Highlands NJ Criminal Defense
Highlands criminal charges and alcohol seem to go hand in hand a lot. Though a small town, a lot of arrests are made for Highlands DWI and Highlands drug charges. If you have been arrested in Highlands, call to speak with a defense attorney before appearing in court.
Atlantic Highlands and Highlands are not the same town, and they do not have the same municipal court. This is a common source of confusion for out-of-towners. The most common criminal offenses in Highlands are for possession of marijuana and alcohol related offenses for harassment, assault, and domestic violence.
Highlands, New Jersey
Highlands, a borough in Monmouth County, was incorporated in 1900 from segments of Middletown Township. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total area of 1.3 square miles is made up by 57.58% land and 42.42% water. The town is located on the Shrewsbury River and Sandy Hook Bay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern part of the town.
According to the Census Bureau, the borough population in 2000 was 5,097. Non-official estimates for 2003 place it at 5,367. The main ancestry groups indicated by Highlands residents include: Irish 17%, Italian 16%, German 14% and Polish 7%. Present racial composition of the population is 92.7% White, with very low percentages of Black or African Americans and Hispanics (1.61% and 6.13%, respectively) that contrast with the state percentages of 13.27% and 16.98%.
For 2003, the number of violent crimes registered by the FBI was 16 with no murders or homicides. Independent statistics for 2010 report a total crime risk index of 46 vs. 73 for the state. Out of the categories that comprise the total crime risk, only the burglary risk index is higher than the state’s at 84 vs. 66. Robbery, murder and motor vehicle theft risks are significantly lower than the state figures (15 vs. 108, 13 vs. 84 and 29. vs. 76, respectively).
The median household income in 2000 was $45,692, which is slightly above the average national household income of $41,994. The estimated median household income in 2009 was $72,552, which descended to $63.158 in 2010. About a fifth of the borough’s residents fall into the $50,000 to $74,999 income bracket. Unemployment rate as of 2010 stands at 5.7%. Approximately 11.5% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line in 2000. This figure includes 20.0% of residents below 18 years old and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.
The median age of Highlands’ residents is 40.20, making them in average 3 to 4 years older than the state and nation’s population. Out of the population 25 years old and above, only 8.92% have not completed high school. Approximately equal percentages have some college or have completed a bachelor’s degree, accounting for 40.90% of this group of the population. Both percentages compare well with state and national figures. An important percentage (10.74%) has completed a graduate degree.
About half of the residents own at least one vehicle, a figure quite above the state level (48.45% vs. 34.21%) and more than a third own two vehicles. The estimated median value of a house or condo in 2009 was $294,260, more than twice the value in 2000 which was $127,200.
The most common industries represented in Highland are: retail trade (16%), professional, scientific and technical services 12%, construction 10% and finance and insurance 10%. The borough counts with a fairly large Police Department, which in 2009 had 18 full-time enforcement employees including 14 officers.
Highlands Traffic Court
Highlands Municipal Court Address:
Highlands Municipal Court
171 Bay Ave
Highlands, NJ 07732
Speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing a Highlands DUI, drug charge or criminal arrest.