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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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How to Interview a Criminal Attorney for Your Case

When choosing who will represent you against criminal charges, it’s important that you feel confident in this person’s ability and overall communication skills. This is a primary reason why you need to interview criminal defense attorneys.

Why You Need a Lawyer Immediately

Even if the authorities are trying to get you to sign a confession or to accept some other offer they presented on the table, you need to interview criminal defense attorneys to figure out whether or not this is the right representative for you. To find the right attorney, you should interview several different people.

Some documents that can help criminal attorneys understand your situation include the police report, bail papers or documents from the court. You will want to present this information to a prospective criminal defense attorney. When scheduling an initial consultation, you’ll want to have several questions at the back of your mind.

First of all, these will include broad areas such as their background and experience, their approach to case management, their legal fees and the assessment of your case. You’ll want an attorney who will give you an honest appraisal of the charges against you and your best way to move forward.

Knowing Your Options When Accused of a Crime

The attorney may be able to tell you whether or not you can agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge, will be able to inform you about what happens if you do plead guilty and will suggest possible strategies for representing any aspect of your case. It is equally important to choose somebody who not only has the necessary experience and understanding of your case but one who has your best interests in mind. You must make sure that the lawyer has time to represent you and that he or she will be accessible and available to you, should questions arise.

Selecting the Right Atlantic City, NJ Lawyer

The management of your criminal defense case will have significant implications for your future and you deserve to know who will maintain responsibility for your case and how to proceed if you find yourself in the difficult situation of being presented with new plea options. Your criminal defense lawyer should be someone that you trust throughout the duration of your case. Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today.

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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