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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Insanity Defense Overview

The insanity defense in criminal cases is put in place to help a defendant who is not truly aware or responsible for their actions. Their mental incapacity makes them incapable of knowing how serious their crime was. Proving insanity as a defense can be difficult, but not impossible. Insanity Defense in New Jersey When a…Continue Reading

Different Types of Business Fraud

Among the most serious of white collar crimes is business fraud. Business fraud can take many forms and the charges could lead to a criminal conviction that can follow you around for the rest of your life. Your reputation, employment, and future employability are all at stake when you are accused of business fraud.  Most…Continue Reading

Criminal Penalties That Can Result from Lewdness

The act of keeping one’s actions behind closed doors is done out of privacy and prudence, though certain situations result in acting lewd in public without even realizing it. What is Lewdness? In the state of New Jersey, lewdness is defined as “any flagrantly lewd and offensive act which he knows or reasonable expects is…Continue Reading

Atlantic City, NJ Drug Defense Attorney Keeps You Out of Jail for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


When a person is found in possession of marijuana, he or she is often also in possession of equipment or materials used to smoke marijuana, such as a bong or pipe. This is a serious offense in New Jersey. Perhaps you were on your way home from the Jersey Shore when the police stopped your vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. If the officer smelled marijuana coming from your car and subsequently searched your vehicle, any evidence of drug use they turned up can be used against you. Even if the officer just found rolling papers, you can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

John W. Tumelty has successfully defended numerous clients against drug charges, including marijuana possession, heroin possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Tumelty has 30 years of experience as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, which is why he understands the nuances of New Jersey drug laws. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Cape May or Atlantic counties, take advantage of Mr. Tumelty’s local experience and round-the-clock service and give him a call.

What Are Your Legal Options If You Are Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey?

Drug paraphernalia refers to equipment that is commonly associated with taking drugs. N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 is interpreted broadly by NJ prosecutors so that practically any drug arrest will result in charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. Items that can be classified as drug paraphernalia include:

  • Plastic baggies
  • Scales
  • Capsules
  • Marijuana pipes
  • Crack pipes
  • Cutting agents
  • Grinders
  • Syringes or hypodermic needles
  • Vials
  • Bongs
  • Rolling papers
  • Balloons
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Prescription pads

Although drug paraphernalia may not seem like a serious offense, the consequences of a conviction can be severe.

  • You could be looking at a possible sentence of six months in county jail.
  • You are facing suspension of your driving privileges in the State of New Jersey for a period of between six months and two years.
  • Having any kind of drug crime conviction appear on your permanent record could make it difficult for you to secure employment, lease an apartment, or obtain financial aid in the future.
  • Moreover, drug paraphernalia charges are often accompanied by additional charges, such as simple possession.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May Counties

If you are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, your options include pleading guilty, fighting the charge, or applying fora first-offender program Regardless of what you decide to do, it is imperative that you have an experienced lawyer on your side. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can help you with the process, contest the search & seizure of evidence in your case, and fight your drug paraphernalia charges in municipal court.

Atlantic City drug defense lawyer John Tumelty is committed to getting your case resolved favorably. He understands the stress and pressures you must be feeling right now, which is why he will do everything possible to secure a successful and speedy resolution to your case. Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today to schedule a free consultation in Marmora or Somers Point, NJ.

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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.