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Atlantic City Sexual Assault Lawyer Fights Sex Crime Charges


A sex crime conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even a mere allegation of sexual assault can have long-lasting consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence and a reputation as a sex offender that will follow you long after you are released. Since your freedom and your good name are on the line, it is imperative that you speak with a skilled criminal defense lawyer who is ready to do battle for you both inside and outside the courtroom.

John W. Tumelty is a former state prosecutor with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice. He is also a former assistant county prosecutor who served with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Trial Section, and prosecuted major felony crimes such as aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault. Now he represents criminal defendants charged with sex crimes, including sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and child pornography.

What Constitutes “Sexual Assault” in the State of New Jersey?

Sexual assault refers broadly to any sexual encounter in which one person does not offer consent. The use of physical force or coercion against a rape victim is considered sexual assault. These charges are addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2. A sexual assault charge can be brought in a number of situations, including:

  • When an individual is accused of sexual contact with a person under the age of 13
  • When a person is accused of committing an act of sexual penetration with a victim between the ages of 13 and 16
  • When the offender was related to the victim or was in a position of control over the victim and the victim was between the ages of 16 and 18

Sexual assault offenses are classified as second degree felonies. This means that an offender is subject to a term of incarceration of between five and 10 years in NJ State Prison. Additionally, if you are accused of using a weapon during the commission of a sexual assault in New Jersey, you may face enhanced penalties. Beyond that, sexual assault charges are often accompanied by kidnapping charges, which can lead to more severe penalties.

Do Not Risk Your Future or Your Freedom; Speak with an Experienced New Jersey Sexual Assault Attorney Today

If you are facing sexual assault charges in New Jersey, you need a knowledgeable attorney to represent you and fight for your freedom. Whether you have been accused of date rape, forcible rape, or statutory rape, an experienced attorney can potentially raise viable defenses, such as consent or lack of knowledge of incapacity to consent, on your behalf.

The Law Offices of John W. Tumelty represents clients facing sexual assault charges in South Jersey, including Cape May and Atlantic counties. John Tumelty is a skilled criminal defense lawyer who is fully prepared to contest the evidence in your case if there are any issues with the procedures used by police and prosecutors or if the DNA evidence is inadmissible. Mr. Tumelty also knows how to undermine the credibility of opposing witnesses at trial. Call or email him today to discuss your case either over the phone or at one of his offices in Marmora and Somers Point.

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