Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.345.3300

Former Prosecutor

Now Fighting for You

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

FORMER PROSECUTOR

NOW FIGHTING FOR YOU.

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

RECENT DWI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE RESULTS

STATE v. HENDRICKS — NEW JERSEY MURDER TRIAL — “NOT GUILTY” VERDICT

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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Top DWI/DUI Myths

Top DWI/DUI Myths

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Battle-Tested South Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Defends Your DWI and Breathalyzer Refusal Charges


If you are driving on New Jersey roadways, get pulled over by law enforcement and are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI/DUI), you may be asked to take a chemical breath test (more commonly called a breathalyzer.) If you refuse to take the test, you may be charged with a serious crime: failure to submit to a breath test.

Experienced NJ criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has been fighting DWI charges and related breath test results for clients for over 30 years. Whether your charges related to breathalyzer results – you had a BAC (blood alcohol content or blood alcohol level) that is higher than the legal limit – or because you refused to take the breath test, Mr. Tumelty will fight your charges. Contact him today; your driver’s license and possibly your freedom depends on it.

Yes, You Must Agree to a Breath Test When a Cop Suspects DWI

In the State of New Jersey, we have what is known as “implied consent” as it relates to tests that prove DWI. Simply put, if a police officer suspects a driver of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they have an obligation to pull them over and administer a breath test. While legally you must submit to the test, an officer cannot force you to do so. Instead, they can charge you with refusing to take the breath test. When this happens, you are going to need a skilled Atlantic City criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court to defend the charges.

A former NJ deputy attorney general and former assistant prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Tumelty now focuses on defending good people, like you, who are fighting charges in South Jersey including Atlantic and Cape May counties. He will talk to you by phone or meet you in one of his three offices in Atlantic City, Marmora or Somers Point.

NJ Has Guidelines When it Comes to Refusal Laws

An officer must have probable cause to stop your car in the first place. Speeding, weaving or driving with a busted tail light provides probable cause to stop you. Additionally, the breath test must be conducted at the time of the traffic stop by an officer who has been trained and certified to operate the testing equipment.

If you do any of the following, you may be charged with refusal to take a breath test:

Keep Silent: When the police ask you to take a breathalyzer test, you do not have the right to remain silent.

Give Two Samples: The officer has a right to request you take the test twice. Failure to provide two samples is illegal.

Sufficient Breath Samples: If the defendant provides only a short sample, which happens when the driver either pretends to blow into the breathalyzer or does not supply a sufficient amount of breath to fill the chamber, the officer can charge the driver with refusal.

Waiting: The suspected driver must take the test in a timely fashion after being requested to do so. If they run or drive away or deliberately waste time before submitting to the test (insisting on making a phone call or using the restroom), refusal charges are likely.

Penalties for Breathalyzer Refusal

Penalties vary for DWI charges depending on the number of times you’ve been charged. For refusing to take the breath test, first time offenders face:

  • License suspension of seven months to a year
  • Mandatory alcohol education at a New Jersey Intoxicated Driving Resource Center
  • Court costs and fines
  • Ignition interlock device on your motor vehicle for six months to a year
  • Higher insurance premiums

If you have had previous multiple breathalyzer refusals or DUI convictions, another refusal will result in greater penalties including extended driver’s license suspension and ignition interlock device periods.

Plus, if you refuse a breathalyzer in a school zone or crossing, the penalties are also increased.

Contact Atlantic City, New Jersey John W. Tumelty to Help You Beat a DUI Charge after Refusing a Breathalyzer Test

You must have an experienced DWI attorney who can help fight your drunk driving charges especially if you refused to take a breathalyzer test. There are many ways a skilled criminal defense attorney like John Tumelty can challenge breath test results or charges of refusal. Perhaps the officer wasn’t properly trained or you weren’t pulled over for probable cause. There’s a possibility that you weren’t read your rights or that you didn’t understand your rights as they were presented to you. In any case, Mr. Tumelty will explore every angle to fight the charges against you.

If you are facing DUI/DWI charges or are facing any criminal charge in NJ, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. Seek the counsel of experienced NJ criminal defense attorney John W. Tumelty. Contact him now for a free consultation. He is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 609-345-3300.

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Atlantic County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1 S. NEW YORK AVENUE, SUITE 212
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

609.345.3300

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1616 PACIFIC AVENUE, SUITE 318
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

609.385.4010

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1555 ZION ROAD, SUITE 203
NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225

609.435.1435

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
539 SOUTH SHORE ROAD
MARMORA, NJ 08223

609.390.4600

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
3318 SIMPSON AVENUE
OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

609.385.4221

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

609.277.2786

Areas We Serve

Atlantic County Offices

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
539 SOUTH SHORE ROAD
MARMORA, NJ 08223

609.390.4600 Get Directions

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
3318 SIMPSON AVENUE
OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

609.385.4221 Get Directions

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

609.277.2786 Get Directions

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.