Union County Juvenile Defense
A juvenile arrested in Berkeley Heights NJ will likely wind up in the Union County Superior Court – Family Part. The Berkeley Heights Municipal Court and the Superior Court – Criminal Part do not have jurisdiction over juvenile crimes. The most common juvenile arrests in Berkeley Heights are for marijuana, paraphernalia and CDS possession. Call now to speak with an experienced juvenile lawyer if your child was arrested in Berkeley Heights.
Berkeley Heights – NJ
erkeley Heights is situated in Central New Jersey, nestled in the Watchung Mountains. It was initially incorporated as New Providence Township in 1809 and became part of Union County in 1857. It obtained its present name in 1951. It is conveniently close to Newark International Airport.
For several years, this township has ranked prominently as one of the “Best Places to Live” according to the magazines New Jersey Monthly and Money.
It encompasses a total area of 6.3 square miles, practically all of which is land. At the time of 2010 census, it was home to 13,183 people. There were 4,562 housing units in 2000 with a median value of $324,600. The estimated median house or condo value rose in 2009 to $575,640. The January 2011 cost of living index was 21% higher than the national average.
The most common ancestries are Italian (25.4%), Irish (22.5%), German (17.3%), English (9.0%), Polish (5.7%), and Russian (4.7%). The ethnic composition in 2000 was 89.65% White, 7.87% Asian, 3.68% Hispanic or Latino of any race and 1.11% African American. There are 1,855 foreign-born residents (5.6% Asia, 5.2% Europe, 2.6% Latin America).
People between the ages of 25 to 64 represented 52.6% of the population. Those under the age of 18 were 26.8%. Residents aged 65 and over accounted for 16.4%. The median age was 40 years.
A high percentage (41.5%) of the 4,479 households had children younger than 18 living with them. Almost two thirds (74.1%) of the households were composed of married couples living together. Households made up of non-families and individuals represented 17.0% and 14.8%, respectively.
The median household income in 2000 was $107,716. This rose to an estimated $127,512 in 2009. Likewise, the per capita income increased from $43,981 in 2000 to an estimated $56,104 in 2009. There were about 3,800 families with a median income of $118,862. Males had a median income about 65% higher than females ($83,175 versus $50,022). Approximately 2.1% of the population was below the poverty line.
Berkeley Heights Crime & Education Data
The Police Department is comprised of 24 full time police officers, 4 full time dispatchers and a civilian support staff. The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 103 major crimes in 2010. This results in a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 7.8 and a violent rate of 0.1. There were no murders, rapes, robberies or bias crimes. The reports included 1 assault, 19 burglaries, 37 cases of domestic violence, and 30 cases of police force.
The 2010 data for highest educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that 5.72% did not complete high school versus 20.00% who did. Those with some college or associate’s degree represented 19.56%. Holders of a bachelor’s degree were 30.48% versus 20.65% statewide. Those with a graduate degree were 24.23% versus 12.05% statewide.
From 2005 to 2009, about half the males engaged in finance and insurance (22%), professional, scientific, and technical services (13%), manufacturing (10%) and retail trade (9%). Females worked in educational services (22%), professional, scientific, and technical services (15%), and health care and social assistance (14%).