drug court experience, skill and knowledge you need to obtain the best outcome possible for your unique situation. He will be your greatest advocate throughout the entire process. He will fight to protect your rights, keep you out of jail and keep your record clean. Mr. Tumelty serves clients in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township and throughout New Jersey.

Contact him today for a free, confidential consultation by telephone or in one of his three conveniently located South Jersey offices in Atlantic City, Marmora and Somers Point.

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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.