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

Hiring a criminal defense attorney to handle your case can be a daunting task. It takes time, research and an ample amount of effort to find a fitting attorney who could handle your case. But once you’ve narrowed down your search, it is important to meet your prospective attorneys and ask a few very important…Continue Reading

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?

According to the United States Constitution, any person who faces criminal charges has a right to a trial by jury. This is one of the many inalienable rights people have as American citizens. A criminal conviction can only occur if a jury finds the defendant guilty and issues the verdict. If a jury is not…Continue Reading

Experienced Atlantic City NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps Clients Charged with Using Fake IDs


Teenagers have been using fake identification for a very long time. In fact, thanks to technology, the process is more sophisticated and the IDs are more realistic. With a fake ID, underage kids can buy alcohol or get into local bars and clubs in Atlantic City and the shore bars in Cape May County, NJ. A new trend is for college kids under 21 to purchase IDs with their actual names on them. This way, the ID matches their student ID, which many bars are now asking to see. Unfortunately, by using their real name, the charge automatically increases from a fourth degree crime to a third degree crime. This is because, instead of “simply” possessing a fake identification, you are now tampering with a government-issued ID.

Certainly, these kids understand they are doing something wrong. However, the consequences are much more severe than most young people understand. Issues around homeland security have created much harsher penalties for any crime involving fraudulent government documents — even if it’s just a fake ID to get into a club. Getting caught with a fake ID can cost you your license and hefty fines. It can also land you in jail. Make no mistake about it, this is serious business and you need an experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyer on your side. Contact John W. Tumelty for a free consultation about your charges.

Skilled Lawyer Fights Fake Identification Charges in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean Counties

Getting caught with a fake ID (NJ 2C:21-2.1) in New Jersey is typically charged as a fourth or third degree criminal offense. If you are caught in the act of using that fake ID to purchase alcohol, tobacco products or to get into a bar, this may increase your charges to a crime of the fourth degree. Fines can be up to $1,000 with possible jail time, and you will lose your license for a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years.

Very little proof is required by the side of the prosecution in these cases. The fake ID itself is usually pretty solid evidence. Combine that with testimony that the defendant attempted to use it from a bouncer, bartender, etc., and a guilty verdict often follows. However, there are still some lines of defense if you have been charged with using or selling a fake ID. Was procedure properly followed? Were your Constitutional rights violated during the arrest? Only an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney will understand the options available to you. John W. Tumelty knows how to position you for the best possible outcome. He will fight hard to keep your record clean.

Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty if You Have Been Charged with Using or Selling a Fake ID

If you have been charged with using or selling a fake ID, you need expert legal representation right away. These laws are complex and the penalties are harsh. Choosing the right attorney can help you protect your rights and keep you out of jail. The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty have experience with even the most difficult cases surrounding fraudulent government documents. Mr. Tumelty’s experience as a former prosecutor gives him insight into their tactics. He understands the way the prosecution works and uses this knowledge to his clients’ advantage. Mr. Tumelty defends clients in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor and Ocean Township, and throughout New Jersey.

At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, we have experience in even the most difficult criminal cases. Our experience, understanding and knowledge have allowed us to successfully defend clients in all types of criminal cases for over 30 years. If you or someone you love has received any type of criminal charge, contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation. You may call our office at 609-345-3300 or fill out this confidential contact form and our legal team will contact you shortly.

 

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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.