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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.


Felony Basics

Felony Basics

Have you already been accused of a felony in the state of New Jersey? If so, you need to contact a criminal defense lawyer in New Jersey immediately to discuss what to do next to best protect yourself. It is often very hard to know what to expect because you are likely unfamiliar with the misdemeanor and felony allegations that could affect the outcome of your case. Felony basics refer to crimes that are more serious than infractions or misdemeanors.

The Two Kinds of Crimes

The two primary types of crimes include misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are serious crimes and any felony sentence will typically be associated with a minimum of a year in prison. Criminal laws and respective punishments are often tied to the severity of the alleged crime.

How Felonies Are Charged

Felonies are frequently sub-divided by their level of severity. A class A felony, for example, is considered much more serious than a class B felony. There are many different felonies that can be committed against another person and the names of these crimes could vary from one state to another.

Some of the most common felonies include; robbery, murder, rape, kidnapping, and assault. There can also be felonies against property. These names may also vary from one state to another, but in general include theft, burglary and arson. There will be varying degrees of punishment associated with felonies based on your state and the alleged severity of the crime. Felonies are typically punished by more than a year in prison and may carry a hefty fine.

Hiring the Right Atlantic City, NJ Felony Lawyer

If you have been charged recently with a felony or suspect that you are under investigation for felony charges, you need to schedule a consultation directly with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. This may be the only way to protect you from the consequences of being convicted and a felony charge that follows you for many years to come. Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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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.