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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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When You’re Wrongfully Accused of a Crime


You’re just sitting at home on an ordinary night eating dinner with your family when you hear a knock at your door. When you go to answer, it’s a police officer telling you that you’ve been accused of theft/rape/murder, or any serious crime. Of course, you know you’re innocent, but you know they are not going to believe you. What do you do?

Do NOT say anything

Anything you tell the police officer is going to be used against you. No matter what, it is important not to say anything, even if they do not arrest you. Also, do not tell friends or family your version of the story, as it can very easily be used against you later on. Keep to yourself.

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Since you are protected by attorney-client privilege, you are allowed to tell your attorney whatever you please. In fact, the more you tell your attorney, the better they will be able to help you in court. Also, they will be able to help determine whether or not any charges have actually been filed against you.


A false accusation can seriously impact your life, and cost you thousands in legal fees. When, or if, you’re wrongfully accused of a crime, suing for the time in jail you may spend, the loss of career options and the legal costs are a great option since you know you are completely innocent of all crimes you’ve been convicted of, and you deserve to seek repercussions for the damages done to you by this experience. Again, an experienced attorney will be able to help with this aspect.

If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime, you should trust your defense to an attorney who is highly trusted and well-respected. At Tumelty Law, Mr. Tumelty is a sole practitioner and personally handles every case that comes into his office. He will personally be at your side throughout the entire legal process. If you are in need of criminal defense, contact an attorney with years of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Call the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty at 609-390-4600 or fill out our convenient online contact form to request a consultation right away.


The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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