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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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Will New Jersey Ever Stop Being the Corruption State?

Just like with people, places have reputations, too. Unfortunately, there are many whose thoughts immediately turn to Tony Soprano, Tony Mack and Frank Hague, as examples, when the topic of New Jersey is brought up.

In a national poll measuring the most corrupt states in the union, New Jersey ranked fourth. NJ has long had to battle perceptions that it’s a place in which political kickbacks, organized crime and white-collar crime grow as wild as our corn and tomatoes. The most recent cases of Senator Robert Menendez and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have not done a whole lot to help the state’s reputation, either.

It’s important to remember, however, that everyone is entitled to due process no matter what state they live in or what stereotypes they’re battling.

If you’re facing serious charges for a white collar crime, your attorney is the most important investment you can make. Almost as legendary as its legacy of corruption is the strictness of New Jersey’s criminal laws and penalties. It’s important to realize that these are not victimless crimes and that offenders can face serious jail time. Any time somebody is accused of financial fraud, embezzlement, insider trading or any other white collar offenses, they need the skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Even if you are acquitted of white collar charges, the stigma of a white collar offense can ruin your career and your reputation. With the right legal representation, you can work quickly to minimize fallout and move on with your life.

As a former prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer John Tumelty has argued both sides of white collar crimes. He and his associates have a long and successful history providing experienced and quality counsel to defendants facing these charges. Call now for a free consultation about your charges.

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