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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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I’m Facing Criminal Charges. Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

You might assume that it has been a big misunderstanding that you are facing criminal charges at all. However, defendants charged with crimes will almost always benefit from obtaining an experienced lawyer. The vast majority of criminal defendants are represented by an attorney, particularly when a prison sentence or jail time is a possible outcome.

It is very difficult for a person who does not have a law degree or relevant experience in criminal defense to handle their own criminal case successfully. Self-representation is difficult because there is a great deal of difference between theory and practice in criminal cases. The practice of criminal law cannot be understood by reading books or other materials alone.

Speak with an Experienced Atlantic City Lawyer Who Is Dedicated to Helping You Beat Your Criminal Charges

Prosecutorial discretion or the power of a prosecutor to determine whether or not to file criminal charges at all and what charges are applicable determines a great deal of what happens in the criminal court. This means that the particular prosecutor in charge should be spoken to as soon as possible. Only a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will know the most common methods that are successful for minimizing your chances of facing charges at all and can help you to figure out what crimes are going to be charged. The community values, politics and pressures can all factor into the determination of a prosecutor’s decision to move forward with charges. With so much power resting in the hands of the prosecutor, you cannot afford to let your future be at risk.

An attorney can play a vital role in development of your case including formulating sentencing programs tailored to your individual needs, negotiating deals with prosecutors, giving you a reality check about the perspective on your situation, and helping you to cope with the stigma, fear, and other feelings that you may encounter as you move forward with your criminal case.

Call the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty to Meet with an Experienced Defense Attorney

If you need advice about what comes next when you’ve been accused of a crime, contact an Atlantic City Criminal attorney with years of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Call the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today or fill out our convenient contact form to request a consultation right away.

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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