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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.


Connecting Drug Crimes and America’s Drug Epidemic

Connecting Drug Crimes and America’s Drug Epidemic

The recent drug epidemic is a serious problem that has raised concerns among legislators, police officers, prosecutors, and researchers throughout the country. More than 59,000 drug-related deaths happened in the United States in 2016 alone, representing nearly a 20% increase from the year prior. Furthermore, the United States leads the world in drug addictions and it is estimated by the CDC that more than 2 million citizens are addicted to opioids.

One out of every 100 individuals in the United States is at some point incarcerated for drug crimes. There are numerous different kinds of drug crimes in New Jersey and these are often used in an effort to help to minimize people participating in drug crimes and holding those who are convicted accountable for their actions. However, if you are accused of a drug crime, it is imperative that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. The state of New Jersey has strict laws regarding possession, selling, and paraphernalia. The potential penalties can include fines, drug rehabilitation and time in prison depending on the severity of the crime itself and the amount of the drug that you have on your person. Law enforcement officers across New Jersey and the country are now cracking down on drug crimes because of the number of fatal drug overdoses which has been on the rise in recent years.

Deadly overdoses in the United States has increased by as much as two and a half times since the year 1999 and the most common source of fatal overdoses is heroin, however, other opioids claim many lives as well. Consulting with an experienced drug crime defense attorney in New Jersey is important if you have been accused.

Given the severe impact of a drug conviction in NJ, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty to help fight for your freedom immediately after you’re accused. Contact Mr. Tumelty at 609.385.4010 or via his online contact form to get started today.


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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.