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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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Top 4 Reasons to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney


There are many reasons why you should hire a criminal defense attorney if you’re accused of a crime or if you’re the subject of an investigation that may lead to criminal charges. The sooner you engage an experienced criminal defense attorney, the better.

Here are at least four reasons you should hire a criminal defense attorney, fast:

1. Avoid difficulty and confusion after an arrest. Your life can become tremendously difficult and confusing without an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side. A criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the complex criminal justice system.

2. Defense against false charges. A Newark man’s example demonstrates the importance of having a criminal defense attorney on board as soon as possible. After release from prison two months ago, he was “mistakenly arrested” on a murder warrant even though he’d already served the jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Prosecutors in the case said they didn’t know why the warrant was active in their system.

3. Search for prosecutorial mistakes and errors. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney helps you to organize a defense but he or she also uses well-honed skills to identify problems with the prosecutor’s case.

4. Use technology to advantage. A skillful criminal defense attorney understands how to use technology to benefit his or her clients. For instance, a Connecticut defendant was granted a trial and freed from jail after DNA tests raise doubts about his prior conviction in 1991 for murder.

After you’re arrested, your emotions are likely to take over. Life can seem scary. If this is a first-time offense or you’ve had multiple legal issues in the past, the criminal justice system in New Jersey can seem incomprehensible. Don’t do this alone. Contact The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney at 609.385.4010.

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