Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

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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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Cyberbullying Laws in New Jersey

As technology evolves, so do outlets for abusive, ugly behavior. It follows that the latest cause for concern around the country is the age of cyberbullying. Unlike physical bullying, cyberbullying often involves psychological harassment that can scar a person on the receiving end for years. Cyberbullying using an electronic format to make threats to cause…Continue Reading

How Social Media Can Potentially Hurt Your Case

Social media has brought about a new age in staying connected to loved ones all around the world. However, unless the right privacy settings are in place, a user’s information is all public knowledge and just a few clicks away. Because this information is public, some of the information found on social media could be…Continue Reading

What Happens if You Aren’t Read Your Rights When Arrested?

An arrest can be a chaotic situation. But no matter how busy or convoluted it can get, law enforcement has guidelines they need to follow. Among those guidelines are reading a person their rights. There is a common misconception that says if a person isn’t read their rights, their entire case gets thrown out or…Continue Reading

NJ’s Gun Laws are Strictest in the U.S.; Unlawful Handgun Possession in Atlantic City Carries Severe Penalties


Whether you are a resident or non-resident of New Jersey, NJ gun laws still apply to you. It is illegal to have a handgun in the state without a properly issued New Jersey gun license or permit. New Jersey does not recognize permits and licenses from other states.

If you get stopped by a police officer while passing through New Jersey with a gun and no New Jersey permit or license, you will be arrested and charged with illegal gun possession. There are a variety of gun laws that may apply to your case. They all carry serious penalties including fines and jail time.

If you find yourself in this situation, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows Atlantic City and Cape May County. John W. Tumelty will fight for you in an effort to get the charges reduced or dismissed. He can also try to get you admitted to Pre-Trial Intervention.

What are the Penalties for NJ Unlicensed Gun Charges?

Possession of a handgun in New Jersey without a legal NJ carry permit is a second degree crime. You’ll be facing jail time of between five and 10 years. If you are convicted, this type of charge is covered under the Graves Act. This means you will have to serve a significant portion of your sentence before you are eligible for parole.

NJ gun laws are serious business. You are literally facing a loss of freedom. Don’t try to fight a charge of handgun possession without an NJ permit alone. Mr. Tumelty is a former prosecutor. He knows how the other side thinks and acts in these cases. Speak to him about your specific circumstances. He has helped countless people, like you, who didn’t even realize how strict NJ laws are – until they got caught in possession of a handgun or pistol without a New Jersey license or permit.

Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer John W. Tumelty for a Free Consultation about Your NJ Gun Charges

It doesn’t even seem fair. You followed all the rules in your state and you believe your handgun is completely legal. After all, you have a license to carry in the state where you live — just not in New Jersey. You may have even heard about the Philadelphia mom who was stopped by a police officer in NJ. After revealing her gun and Pennsylvania carrying permit, she was promptly arrested and was facing up to five years in New Jersey State Prison. Political pressures on the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office saved her; she was ordered to go through the NJ Pre-Trial Intervention Program in lieu of jail time.

Contact John W. Tumelty today for a free phone or in-person consultation about your criminal charges. He has offices in Marmora, Atlantic City and Somers Point. Don’t go through this without Mr. Tumelty on your side; he will protect your rights and freedom.

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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.