Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.345.3300

Former Prosecutor

Now Fighting for You

New Jersey Criminal Defense and DWI attorney
who knows how to navigate the local courts

FORMER PROSECUTOR

NOW FIGHTING FOR YOU.

New Jersey Criminal Defense and DWI attorney who
knows how to navigate the local courts.

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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When Does Drug Possession Become Intent to Sell?

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Personal Property That Can Be Searched Once a Warrant is Issued

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When a Crime is Accidentally Committed

When a Crime is Accidentally Committed

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New Jersey Assault Lawyer Protects Your Legal Rights


Atlantic City is a known go-to destination for gambling and world-class entertainment. Unfortunately, with or without Lady Luck by your side, it’s easy for a fun time to get out of hand. When arguments ensue and words and fists begin to fly, it’s not unusual for criminal charges to follow. Whether the incident was your fault or not, when you are facing assault and battery charges you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side.

John Tumelty is a highly respected attorney with a rich tradition of successfully representing clients in South Jersey. The founding partner of the Law Firm of John W. Tumelty, he is a criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing criminal law for 30 years. In addition to being a New Jersey Supreme Court certified criminal trial attorney, Mr. Tumelty is a former state prosecutor and assistant county prosecutor. Now he fights for the rights of the accused throughout New Jersey, including Cape May and Atlantic counties.

You Could Face Severe Penalties for an Assault Conviction in NJ

The assault statute is often interpreted broadly by NJ prosecutors so that practically any sort of physical altercation can trigger serious charges and severe penalties. Many times, New Jersey prosecutors will overcharge assault if the public’s safety was put at risk. Worse yet, prosecutors are often strict in offering plea bargains in assault cases because the charge is classified as a violent offense.

Some of the most common assault charges in New Jersey include:

  • Simple assault: Any kind of physical altercation can lead to simple assault charges.
  • Aggravated assault: When an assault results in another person suffering significant or serious injuries, or if a weapon was used during the altercation, the charges against you can be elevated to aggravated assault.
  • Aggravated assault on a police officer: Any kind of assault on a law enforcement officer is treated as a felony-level offense.
  • Vehicular assault (assault by auto or boat): Recklessly hitting someone with your vehicle or vessel can lead to criminal charges.

The penalties for an assault charge can vary, depending upon factors such as the severity of injury, the use of a weapon during the altercation, and the status of the injured party. Since assault is considered a violent crime, NJ prosecutors often seek to impose the harshest possible punishments. In addition to prison time and heavy fines, the penalties for an assault conviction can include probation with requirements to attend anger management counseling and payment of restitution to the victim for medical bills.

Under certain circumstances, you could face enhanced penalties. If the victim was a police officer, a firefighter, an EMS provider or a school official, the charge can be elevated and the offender may face more severe penalties. Moreover, when an assault charge stems from a domestic violence incident, you could face additional repercussions, such as a restraining order. If the assault was committed during the commission of some other criminal act, such as robbery, the offender may face additional charges.

Assault Defense Attorney Fights Your Criminal Charges in Atlantic City

An assault charge can be life-altering if you are convicted and labeled a “violent offender.” It is important to act quickly and speak with a lawyer as soon as possible because evidence will need to be preserved. Additionally, your lawyer will need time to contact and interview witnesses.

John W. Tumelty is an aggressive criminal defense attorney who knows what it takes to win in Atlantic City courtrooms; he has successfully defended clients against charges of assault, robbery, and homicide throughout NJ. Mr. Tumelty is a former prosecutor and will assist you during all stages of your case, from initial bail hearings to trial, if necessary. Call or email him today to schedule a free consultation at one of the firm’s offices in Marmora and Somers Point, NJ.

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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.