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Defense Attorney for Union County Juvenile Charges

02
Apr
2012

by in Juvenile Defense

Elizabeth Juvenile Court Lawyer

If your child has been scheduled for a court hearing in the Union County Family Court, speak with an experienced defense attorney.  Juvenile charges can have very adult-like consequences such as detention, probation, and license suspension. However, juveniles also have many of the same constitutional protections as adults. These include the right to a trial, the right against self-incrimination and the right against unreasonable searches. Give my office a call for a consultation on your child’s case.

Union County Criminal Data

The Superior Court is located at 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth. Phone: 908-659-4600. Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Assignment Judge: Karen M. Cassidy. Prosecutor: Theodore Romankow.

The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 14,755 major crimes in 2010. Per 1,000 residents, the crime rate was 27.5 and the violent rate 4.7. There were 25 murders, 74 rapes, 1,347 robberies, 1,057 assaults; 2,419 burglaries, 3,927 cases of domestic violence, 15 bias crimes and 1,694 cases of police force. The highest number of major crimes and violent rate took place in Elizabeth City.

Union County – New Jersey

Union County was created in 1857 from sections of Essex County. Its county seat is in Elizabeth, New Jersey’s third largest city. It is home to one the country’s largest container shipping ports and of Liberty International Airport, one of America’s busiest airports.

It has a territory of 105 square miles, which as per the 2010 census had 536,499 inhabitants. It is one of the highest populated counties of the nation with over 5,000 persons per square mile.

As of the 2000 census, 51% of its 12,945 housing units were renter-occupied. City-data 2009 estimates for median apartment contract rent and median house/condo value were $951 and $381,800, respectively. The January 2011 cost of living index was 25.4% higher than the country’s average.

The 2000 census revealed that the median family income was $65,234. Males had a median income 37% higher than females ($44,544 versus $32,487). The per capita income was $26,992. Median household income was $55,339, rising to an estimated $65,250 in 2009 according to City-data.  About 8.40% of the population lived below the poverty line. Forbes established that Union County pays the second-highest property taxes of all counties nationwide.

This county has a diverse ethnic composition made up of Italian Americans (13%), Irish Americans (8%), Polish and German Americans (7% each). As of the 2000 census, 65.51% of the population was White, 20.78% African American, 19.71% Hispanic or Latino of any race and 3.83% Asian. Almost half of the 130,916 foreign-born residents are naturalized citizens. They usually come from Colombia (10%), Portugal (8%), and Cuba (6%).

Of the 186,124 households registered in the 2000 census, a fourth had minors living with them. More than half were married couples living together. The median age was 37 years. Minors represented 24.90% and seniors 13.80%.

As per City-data of residents 25 years old and over, almost 80% have a high school degree or higher and about a third hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The most common industries in 2009 for males were Construction (10%), Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%), and Finance and insurance (7%). Females engaged mostly in Health care (15%) and Educational services (14%). More than 80% of the population works in the private sector.

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