Elizabeth Juvenile Arrests
Elizabeth Police take juveniles into custody on a regular basis. The most common juvenile charges in Elizabeth are possession of marijuana and other drugs. Juveniles in Elizabeth are sometimes charges with more serious offenses. I have defended juveniles and adults in a variety of criminal matters across the state. If your child has been questioned or charged by the police, your best move is to speak with an experienced defense lawyer right away.
All juvenile criminal cases in Union County are held at the Union County Superior Court. The Family Part of the Superior Court hears these cases, which are more formal than what a typical disorderly persons offense for an adult would be. In practice, the process is much more similar to adult criminal court.
Elizabeth – New Jersey
Elizabeth City, originally called “Elizabethtown”, and was founded in 1665. In 1855, it was created as a city. Two years later, it became part of Union County. It is the county seat. Its total area of 13.464 square miles is home to 124,969 people as of the 2010 census. It is ranked as the fourth city with the largest population.
In 2008, it was the only city in New Jersey selected as one of “America’s 50 Greenest Cities” by Popular Science magazine. It houses the largest industrial seaport in the country and Newark/Elizabeth Liberty International Airport.
The most common ancestries are Portuguese (5.5%), Italian (5.0%), Polish (3.5%), West Indian (3.3%), and Irish (3.3%). The ethnic composition in 2010 was 21.08% African America, 54.65% White, and 59.50% Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 43.9% foreign-born residents versus 17.5% statewide. A third of them come from Latin America (mostly from Colombia).
The age breakdown of the population in 2010 was 25.6% under 18 years old, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% 65 years or older. The median age was 33.2 years.
In 2010, more than a third (37.0%) of the 41,596 households had minors living with them. Households composed of married couples living together or headed by a female with no husband present accounted for 32.9%.and 22.0%, respectively. Non-families and individuals made up 29.5% and 23.5%, respectively.
The estimated median household income in 2009 was $41,312 up from $35,175 in 2000. Likewise, the per capita rose from $15,114 to $17,985. The median family income was $38,370. Male median income was $30,757 versus $23,931 for females. About 17.8% of the population was below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those aged 65 or over.
The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $329,300, up from $154,600 in 2000. The January 2011 cost of living index was 21.5% higher than the national average.
Elizabeth Juvenile Criminal Defense
In 2010, the Police Department had 425 full-time law enforcement employees, including 341 police officers. The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 6,182 major crimes in 2009. This results in a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 49.5 and a violent rate of 11.2. There were no bias crimes. The 2009 reports included 13 murders, 42 rapes, 762 robberies, 581 assaults, 926 burglaries, 723 cases of domestic violence, and 425 cases of police force.
Independent data for 2010, which do not consider bias crimes, domestic violence or police force, show 13 murders, 42 rapes, 760 robberies, 577 assaults, 924 burglaries; 2,665 thefts, 12 arsons and 1,145 motor vehicle thefts.
The 2010 data for highest educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that 32.91% did not complete high school versus 34.85% who did. Those with some college or associate’s degree represented 18.60%. Holders of a bachelor’s degree were 8.91% versus 20.65% statewide. Those with a graduate degree were 4.74% versus 12.05% statewide.
From 2005 to 2009, males engaged in construction (10%), accommodation and food services; other transportation and support activities and couriers, and truck transportation (5% each). Females worked in health care (13%), educational services (9%), and accommodation and food services (7%).