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

If you’re facing a DWI or DUI charge in New Jersey, you’ve probably heard several myths about your rights or what to do now that you’re charged with drunk or otherwise impaired driving. This post addresses some of the top DWI/DUI myths:Continue Reading

Juveniles Tried As Adults

Juveniles Tried As Adults

If an individual younger than 18 years old commits a crime in New Jersey, it is called a “juvenile crime.” The minor individual may face legal consequences in a New Jersey juvenile court.Continue Reading

Atlantic City, NJ Attorney Will Defend You When You are Facing Eluding Police Charges


Eluding a police officer is a very serious crime in New Jersey, but one which is relatively difficult to prove. In order to get a conviction, the prosecution must prove that you knowingly tried to flee or purposely didn’t stop your vehicle when signaled by a police officer to do so. This is not an easy task. What if you didn’t stop your vehicle because you didn’t see the police officer? What if you ran off during police questioning because you were scared or confused about what was going on?

The laws in New Jersey make it a crime to ignore a police officer’s signal to stop your vehicle or to flee on foot during an encounter with law enforcement. There are multiple reasons why an individual might attempt to elude the police. Common reasons for fleeing are:

  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

If you have received charges for eluding a police officer, it’s important that you do not take them lightly. There are two degrees of eluding police, third and second, which can easily be escalated as the case unfolds. If you do not have skilled legal representation, you could wind up in prison for a long, long, time. Contact the Law Office of John W. Tumelty for sound legal advice. Mr. Tumelty will defend you against any criminal charges in Atlantic or Cape May counties and throughout New Jersey.

Seasoned Lawyer Represents Clients Charged with Eluding Police in Atlantic and Ocean Counties and Surrounding New Jersey Communities

Third degree eluding happens when you knowingly flee or refuse to stop your vehicle when signaled to do so. If convicted, you can face up to five years in prison. It can get even worse than that. If law enforcement states that they had to pursue you in a vehicle, and that the pursuit caused a risk of injury to others, you can be charged with second degree eluding. If convicted, you may spend up to 10 years in prison.

What if you did not see the officer and were driving fast for the sake of driving fast? While speeding is also against the law, the difference between speeding/reckless driving charges and a second degree eluding crime is quite dramatic. It’s an issue of fines and points on your driving record vs. 10 years in prison. Don’t make the mistake of hiring inexperienced legal representation. Criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor who knows how the other side thinks. He has been successfully defending all types of criminal cases, from resisting arrest to illegal vehicle searches to murder, for over 30 years.

A highly skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney can help you get the most favorable outcome possible. Mr. Tumelty’s experience as a former prosecutor gives him a distinct advantage. He knows how they work and can anticipate their next move. Mr. Tumelty will find the weaknesses in their case and fight tirelessly to get your charges reduced or thrown out entirely.

Even if the courts decide you did knowingly flee, a strong attorney can keep you out of jail. If, for example, you are charged with third degree eluding and have no prior criminal history, you may be eligible for the Pre-Trial Intervention program (PTI). This program serves to rehabilitate, rather than punish. Most importantly, it keeps you out of jail and keeps your record clean.

If You Have Been Charged with Eluding a Police Officer, Contact John Tumelty right away for a free consultation about your case

When you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you should hire an experienced attorney immediately. John W. Tumelty 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 consultation about your case. He has offices in Atlantic City, Marmora and Somers Point, NJ.

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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.