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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Battle-Tested Atlantic City Criminal Defense Attorney Fights Manslaughter Charges in Atlantic, Ocean & Cape May Counties


Manslaughter is not the same thing as murder. In both situations, someone was killed. However, whether police bring charges of manslaughter or murder/homicide has to do with the intent behind the act. If a person dies due to another person’s reckless or negligent behavior, that may be considered manslaughter. It would be considered murder, on the other hand, if the defendant intended to commit the heinous crime.

There are several types of manslaughter charges in New Jersey, but they all have one thing in common. If you or someone you love is facing a manslaughter charge, it’s important you don’t waste any time contacting a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who will leave no stone unturned as he investigates what happened and builds a defense that will safeguard your criminal record and freedom. This is true not only because you may be facing several years in prison but also because a manslaughter conviction triggers NJ’s No Early Release Act. John W. Tumelty has successfully defended countless clients facing manslaughter and other criminal charges in Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Brigantine and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Contact him today for a free consultation about your case.

What is Manslaughter?

A police officer may charge someone with manslaughter if they are believed to have recklessly caused a death by showing extreme indifference and conscious disregard for human life.” They might not have actively intended for someone to die, but they took action that brought about the fatality.

Aggravated Manslaughter: This first degree felony charge applies when the defendant allegedly caused the victim’s death, in a reckless manner with “extreme indifference to human life.”

Reckless manslaughter: To prove guilt of this second degree felony charge, prosecutors must be able to prove that the defendant acted with “conscious disregard” of the substantial risk that his or her behavior would cause death.

Heat of Passion Death: When someone takes action to kill another in the “heat of passion” or “heat of the moment,” it’s usually considered purposeful homicide. However, depending on the circumstances, if prosecutors believe the death occurred after “reasonable provocation,” meaning another ordinary, reasonable person would have taken the some violent action, the defendant may face second degree manslaughter charges as opposed to murder charges.

Mr. Tumelty has successfully defended clients in Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor and other South Jersey towns. Put his experience to work for you.

What are the Penalties for Manslaughter in Ventnor, Brigantine and Longport New Jersey?

The most egregious type of manslaughter is called “aggravated manslaughter.” It is a first degree felony crime. If you are convicted of this charge, you can be sentenced to prison for between 10 and 30 years. You will also have to pay a stiff fine – up to $200,000.

“Reckless Manslaughter” and “Heat of Passion Manslaughter” are categorized as second degree felonies. Someone convicted of either of these charges may be sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison and up to $150,000 in fines.

All three of these convictions fall under the No Early Release Act. This means that, if convicted and sentenced to prison, you would not be eligible for parole until you have served 85 percent of your sentence.

If you are facing manslaughter charges in New Jersey, you likely already know that your freedom may be at stake. Do not take chances with your future. Hire a criminal defense lawyer who will skillfully and aggressively fight your charges and protect your interests.

Talk to a Successful Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlantic City about your Manslaughter Charges Today

If you are facing manslaughter, murder or any other violent crime charges, you need a battle-tested criminal defense lawyer on your side. For more than 30 years, John Tumelty has been successfully representing clients throughout South Jersey who have been charged with manslaughter. Put his experienced as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney to work for you.

Contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation about your charges. He has three conveniently located offices in Marmora, Atlantic City and Somers Point, NJ. He will also do a free phone consultation. Don’t wait another moment. Call Mr. Tumelty today to find out how he can protect your freedom, your record and your reputation.

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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.