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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.


What to Do If You Are Accused of a Crime and You Know You’re Innocent

What to Do If You Are Accused of a Crime and You Know You’re Innocent

Knowing that you are innocent and being accused of a crime is a serious problem and one that should prompt you to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney. Unfortunately, even prosecutors with the best of intentions still file charges against innocent suspects from time to time. No matter the reason behind why the charges were filed, you will want to know what you can do as soon as possible to avoid a conviction. The filing decision may be based on some erroneous and limited information.

The average police report, for example, is limited regarding the information it contains. A police report could easily misrepresent a minor fact such as the exact words that were used between two people that got into an argument. Pretrial communication is one of the leading reasons why you will want to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Certain attorneys will try to intervene before the prosecution can even file charges. This might mean reaching out to the investigating or the arresting officer before the case gets to the prosecution or discussing things with the prosecutors directly prior to the determination of the filing decision.

Speak with an Experienced Atlantic City Criminal Defense Attorney

Your retention of an attorney can help to protect your rights early on and give you a better perspective on your eligibility to pursue a comprehensive defense. Defendants should not get their hopes up if they try to handle their case on their own. You may have to wait until the filing of charges before your attorney can get involved but retaining a lawyer sooner rather than later will help you figure out what is most appropriate in your case.

Don’t wait to get a defense lawyer on your side. Call the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today to get help from a lawyer who cares at 609-345-3300.


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South Jersey criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty is conveniently located in Atlantic City, NJ. He serves clients in Atlantic, Ocean, Gloucester and Cape May counties and the Jersey Shore, including: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Brigantine, Buena, Cape May, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Estell Manor, Folsom, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Linwood, Longport, Margate, Mullica Township, Northfield, Pleasantville, Port Republic, Somers Point, Ventnor,  and Waymouth.