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

Atlantic City Sexual Assault Lawyer Fights Sex Crime Charges


A sex crime conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even a mere allegation of sexual assault can have long-lasting consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence and a reputation as a sex offender that will follow you long after you are released. Since your freedom and your good name are on the line, it is imperative that you speak with a skilled criminal defense lawyer who is ready to do battle for you both inside and outside the courtroom.

John W. Tumelty is a former state prosecutor with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice. He is also a former assistant county prosecutor who served with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Trial Section, and prosecuted major felony crimes such as aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault. Now he represents criminal defendants charged with sex crimes, including sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and child pornography.

What Constitutes “Sexual Assault” in the State of New Jersey?

Sexual assault refers broadly to any sexual encounter in which one person does not offer consent. The use of physical force or coercion against a rape victim is considered sexual assault. These charges are addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2. A sexual assault charge can be brought in a number of situations, including:

  • When an individual is accused of sexual contact with a person under the age of 13
  • When a person is accused of committing an act of sexual penetration with a victim between the ages of 13 and 16
  • When the offender was related to the victim or was in a position of control over the victim and the victim was between the ages of 16 and 18

Sexual assault offenses are classified as second degree felonies. This means that an offender is subject to a term of incarceration of between five and 10 years in NJ State Prison. Additionally, if you are accused of using a weapon during the commission of a sexual assault in New Jersey, you may face enhanced penalties. Beyond that, sexual assault charges are often accompanied by kidnapping charges, which can lead to more severe penalties.

Do Not Risk Your Future or Your Freedom; Speak with an Experienced New Jersey Sexual Assault Attorney Today

If you are facing sexual assault charges in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable attorney to represent you and fight for your freedom. Whether you have been accused of date rape, forcible rape, or statutory rape, an experienced attorney can potentially raise viable defenses, such as consent or lack of knowledge of incapacity to consent, on your behalf.

The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty represents clients facing sexual assault charges in South Jersey, including Cape May and Atlantic counties. John Tumelty is a skilled criminal defense lawyer who is fully prepared to contest the evidence in your case if there are any issues with the procedures used by police and prosecutors or if the DNA evidence is inadmissible. Mr. Tumelty also knows how to undermine the credibility of opposing witnesses at trial. Call or email him today to discuss your case either over the phone or at one of his offices in Marmora and Somers Point.

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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.