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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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Life After a Felony Conviction

Life After a Felony Conviction

Being convicted of a felony is an extremely overwhelming experience and one that can be very difficult to understand if you have never faced a criminal accusation at the felony level before. It is imperative that you retain a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who has experience with felony convictions.

Consequences of a Crime

The more severe the crime, the more serious the penalties. If you are found guilty of a misdemeanor, you might only be dealing with paying a fine, but if you obtain a felony conviction, you could be looking at multiple years in prison. Since being convicted of a felony is a serious issue and felony convictions can lead to all types of repercussions, such as making employment more difficult or hefty fines, you need to contact an experienced attorney.

Punishments Linked to Common Crimes

There are many possible punishments associated with a felony conviction and often the judge has some discretion but not total discretion over what happens to you. Felonies are crimes that are considered to be more serious infractions than others including; arson, rape, murder, assault, and theft.

You may be ordered by the court to pay restitution to the victim and you may also be looking at fines, jail time, community service and more for misdemeanors. However, felonies have much harsher punishments including multiple years in prison, a large fine or both. There is also the possibility that you could be assessed the death penalty based on a felony conviction or life in prison. Probation and parole are also common.

Hiring an Experienced Atlantic City Criminal Lawyer

You may be eligible to appeal a felony conviction with the help of the right criminal defense attorney. Your appeals lawyer will look over the specifics of your case and give you further information about what is involved or whether or not a felony appeal is the right choice for you. At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, you can get help immediately.

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.