Lawyer for Union County Juvenile Court
If you have received a notice from the Superior Court scheduling your child for a “plea hearing”, your best move is to speak with an experienced defense lawyer right away. Juveniles arrested in Union County face penalties including driver’s license suspension, probation, and possible confinement.
About Union County – New Jersey
Union County in the state of New Jersey is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. It was formed in 1857 from portions of Essex County. Its county seat is in Elizabeth. It has total area of 105 square miles, only 2.06% of which is water.
According to the 2010 census, there were 536,499 residents, up from 522,541 in 2000. It has a very high population density (more than 5,000 people per square mile).
In 2000, there were about 193,000 housing units, 51% of which were renter-occupied.
The median apartment contract rent in 2009 was $951. The median house or condo value in 2000 was $185,200. This increased to an estimated $381,800 in 2009. The January 2011 cost of living index was 25.4% higher than the national average.
The most common ancestries are Italian (13%), Irish (9%), Polish (7%) and German (7%).
The majority of their descendants reside in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Westfield, Summit, Cranford, Kenilworth, Clark, Linden, Union, Springfield and Scotch Plains. Portuguese descendants (3%) are concentrated in Elizabeth, with smaller numbers in Roselle Park, Linden, Rahway and Plainfield. These communities also have a fast-growing Hispanic population.
The ethnic composition was 65.51% White, 20.78% Black or African American, 19.71% Hispanic or Latino of any race and 3.83% Asian. There are 130,916 foreign-born residents, 45% of whom are naturalized citizens. The most usual places of birth are Colombia (10%), Portugal (8%), Cuba (6%), Poland (5%), Haiti (5%), El Salvador (5%) and Peru (4%).
Median age was 37 years. People between the ages of 25 and 64 represented 53.40%. Those under the age of 18 and 65 years and over were 24.90% and 13.80%, respectively.
Out of the 186,124 households, 34.00% had children under 18 living with them. More than half (52.60%) of the households were married couples living together. Households composed of non-families were 28.40%.
Median household income in 2000 was $55,339. This rose to an estimated $65,250 in 2009. Median family income was $65,234. Male median income was $44,544 versus $32,487 for females. The per capita income was $26,992. The county ranks 74th in per capita income and 93rd among the highest income counties nationwide. About 8.40% of the population was below the poverty line.
Union County Criminal Defense
The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 14,755 major crimes in 2010. The crime rate per 1,000 residents 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 occurred in Elizabeth City. It was followed by Plainfield City, Linden City and Union Township.
The 2000 data on educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that 29.7% completed high school. Those with some college or associate’s degree represented 21.1%. Holders of a bachelor’s degree were 17.6%. Those with a graduate degree were 10.9%.
Most employment is provided by educational, health and social services (18.4%), manufacturing (15.0%), professional, scientific, management, administrative and waste management services (11.4%), and retail trade (10.2%).