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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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Voters Give Thumbs Up to Bail Reform: NJ Judges Allowed to Deny Pre-Trial Release

When New Jersey voters went to the polling booths this week, they approved a state Constitutional amendment that would keep people charged with serious crimes in jail while awaiting trial.

New Jersey voters approved a proposal to amend the state constitution allowing judges to deny pre-trial release to some defendants charged with serious crimes.

This is a big win for NJ Gov. Chris Christie who has been serious about wanting to see this amendment pass for more than two years. The new law will go into effect in 2017.

At present, current NJ law states that judges only have the ability to keep defendants facing the death penalty in jail without pre-trial release. However, since New Jersey repealed the death penalty in 2007, all defendants are currently eligible for bail – at a judge’s discretion.

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in the state of New Jersey, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty. He can discuss the possibility of pre-trial intervention (PTI), possible bail or, when necessary, he will defend your rights and freedom in court. Call him today for a free consultation.

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