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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.


When the Tables Turn and It’s Your Word against Theirs

“They started it!” That’s an old familiar refrain usually heard when someone breaks up a fight. Police know that there are several sides to a story: yours, theirs and the truth. That being said, if someone accuses you of assaulting them, and you get slapped with an assault charge, the game of “he said, she said” can get ugly.

If you are facing assault charges in New Jersey, don’t try to go it alone. Hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will protect your rights and make sure your side of the story gets heard in court – loud and clear.

It’s more common than anyone may realize for a person who starts a fight to turn the tables and say that they acted in self-defense. The truth may be on your side, buy you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you bring it to light. A qualified and committed lawyer can mean the difference between getting carried away at a bar one night and doing significant jail-time.

Rest assured, judges are savvy when it comes to assault “stories.” They have heard them all before. Atlantic City, NJ criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty knows that often an argument can escalate out of control. When you get saddled with the charges, regardless of how big a role you played in the fight, you need someone to protect your legal rights. At the end of the day, it’s your word against there’s, so let a good lawyer help you get the last word.

John Tumelty is a New Jersey Supreme Court-certified trial attorney with years of successful experience defending the rights of his clients. He has achieved not-guilty verdicts for numerous clients facing simple and serious assault charges. Call today for a free consultation.



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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.