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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.


Is Leaving Your Child in Your Car for a Few Minutes Child Abuse?

Child endangerment and neglect charges will have a serious and far-reaching impact. While protecting the safety of a child is of the utmost importance, a misunderstanding or one person’s rather extreme definition of neglect can immediately place a parent on the defensive. You may find yourself fighting for your child and having to defend your parenting skills.

If you are facing child endangerment charges, perception can be just as damaging as a conviction. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney if you’re facing child endangerment charges, no matter how preposterous or outrageous they may seem.

A few years ago a mother was convicted of neglect after leaving her child in the car for less than 10 minutes while she went to go run some errands. She lost the case on first appeal, as well. The New Jersey Supreme Court is now scheduled to rule on the case after recently hearing her arguments. The decision may very well set a new standard in what actually constitutes child abuse and neglect in the state.

Although it can be argued that children are safer than they have ever been before, parents may actually be more vulnerable than ever to unfounded child endangerment charges. These allegations can tear families apart and forced the children to live in foster care while their parent proves their parental rights and suitability. Don’t let baseless accusations ruin your life and destroy your family. If you are facing child endangerment charges in Atlantic City or the surrounding communities, contact an experienced attorney today who will fight for you and your children.

Skilled criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has a long and successful history helping clients overcome child endangerment charges so they can rebuild their families and move on with their lives. If you’re facing serious child endangerment charges in Atlantic County, contact our offices today for a free consultation.

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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.