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

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Atlantic City, NJ Lawyer Defends Clients Facing Possession of Firearms for Unlawful Purposes Charges

It is actually quite easy to get charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in New Jersey. This is because just about anything can be considered a weapon, including imitation firearms (fake guns), bats, razor blades and slingshots. An altercation can turn from a relatively insignificant fist fight into a third degree offense in Atlantic or Cape May counties in New Jersey if an individual is found to have a razor blade or knife in his possession.

Prosecutors seek the maximum penalties in cases involving weapons offenses. If you have been charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, it is essential that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, we have successfully defended even the most difficult weapons charges including carrying a handgun without a permit. Mr. Tumelty’s experience as a former prosecutor gives him insight into the prosecution’s tactics when it comes to cases involving illegal possession of a firearm. He uses this knowledge to attack their case and get you the best possible outcome.

Why You Need a Skilled & Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer on Your Side

Mr. Tumelty knows the alternative sentencing options available to first time offenders, such as the Pre-Trial Intervention Program. If you qualify, PTI will keep your record clean. Even if PTI is not an option for you, there are many lines of defense when charged with a weapons offense. This is a complex area of the law, and only a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney will know how to use these complexities to your advantage. Mr. Tumelty serves clients in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor and Ocean Township, and throughout New Jersey.

Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose: N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4
A firearms charge is the harshest under this statute. This is a second degree charge and carries a prison term of 5 to 10 years. In addition, as this charge falls under the “Graves Act” there is a mandatory period of parole ineligibility (a minimum of three years).

Weapons other than firearms come with a third degree charge. This charge carries a prison term of three to five years.

Imitation firearms will get you a second degree charge. You will spend up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

Rely on Lawyer John Tumelty to Fight Your Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes Charges in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May Counties

New Jersey has some of the strictest gun and weapons laws in the country. If you have been charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, the state will try to punish you to the fullest extent of the law. However, there are a multitude of defenses that can be used to lessen the charges or get your case dismissed entirely. First of all, The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the you actually possessed a weapon and that you used it, or intended to use it, for an unlawful purpose.

A skilled attorney will raise every possible defense against this charge. Were your Constitutional rights violated during the arrest? Were all procedures followed correctly? If there is any doubt, Mr. Tumelty will use it to your advantage. Weapons charges are a serious matter. Having a conviction on your record can make it difficult to get a job or housing in the future. Don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong attorney.

Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty if You Have Been Charged with Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes

At the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, we have experience defending even the most complex weapons charges. Our experience, understanding and knowledge have allowed us to successfully defend clients in all types of criminal cases for over 30 years. If you or someone you love has received any type of weapons charges, contact Mr. Tumelty today for a free consultation in one of our three offices in Atlantic City, Somers Point or Marmora, NJ. You may call our office at 609-345-3300 or fill out this confidential contact form and our legal team will contact you shortly.

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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.