Defense Attorney for Belleville Drug Possession Arrests
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Belleville Municipal Court
The Municipal Court is located at 152 Washington Avenue, Belleville. Phone: (973)-450-3320. Sessions: Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.; Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Judges: Chief Judge, Hon. Frank J. Zinna, P.J.M.C.; Hon. Karen M. Smith, J.M.C. Prosecutor, Joseph C. Angelo, Esq.; Assistant Prosecutor, John E. Cerza, Esq.
In 2010, the Police Department consisted of 109 full-time law enforcement employees, including 99 police officers.
The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 830 major crimes in 2010. This results in a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 23.1 and a violent rate of 2.1. There were no murders. The reports included 1 rape, 35 robberies, 39 assaults, 159 burglaries, 190 incidents of domestic violence, 2 bias crimes, and 109 cases of police force.
Independent data, which does not consider bias crimes, domestic violence or police force, show 466 thefts, 130 auto thefts, and 1 arson.
Belleville – New Jersey
Belleville, known as “Second River” or “Washington” in its inception, was renamed “Belleville” in 1797. It was incorporated as a township in 1839. In 1874, it was created as a city within the township and dissolved in 1876. In 1910, Belleville was reincorporated as a town, adopting its present township form of government in 1981.
It has 3.34 square miles, peopled by almost 36,000 thousand inhabitants. The population density is high at about 10,755 persons per square mile, as of the 2010 census. There were 9,001 families and 14,327 housing units. City-data estimated the median house or condo value in 2009 at $310,289. The January 2011 cost of living index was 18.0% higher than the national average.
The 2006-2010 American Community Survey of the Census Bureau estimated (with a 2%-4% margin of error) showed that the median household income was $60,127 and the median family income $69,181. Males had a median income of $46,656 versus $42,237 for females. The per capita income was $2,668 (+/- $1,357). (All the figures are in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars). About 6.0% of the population lived below the poverty level.
The principal ancestries are Italian (30.9%), Irish (9.4%), German (6.9%), and Polish (4.5%), according to City-data. The racial and ethnic composition, as of the 2010 census, was 60.55% White, 9.12% African American, 12.00% Asian, and 39.34% Hispanic or Latino. The percentage of foreign-born residents was significantly higher than the state average (26.8% versus 17.5%).
Of the 13,395 households, as of the 2010 census, 30.5% had minors living with them. Married couples living together represented 44.3%. Households composed of non-families and of individuals were 32.8% and 27.0%. Female householders with no husband present accounted for 16.7%. The median age was 37.2 years.
The 2010 census data for highest educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that holders of a bachelor’s degree or higher were below state levels (17.36% and 6.44% versus 20.65% and 12.05%). More than 36.00% had completed high school. Those with some college or associate degree were 22.08%.
The industries in which males engaged from 2005 to 2009 were Manufacturing (13%), Retail trade (12%), Transportation and warehousing (11%), Other services, except public administration (7%), and Health care and social assistance (7%). Females worked in Health care and social assistance (23%), Educational services (14%), and Retail trade (10%).