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25
Jul
2011

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Freehold Criminal Defense

A lot of criminal cases are heard in Freehold courts. With the Superior Court for Monmouth County and two municipal courts all within 3 miles of  each other a lot of drug arrests and other criminal charges wind up in Freehold’s courts. My main office is located in Freehold, just minutes from each court. If you are facing charges after an arrest, drug or criminal charge, call now to speak with a Freehold criminal defense attorney.

Most of the crime in the Freehold area relates to NJ CDS / drug possession and shoplifting. Freehold is home to the Freehold Raceway mall and several strip malls. Lots of stores equals lots of theft and shoplifting. New Jersey law is strict on shoplifters, especially those with multiple offenses. The most common CDS charge in Freehold is possession of marijuana.

Freehold Criminal Court

The Monmouth County Superior Court has jurisdiction over all indictable criminal offenses committed in Monmouth County. The Criminal Case Management Office is located in the East Wing, 1st Floor of the Courthouse. The Courthouse’s address is 71 Monument Park, Freehold, New Jersey 07728. The criminal courtrooms are on the second floor of the East and West wing.

The Freehold Township Municipal Court is located at the intersection of Stillwells Corner Road and Schank Road. The Freehold Borough Municipal Court is located at 38 Jackson Street in downtown Freehold (off 537). The municipal courts have jurisdiction over all Freehold disorderly persons offenses and traffic tickets. Disorderly persons offenses in Freehold include harassment, simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.

All Freehold juvenile charges are heard in the Family Part of the Superior Court.

Freehold – New Jersey

Freehold was originally named Monmouth Courthouse. What is now known as Freehold Borough was initially incorporated as a town in 1869 from segments within Freehold Township. In 1888 it became independent of the township and in 1919 was finally incorporated as borough taking in all of Freehold and other portions of Freehold Township. In 1926, further segments of the Freehold Township were added. It is the county seat of Monmouth County.

According to the last census, the population of the borough was 10,976. The population estimated for 2003 was 11,465, and as of 2010 it stands at 11,072. The number of households and families residing in the borough in 2000 were 3,695 and 2,571, respectively.

The residents of this borough report their ancestry as follows: Mexican 17%, Black or African American 16%, Irish 15%, which represents almost half. Approximately a fourth is represented by Italian (8%), German (8%) and Puerto Rican 6%. In 2010, the major racial composition of Freehold Borough was the following: White 63.40%, Black or African American 15.29%, Hispanic 39.03% (more than twice the state and national percentages).

FBI’s records for 2003 show the number of violent crimes reported by this agency at 55, with 2 murders and homicides for a total violent crime rate of 4.8 per 1,000 people. Independent, non-official figures for 2000 reveal a total crime risk index of 131 compared to 100 nationally and 73 for the state. This significantly high statistic, broken down per categories and compared to state figures, shows a larceny risk index of 190 vs. 62, rape and 100 robbery risk indexes 168 each vs. 39 and 108, respectively, assault risk index 162 vs. 62, burglary risk index 110 vs. 66, murder risk index 87 vs.84. Only the risk of motor vehicle theft is lower than the state (53 vs. 76).

The above could explain the almost average quality of life index of 107. The only index that is significantly higher than the state figure is the restaurant index with the medical index surpassing the national, but no the state. The education index at 87 is far below the state figure of 135. The Borough has four schools covering the population from PreK to 8th grade and one High School.

Almost a fifth of the population age 25 and over has not completed high school, according to statistics for 2010. The largest group, comprised by 34.14%, has completed high school. The percentages of those who have completed some college, or attained a bachelors or graduate degree are all quite below state percentages.

The median age of this borough’s population is 32.40 with more than half between the ages of 18 to 54. The percentages of age groups between 55 and 85 are all below the state figures. The median value of owner households with no mortgage in 2010 was $186,694 vs. $250,242 the state figure. The median household income for the same year stood at $63,161 (also lower than for the state but around 10% higher than for the nation).

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