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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.


NJ Crime Index is Lower than the National Average – No Thanks to Atlantic City

New Jersey’s crime index is 27 percent lower than the average of all other states in the country. However, the crime index is Atlantic City is 239 percent higher than NJ’s average. Further, AC’s violent crime rate is a whopping 506 percent higher than New Jersey’s average. (NJ is 24 percent lower than the national crime index average.)

Some other staggering Atlantic City crime statistics:

  • The crime rate is more than 200 percent higher than NJ’s average
  • There are 686 police officers employed by Atlantic City; that’s 17.3 cops per 1,000 residents. (That amounts to 205.5 percent more than NJ’s average and well over 400 percent more than the national average for cops/per resident.)
  • You have a one in 13 chance of being a victim of a crime in Atlantic City.
  • You have a one in 57 chance of being the victim of a violent crime

That being said, there are places in the nation that have worse crime statistics. Atlantic City is safer than just over one percent of US cities.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Atlantic City, call criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty right away. He has helped countless people charged with all types of crimes in Atlantic and Cape May counties. He can protect your interests and fight for your rights.

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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.