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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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DNA Testing Exonerates Many Who Were Wrongly Jailed in NJ

It’s hard to even imagine being accused of a crime that you didn’t commit and actually having to pay the price for it. While the aim of all court systems is to make sure that innocent people don’t end up in jail, the US Judicial System doesn’t always accomplish that goal. It happens to often; innocent people go to jail – thanks to a poorly demonstrated defense or lack of evidence.

In recent years, DNA testing and other incredibly exciting high tech tools have exonerated many wrongly incarcerated defendants. In New Jersey, eight people were set free after being convicted and sentenced to jail for major crimes they didn’t commit.

A recent article in The Daily News stated the Monmouth County prosecutor’s office was recently forced by state courts to explain why it is failing to perform DNA testing out people who have been charged with crimes. Further, courts, as well as state legislators, are wondering why prosecutors are so unwilling to test people who are already behind bars.

It may mean more work for law enforcement in the end, but the fairness of freeing innocent people who can be exonerated with DNA testing trumps having to reopen a case and search again for the true perpetrator.  It is possible to get exonerated for a crime that you did not commit and to have a record expunged if you are proven innocent. However, in order to do that, you will need a fearless lawyer to fight on your behalf, and you also will need to be willing to submit to DNA tests to show that you weren’t the one who did it.

If you or a loved one has recently been charged or convicted of a crime that you didn’t commit, don’t be a victim. Call the law office of criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty for a free consultation right away.

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