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

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights New Jersey Child Abuse Charges


If you’ve been charged with child abuse, it’s completely understandable if you are frightened and worried about how you are going to fight your charges. John W. Tumelty is a successful criminal defense lawyer who will fully investigate your case and put the full weight of his more than 30 years of experience to work defending your rights and protecting your freedom.

Mr. Tumelty knows, oftentimes, people are forced to face baseless accusations brought on by ex-spouses or someone else with a personal vendetta. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest and charges, your reputation and freedom are at stake. You need a sound defense strategy and the assistance of a lawyer who has a proven track record of fighting and winning the most difficult criminal cases in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Mr. Tumelty is a former prosecutor with a strong commitment to serving the best interests of his clients because he passionately believes that each and every one of his clients deserves an aggressive criminal defense.

NJ Prosecutors Crack Down on Child Abuse

One of the most frequent child abuse crimes in New Jersey is endangering the welfare of a child, which is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4. Since endangering the welfare of a child is classified as either a second or third degree felony, a conviction can result in serious penalties.

Other common child abuse charges in New Jersey include:

  • Child neglect: This can include dietary neglect that causes physical harm to the child.
  • Child abandonment: Parents and guardians have a legal obligation to take care of their children.
  • Child cruelty: A parent or guardian cannot treat their child in a cruel manner. If your conduct results in physical injury, disfigurement, or death, you are likely to face criminal charges.
  • Indecent acts: Performing indecent acts in front of a child may constitute a violation of the statute. This can include using profanity in the presence of the child.
  • Sexual assault: One of the worst violations of the law is engaging in sexual acts with a child. This can lead to additional charges like sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault.
  • Dangerous employment: You are not allowed to place, or allow the child to be placed, in dangerous employment positions.
  • Criminal activity: You cannot use a minor in the commission of a crime.
  • DWI: If you are arrested for a DWI while a minor is in your vehicle, you could face both DWI charges and child endangerment charges.

What Are the Penalties Associated with Child Abuse Charges?

  • Endangering the welfare of a child charges are classified as third degree felonies, which are punishable by between three and 10 years in NJ State Prison.
  • If the offender engaged in sexual conduct that impaired the morals of the child or abused or neglected the child in some way, the charges can be elevated to a second degree felony and punished by a sentence of between five and 10 years in state prison.
  • If you are convicted of child abuse in New Jersey, you may be required to register with the Child Abuse Registry, forever marking you as a child abuser.
  • Additionally, you could lose custody of your children.
  • You might also find it difficult to get or maintain a job that involves children.
  • Perhaps worst of all, depending upon the circumstances of the offense, you could be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

Atlantic City Child Abuse Defense Attorney Helps You Avoid Conviction and Stay Out of Jail – Brigantine, Margate, Ventnor & Longport

A mere accusation of child abuse can destroy your reputation and wreak havoc on your personal life. Many marriages have been destroyed by allegations of child abuse – even when they were later found to be baseless allegations. Worse yet, NJ prosecutors often seek maximum punishments in these cases because the victims – children – are among society’s most vulnerable. As a result, if you or a loved one has been accused of child abuse in New Jersey, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to advocate on your behalf.

Let experienced Atlantic City criminal defense attorney John Tumelty fight for you. Mr. Tumelty knows what it takes to help clients avoid criminal convictions and keep their permanent records clean. From the moment you are charged, Mr. Tumelty will do everything possible to get your sex crime charges dismissed. If the case goes to trial, Mr. Tumelty’s 30 years of experience as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney will give him an edge in the courtroom. Call or email Mr. Tumelty today to schedule a free consultation at one of his conveniently located offices in 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.