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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.

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3 Reasons To Request an Attorney if You Get Arrested

The moment you’re facing criminal charges of any kind in New Jersey (or even if you suspect you’re being investigated in a criminal case), your first action should be to call a criminal defense attorney.

You’ve probably heard the term “lawyer up” before. It’s your right to request a lawyer and “remain silent.” As soon as you request an attorney, law enforcement must stop questioning you until your lawyer is by your side and able to advise you during questioning.

Here Are 3 Reasons to Request an Attorney If You’re Arrested

1) Police might say that you’ll have an easier time if you just answer their questions. The fact is, police officers are allowed to use various tactics to get you to incriminate yourself. Don’t let this intimidate you. Asking for a lawyer won’t make the situation worse for you.

2) Police might suggest that you would be talking if you had nothing to hide. Informed people understand that it’s their right not to talk without a lawyer present. Don’t give up your rights, regardless of your guilt or innocence.

3) Police sometimes say they’ll get you a deal if you explain what you know. Police do not have the authority to strike a deal with you.

In fact, your lawyer is in the best position to strike any favorable deal on your behalf. Don’t answer questions or volunteer any information until an attorney arrives.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorney Now!

The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty has three convenient locations in South Jersey. Mr. Tumelty will also consult with you about your charges by phone and, of course, will come to you when you are in police custody.

Initial consultations are always free of charge with Mr. Tumelty. He will explain your charges and your options and answer your questions. He prioritizes client communication and will put your case first, always.

Reach out to our Atlantic City office by calling 609.385.4010 or contact us online. Don’t delay. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work for you.

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