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

Experienced Atlantic City NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights Obstruction of Justice Charges

Law enforcement officials in New Jersey are responsible for securing the safety and welfare of all residents. When they choose to take action to prevent wrongdoing, whether during a traffic stop, a drug bust, a fight in a casino or any other criminal activity, it is illegal to interfere with their work. Lying to a cop or trying to impede an investigation in any way may result in obstruction of justice charges. Depending on the circumstances, obstruction of justice charges can be disorderly persons offenses or indictable felony crimes.

If you or someone you know is facing obstruction of justice charges in Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Brigantine or anywhere else in South Jersey, speak to a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will protect your rights. John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor who has been defending clients in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May counties in NJ for over 30 years. He will mount a defense to your obstruction of justice charges in an effort to protect your record and keep you out of jail.

What Constitutes “Obstruction of Justice” in Margate, Brigantine and Longport, New Jersey?

In the heat of the moment, when police officers are trying to do their jobs, anyone who gets in the way might be viewed as obstructing justice. However, legally speaking, under N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1, a cop can charge you with “obstructing the administration of law” if he or she believes you knowingly and purposefully tried to prevent law enforcement officials from doing their job. Any of these actions can result in an obstruction of justice charge in Atlantic City, Margate, Ventnor, Longport and throughout New Jersey:

  • Fleeing the scene
  • Trying to intimidate witnesses – verbally or physically
  • Using any force or violence against the police officers
  • Telling lies to hide information or confuse officers
  • Being uncooperative with a police officer
  • Interfering with an arrest
  • Providing false identification or misleading information

In addition to obstructing justice charges, you may also be facing related charges such as:

  • Hindering apprehension or prosecution
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Giving a false name
  • Impersonating a police officer
  • Resisting arrest
  • Eluding arrest
  • Compounding

A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer will negotiate with the prosecutor in an effort to get your obstruction of justice charges downgraded and, when possible, dismissed entirely. Often, these charges are the result of miscommunication. You may not have realized you were getting in the way of a police officer’s work.

Further, New Jersey judges have repeatedly said that words alone are not enough to support an obstruction charge. For a charge to stick, the prosecutor needs to be able to prove you took “affirmative” steps to prevent the officer from doing his or her job. If they perceived you were interfering but have no proof of you taking any purposeful action, there may not be enough evidence to convict.

Mr. Tumelty has worked with the prosecutors in municipal courts throughout South Jersey for decades. His own experience as a prosecuting attorney gives him insight into the way the other side thinks. He knows there are reasonable defenses to obstruction of justice and similar charges and he will fight to clear your name. He has successfully defended clients in Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor and other South Jersey towns.

What are the Penalties for Obstruction of Justice in New Jersey?

Usually, a charge of obstructing the administration of law is a disorderly persons offense. However, in some circumstances, such as when a person prevents the officer from prosecuting a criminal, you could be charged with a fourth degree crime.

Disorderly persons charge for obstructing justice: up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines

A fourth degree obstructing justice charge: up to 18 months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines

If you are convicted of either charge, you will have a mark on your criminal record. Criminal convictions can prevent you from getting a job, into college, getting a loan or apartment, etc. Thanks to the Internet and a closer eye on security, employers and landlords are doing background checks more than ever before. You need to hire a NJ criminal defense attorney who will fight your charges. Mr. Tumelty is an aggressive lawyer who has successfully represented countless people who have been charged with obstruction of justice. Call him today for a free consultation about your case.

Talk to a Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer about Your Charges Today for Free

John W. Tumelty has three offices in South Jersey where he offers free consultations for people who have been charged with a criminal offense in New Jersey. He also offers phone consultations and, when necessary, will come to you. If you are facing obstruction of justice charges in Atlantic or Cape May counties, or any other charges, Mr. Tumelty should be your first call. He will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and your freedom. Call him today and put his experience to work for you.

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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.