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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.


When Is It Illegal to Fire a Gun?

Illegal to Fire a GunGun rights and gun violence have both been controversial topics in recent times. It’s important for gun holders to understand the laws which dictate when they are legally allowed to discharge their weapon.

When Discharging your Weapon is a Crime in New Jersey

Under certain circumstances, discharging your weapon inappropriately is a crime. Negligent discharge occurs when a weapon, including BB guns and crossbows, is shot in certain areas or circumstances. It’s generally illegal to fire a weapon from a moving car, an occupied building or in a public space. Accidentally firing the weapon can also result in a criminal charge of negligent discharge. These unlawful discharge laws do provide exceptions in which the gun holder is legally allowed to discharge their weapon in self-defense in otherwise prohibited areas. When a person intentionally fires their weapon in a public space, they could be charged with reckless discharge. If you’ve been charged with such weapons crimes, then it’s important to hire a criminal defense attorney. Convictions may result in jail time, significant fines or probation sentences.

Contact New Jersey’s Criminal Defense Attorney John W. Tumelty

Criminal defense attorney John W. Tumelty has dedicated over thirty years to studying criminal law. As a former prosecutor, his experience offers a unique advantage to those facing criminal charges in the state. His entire practice is dedicated to individuals who have been charged with crimes. To learn more about how he can help you, simply fill out his online contact form. Attorney John W. Tumelty will reach back out to you as soon as possible.

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.