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

Cyberbullying Laws in New Jersey

As technology evolves, so do outlets for abusive, ugly behavior. It follows that the latest cause for concern around the country is the age of cyberbullying. Unlike physical bullying, cyberbullying often involves psychological harassment that can scar a person on the receiving end for years. Cyberbullying using an electronic format to make threats to cause…Continue Reading

How Social Media Can Potentially Hurt Your Case

Social media has brought about a new age in staying connected to loved ones all around the world. However, unless the right privacy settings are in place, a user’s information is all public knowledge and just a few clicks away. Because this information is public, some of the information found on social media could be…Continue Reading

What Happens if You Aren’t Read Your Rights When Arrested?

An arrest can be a chaotic situation. But no matter how busy or convoluted it can get, law enforcement has guidelines they need to follow. Among those guidelines are reading a person their rights. There is a common misconception that says if a person isn’t read their rights, their entire case gets thrown out or…Continue Reading

Atlantic City, NJ Out-of-State Driver DWI Lawyer Helps Clients Avoid Significant DWI Penalties


If you are an out-of-state driver who has been charged with a DWI in New Jersey, it is important for you to understand the penalties you are facing. You could be looking at significant punishments, including jail time and heavy fines. Additionally, the penalties can carry over to your state of origin. As such, you must take your DUI charges in New Jersey very seriously. Don’t attempt to fight your drunk driving charges by yourself.

John W. Tumelty is the founding partner of the Law Offices of John Tumelty, a highly respected law firm with a rich tradition in South Jersey. Mr. Tumelty has 30 years of criminal law experience and regularly defends out-of-state drivers who have been charged with DWI in New Jersey. He can help you, too.

New Jersey DWI Penalties Can Carry Over to Your Home State

In New Jersey, the penalties for a DWI are set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. Whether you are a driver on vacation from another state or a commercial truck driver passing through New Jersey, you face significant penalties if you are charged with drunk driving:

  • Even a first offense DWI is likely to result in the suspension of your driver’s license, as well as heavy fines, costly surcharges, and possible jail time.
  • It is also likely that you will have to pay higher insurance rates going forward because of your DWI conviction.
  • Perhaps worst of all, these penalties can carry over to your home state because New Jersey has interstate agreements with other states. Reciprocity between states means that your home state driving record may be impacted by a DWI conviction in New Jersey.

Additionally, NJ drivers must follow New Jersey driving laws even when they are driving in a different state. If you are convicted of drunk driving in another state, the conviction will be reported to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and your driver’s license will be suspended.

Beyond the standard punishments for a DWI, a DWI conviction can prove humiliating and impact both your personal life and your professional life. Nobody wants the stigma of having a drunk driving conviction on their permanent driving record.

Experienced Atlantic City DWI Lawyer Fights for the Rights of Out-of-State Drivers Charged with DUIs in New Jersey

If you have been charged with DWI in Atlantic or Cape May counties, or anywhere else in NJ, your future and freedom may be on the line. It is imperative that you speak with an experienced DWI lawyer because these are complex laws with significant penalties attached. Avoiding the most serious drunk driving penalties may require dedicated legal representation.

If you are from another state, it is critical that you have an experienced, local attorney to help guide you through the New Jersey legal system. You want a local South Jersey lawyer who understands the DWI laws in the state and who can provide you with aggressive defense against your DWI charges. Speak with John W. Tumelty about your case. He is a lawyer who knows how to challenge the evidence and highlight defects in the prosecution’s case. He knows how to carefully examine the circumstances of your traffic stop, challenge probable cause for the arrest, get Alcotest (breath test) results declared inadmissible in court.

Call Mr. Tumelty today to discuss the specifics of your case. You can also schedule a free consultation his Somers Point or Marmora office location by filling out the online contact form. Mr. Tumelty is available day or night to speak with you about your unique circumstances and help you formulate a strategy to beat your DUI charges.

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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.