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 Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights to Get Your Name Removed from Megan’s Law Sex Offender Registries


If you are convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey, you will be facing more than the threat of heavy fines, time behind bars and a criminal record. In fact, while the emotional toll and public embarrassment are extremely difficult to bear, having to register as a sex offender, according to Megan’s Law, may very well impact you in all areas of your life for a long time to come.

In Atlantic and Cape May counties and throughout all of New Jersey, judges and juries are exceptionally hard on individuals charged with these sex crimes. Skilled Atlantic City criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has over 30 years of experience successfully defending all types of criminal cases, from sex crimes to traffic violations. Further, he has extensive experience with Megan’s Law, the guideline for the national sex offender registry. If you’ve been charged with any kind of sex crime, you may be subjected to Megan’s Law. Contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation about your charges and the possibility of getting your name removed from sex offender registries.

Megan’s Law Requirements Can Haunt You for 10 Years or More

Many New Jerseyans remember the horrific events of mid-1994 when a seven-year-old girl named Megan Kanka was raped and brutally murdered by a neighbor in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ. Megan’s parents, her entire community and people throughout the entire country were horrified to learn that Megan’s convicted murderer had previously pled guilty to a similar crime elsewhere in New Jersey years before.

Reasoning that knowing that information might have made a difference to their family, Mr. and Mrs. Kanka worked tirelessly with New Jersey lawmakers to create what became Megan’s Law. The Sexual Offender Act of 1994 became a federal law requiring anyone convicted of sex crimes against children to notify local law enforcement of any change of address or employment after release from custody (prison or psychiatric facility). Residents would then have access to those lists and police would be aware of the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders.

If you are facing sex charges in New Jersey, Megan’s Law should be a serious concern for you. If you are convicted and are required to register with the national sex offender registry, the notification requirement may be imposed for a fixed period of time—usually at least 10 years—or permanently.

Mr. Tumelty represents clients facing criminal charges in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township and throughout New Jersey. If you are facing sex charges or need information about Megan’s Law, contact him right away.

Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer Handles Megan’s Law Appeals in New Jersey’s Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Megan’s Law applies to adults and juveniles alike. However, certain restrictions are different based on the offender’s age. For example, lifetime parole supervision only applies to adults.

Individuals who are obligated to register under Megan’s Law are held to certain requirements. Many of these requirements place the individual in the public spotlight, such as posting his or her name, and photograph, on a nationwide sex offender registry. Some of the possible Megan’s Law requirements are listed below:

  • Register with the police at regular intervals; either every 90 days or annually
  • Lifetime parole supervision (only applies to adult-offenders)
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Curfews
  • Certain restrictions on computer use
  • Possible restrictions on relocating out of state

In addition, there are different levels of Megan’s Law, depending on the severity of the individual’s crime. Tier 1 is the lowest (least serious) level and Tier 3 is the highest (most serious) level. These levels impact various Megan’s Law requirements, such as the extent to which a community is informed of a registrant’s information.

If You Are Being Subjected to Megan’s Law, Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

Megan’s Law requirements and all of the related regulations governing sex offender registries are extremely complex. Relief is sometimes available and with the right legal representation, you may be able to get your name removed from a Megan’s Law-imposed sex offender registry.

If “clear and convincing” evidence shows that the offender no longer poses a threat, removal may occur after a petition has been filed with the court. Don’t try to do this alone. Contact a highly skilled criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. John W. Tumelty knows these laws; put his knowledge and experience to work for you. He will fight to protect your rights, and your reputation.

Contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation by phone or in person at one of his three office locations in Atlantic City, Marmora or 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.