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

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Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

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Experienced for Over 30 years

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Atlantic City, New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights Robbery Charges


New Jersey law enforcement takes robbery charges very seriously. If you are convicted of robbery charges, you will likely be facing significant prison time in addition to other severe penalties. While stealing or theft involves taking something that doesn’t belong to you, robbery is a criminal offense that combines theft and physical force. In fact, you need only to have threatened physical force during the course of a theft to get charged with robbery in New Jersey.

If you or someone you love is facing robbery charges in Atlantic or Cape May counties or anywhere in South Jersey, contact an aggressive, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who will fight the charges. John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor in South Jersey. He knows how the other side thinks and operates when prosecuting robbery charges. He will put his 30 years of experience to work for you. Contact him today for a free consultation about your robbery charges.

What Criminal Actions Constitute Robbery in New Jersey?

During the course of a theft, including shoplifting, armed robbery and bank robbery, if a person uses force or intimidates another person by threatening to use force, prosecutors may levy robbery charges. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, timing is everything. The NJ law says that the physical force, or threatened physical force, “must occur in the course of committing a theft.”

In order to be charged with robbery in Atlantic City, Brigantine, Wildwood or anywhere across New Jersey, a person must be suspected of doing one of the following at the same time they are committing the theft.

  • Imposing force or inflict injury on another person
  • Threatening to hurt another person or making them fearful, in the moment, that they will suffer bodily harm
  • Committing or threatening to commit a first or second degree crime

The various degrees of criminal charges associated with robbery in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May counties are based on the extent of injuries sustained by the victim. Robbery is, generally speaking, a second degree felony. However, if the victim suffers significant injury or dies as a result of the physical force used during the commission of the robbery, you can be charged with robbery in the 1st Degree. If convicted of these charges, you may be facing as many as 20 years in NJ State Prison, in addition to other substantial penalties.

You can face robbery charges even if your attempt at theft was unsuccessful. The action or threats of physical force can include weapons such as guns or knives, other objects used as a weapon (even if they are not necessarily considered a “weapon” by definition, such as a heavy frying pan or motor vehicle), your own body as in kicking or punching another person, and even verbal threats. You may also face other criminal charges associated with robbery such as weapons possession and making terroristic threats.

Why You Need an Experienced Lawyer Like John Tumelty to Fight Your Robbery Charges in Atlantic City, NJ
Mr. Tumelty has been defending clients in South Jersey for over 30 years. Prior to that, he was a successful prosecutor. He understands how law enforcement attempts to establish guilt in felony cases. Further, he knows the life-changing impact a robbery conviction would have on you and your family. He will put his knowledge of the other side and his experience as a skilled criminal defense lawyer to work for you, fiercely protecting your rights and defending you against the charges you are facing.

Mr. Tumelty knows what it takes to prove a robbery charge in court:

  1. The prosecutor has to prove you committed or attempted to commit a theft
  2. The prosecutor has to prove you used force during the commission of the theft or that you threatened to use force
  3. Very importantly, the prosecutor has to prove that the force or threat of force occurred DURING the theft or as you were fleeing the scene of the actual theft
  4. Also, critical, the prosecutor needs to be able to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that your acts were intentional. You meant to commit a crime of the first or second degree.

John W. Tumelty will work tirelessly in an effort to dismantle the prosecutor’s case against you. Depending on the specifics of your case, there are many defenses Mr. Tumelty can raise. For example, if he can prove they have charged the wrong person, that’s an obvious defense. Also, he may be able to prove that you didn’t intend to commit the crime. He can argue the timing of the use or force or threat to use force. Mr. Tumelty can also raise the issue that you didn’t use force at all during the commission of the theft. The timing aspect of the NJ statute covering robbery might then allow him to negotiate a reduction in charges to simple theft.

Contact an Aggressive, Knowledgeable South Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Today for Free about Your Robbery Charges

John W. Tumelty has been successfully fighting robbery charges for clients in South Jersey for over 30 years. He will leave no stone unturned as he investigates your charges. He will review all documentation, including videos if available, and interview witnesses in an attempt to discredit them and more. He knows that if you are facing robbery charges, or have been accused of any other violent crime in New Jersey, your freedom is at stake.

Contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation about your robbery charges. He will fight tirelessly for your freedom and will protect your rights. He offers free consultations, by phone and in person at one of his three office locations in Atlantic City, Marmora and Somer’s Point.

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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.