Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7


Former Prosecutor

Now Fighting for You

New Jersey Criminal Defense and DWI attorney
who knows how to navigate the local courts



New Jersey Criminal Defense and DWI attorney who
knows how to navigate the local courts.



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.

Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for Over 30 years

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Skilled Atlantic City, NJ Lawyer Defends You against Heroin Possession and Distribution Charges

As heroin abuse continues to grow in the New Jersey suburbs, law enforcement is doing everything in its power to eradicate this dangerous drug from the state. In doing so, even “small time” dealers or users are getting swept up in the chaos. Heroin possession or distribution charges are extremely serious, and facing these charges with inexperienced legal representation may have dire consequences. New Jersey is tough on crime, and increasingly tough on drug charges involving narcotics, especially heroin and cocaine.

If you or someone you know is facing drug charges in Atlantic or Cape May counties in New Jersey, including possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, intent to distribute or any related charges, contact a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who knows the laws and will fight tirelessly on your behalf. John W. Tumelty knows that prison is rarely the right place for someone with a drug problem. Rehabilitation is more likely the answer. If he is unable to get your charges dismissed or downgraded, Mr. Tumelty may be able to get you into an alternative sentencing program such as Pre-Trial Intervention.

Attorney Fights Your Heroin Drug Charges in Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and Works Tirelessly to Keep You Out of Jail

New Jersey court dockets are stacked with drug charge cases. To the court, you are a number on a case file. To Mr. Tumelty, you are a person who is fighting serious charges that could cost you your freedom. He takes every single case extremely seriously, putting his 30 years of criminal defense experience to work for every client.

If you are found in possession of even an amount as small as less than half an ounce of heroin in Atlantic City, you may face penalties of up to five years in prison. The charges get significantly more serious as quantity goes up and/or intent to distribute becomes evident. Talk to Mr. Tumelty about your charges and the possible penalties for heroin charges which include:

  • Possession of less than half an ounce: 18 months to five years imprisonment and fines of up to $35,000
  • Possession with intent to Distribute (less than half an ounce: Up to five years imprisonment and fines of up to $75,000
  • Possession of half an ounce to five ounces: 18 months to five years imprisonment
  • Possession of more than five ounces: A fixed prison sentence of 10 to 20 years and fines of up to $500,000
  • Heroin Trafficking: Life in prison with a 25 year minimum term before parole eligibility. Up to $500,000 in fines
  • Selling in a School Zone: A fixed prison term and fines of up to $100,000

As you can see from the list of possible penalties, heroin charges in New Jersey are no joke. If you have been charged with possession or distribution, you literally have no time to waste in finding the right lawyer.

With a skilled criminal defense lawyer, a defendant has a much better chance of beating the charges or, perhaps, getting an alternative sentencing option, such as the Pre-Trial Intervention program. Attorney John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor who knows how the other side thinks and their actions in the past many years dealing with drug cases. Put that knowledge to work for you if you are facing drug charges in New Jersey. Mr. Tumelty is particularly knowledgeable about heroin and cocaine possession and distribution laws. He will fight to keep you out of jail.

If You Have Been Charged with Heroin Possession or Distribution in Atlantic or Cape May Counties, NJ, Contact a Lawyer for Free Today

The wrong lawyer can mean the difference between a rehab program (with no criminal record) and years behind the bars of a state prison. John W. Tumelty has the drug court experience, skill and knowledge you need to obtain the best outcome possible for your unique situation. He will be your greatest advocate throughout the entire process. He will fight to protect your rights, keep you out of jail and keep your record clean. Mr. Tumelty serves clients in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township and throughout New Jersey.

Contact him today for a free, confidential consultation by telephone or in one of his three conveniently located South Jersey offices in Atlantic City, Marmora and Somers Point.

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Seasoned criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has three conveniently located offices in Atlantic City, Somers Point and Marmora, NJ. He serves clients in Atlantic, Ocean, Gloucester and Cape May counties and the Jersey Shore, including: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May, Dennis Township, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Linwood, Lower Township, Margate, Middle Township, Northfield, Ocean City, Pleasantville, Sea Isle City, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Upper Township, Ventnor and Wildwood.