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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.


Traffic Ticket with Points? Don’t Just Blow it Off and Pay the Fine

We’re all just 12 motor vehicle points away from a suspended driver’s license. In NJ, points can add up quickly. A speeding ticket here, a fender bender there. Before you know it, your insurance premium has taken a hit and you are facing months without the ability to drive legally in New Jersey.

So, if you’ve ever gotten a ticket and thought that you might as well just pay the fine, take the points and move on, don’t be so quick to go down that path again. Improper passing, for example, comes with four points. Tailgating will get you five points on your license. After you reach six points, you will likely be paying extra fees to keep your license. At 12 points, a judge will take it away for a period of time.

An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you reduce points or eliminate motor vehicle points which often mean the difference between driving and taking the bus…or not getting around at all.

Some of the most costly violations are the ones committed every day on our highways and if you think the state police aren’t always on the lookout — think again. In fact, they just recently wrapped a six-day heightened enforcement period as part of what they’re calling the “I-95 Challenge,” an event coordinated across 14 East Coast law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce crashes on I-95. During the challenge, police targeted speeding, aggressive and distracted driving, cell phone use and seatbelt violations. Two more crackdown periods are scheduled for August and December.

It’s important to remember that just because these “enforcement periods” have an end-date, doesn’t mean that police officers throughout NJ aren’t always on high alert. If you do wind up with a traffic violation, don’t just blow it off and pay the fine, particularly if the ticket carries points.

Contact a skilled traffic violation lawyer who will be by your side in court. If possible, he will get your ticket tossed or the charges and penalties lowered to save you points.

John W. Tumelty has been successfully defending clients in traffic matters for decades. If you’re facing the prospect of motor vehicle points, surcharges or even a license suspension, call us today.


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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.