Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.345.3300

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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

Seasoned Criminal Lawyer Defends Harassment Charges in Atlantic City, New Jersey


Harassment charges are relatively common because it is easy for an angry or jealous individual to accuse someone of harassment with very little proof. Any crime that is subjective in nature (based on someone’s opinion) tends to be a commonly seen charge in New Jersey courts. In Atlantic City, where the casinos tend to bring out the best and worst in people, getting angry with someone who was a bit luckier than you were isn’t unusual.

Criminal Defense attorney John W. Tumelty has over 30 years of experience defending even the most complicated criminal cases. He will work hard to ensure that you get the most favorable outcome for your situation. This may mean reduced charges, an alternative sentencing option such as the Pre-Trial Intervention or a complete dismissal of charges.

Harassment Defense Lawyer Protects Your Rights and Your Reputation in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean Counties and Throughout New Jersey

Harassment is generally considered to be a disorderly persons offense. As such, it can carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and fines up to $1,000. It also gives you a criminal record, which could seriously harm your ability to get a job, or even housing, for many years. Harassment includes many forms of threatening or annoying communication, however, the list below gives a more thorough illustration:

  • Making communications either anonymously or at inconvenient hours to cause annoyance or harm
  • Making communications in offensive language to annoy or cause harm
  • Striking, shoving, kicking or otherwise offensively touching, or threatening to do so
  • Engaging in any kind of conduct with the purpose of causing harm or annoyance

You can see from this list that harassment can encompass many different forms of behavior. In order to prove harassment, the prosecution must prove that the defendant had an intent to harass the victim. If unable to do so, the defendant will be found not guilty. There is a big difference between insensitive comments and harassment. Simply saying something rude or offensive to someone will rarely justify a conviction for harassment. Other factors, such as physical disturbances, threats or prolonged disturbances, have to come into play.

If you’ve been charged with harassment, skilled legal representation is essential. Mr. Tumelty’s experience as a former prosecutor gives him valuable insight into how they will handle the case. He is your best chance at staying out of jail and keeping your record clean. There are multiple defense strategies to harassment charges. If the case cannot be dismissed entirely, the next best option is to have the charge downgraded to a municipal ordinance charge. This will keep you out of jail and will not give you a criminal record. If this option is also not available, Mr. Tumelty will prepare to fight the charges. The prosecution’s evidence in harassment cases is often very flimsy. It’s not uncommon for the victim to drop charges mid-way through the case because no witnesses show up to testify.

Don’t Take Harassment Charges Lightly; Call an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Harassment charges can spin out of control very quickly. Attorney John W. Tumelty will fight to protect your rights, your freedom and your reputation in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township and throughout New Jersey. Contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation by phone or at one of his three offices in Marmora, Atlantic City 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

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.