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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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5 Tips for Selecting a Criminal Defense Attorney


Choosing a criminal defense attorney is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Someone searching for a criminal defense attorney wants to find an attorney with experience and a strong background that showcases how good they are at handling a case. Below are five tips for selecting a criminal defense attorney:


The first step in finding the right criminal defense attorney is to look at their experience. This can often be found right on the attorney’s website. It can also help to ask about what kind of experience they have. For example, many attorneys have been practicing for years, but some have an edge that others don’t, like being a former prosecutor. Choosing a criminal defense attorney with experience as a prosecutor can use tools and strategies that other criminal defense attorneys may miss out on altogether.

Practice Area

When searching for a criminal defense attorney, one should always inquire about their practice areas. What do they specialize in? Can they handle a specific case? Every criminal defense attorney operates a bit differently, so it pays to know if they are familiar with the specific practice area of their client.


Communication is a vital factor in working with a criminal defense attorney. If reaching an attorney is difficult even in the first step, it may be a good indication of how they intend to handle communication during a case.

Read Reviews

Like everything else on the Internet, attorneys often have reviews and ratings from previous clients online. Their service is still, at the end of the day, a service that should be reviewed. Beyond the success stories prominently displayed on the attorney’s site, one should take care to simply look up their prospective attorney online and read unbiased reviews. In many cases, rewards, accolades, and other publications will come up as well.

Meet the Attorney

The most vital step before selecting an attorney is, of course, meeting them. One should make note of their personality, the attention they grant their prospective client, and general body language. Beyond that, one should be prepared with questions about their case, strategies, and options as well as questions about similar previous cases the attorney has worked.


If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t wait. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who could help. Contact John Tumelty today to schedule your case consultation.

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