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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.


Hey, Those Drugs Aren’t Mine!

Even when they are caught “red-handed,” people charged with possession of illegal drugs seem to resort to a go-to response as cuffs are being put on them and their rights are being read to them. “You’ve got the wrong guy! Those drugs don’t belong to me!”

In fact, police say this is one of the most common comments defendants make right after law enforcement officials find drugs on their property or person. Unfortunately, this is not the best way to protect your rights if you are being accused of drug possession in NJ.

Think about the very first Miranda Right you are read: “You have the right to remain silent.” Once the police are arresting you, pleading your innocence is going to fall on deaf ears. If cops feel they have enough reason to charge you, the handcuffs are coming out and you are headed to the station.

Therefore, remain silent. Exercise your right to have an attorney present and do not say a word to police officers – no matter how nice they act or concerned they seem to be for your welfare. Police in New Jersey can legally say many things to get you to talk. It’s not uncommon for them to engage in a conversation about your “so-called” innocence. They want you to tell your story. But, be advised, what you say can and will be used against you. Count on it.

While you are so busy telling your story and thinking you have an understanding cop who is believing you, every word you say is likely being recorded and will be scrutinized for any admission of guilty.

Instead of pleading with an officer who is not on your side, hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will protect you from the first minute he enters the room. John W. Tumelty has been representing good people, like you, who have been charged with drug crimes in Atlantic City and the surrounding communities. He knows all too well that there are many sides of every story. He’ll fight for you.

Contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation about your case. He will ask you many questions to determine how the drugs came to be in your possession or on your property. Then, he will get to work creating a winning defense strategy on your behalf. Call him today to get started on your case.

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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.