Long Branch Drug Charges
Long Branch Police regularly make arrests for both straight possession of CDS – NJSA 2C:35-10, and possession with intent and distribution, NJSA 2C:35-5. While most of these arrests are for marijuana possession, oxycontin, cocaine and heroin possession charges are also common in Long Branch. Many of these arrests occur after traffic stops where the officer smells marijuana, or after someone is search incidental to arrest on another charge like a Long Branch DWI. I have represented both adults and juveniles accused of Long Branch criminal charges. Call now to speak with a local defense attorney.
Long Branch – New Jersey
Long Branch, a city in Monmouth County, is located on the Atlantic Ocean. It was formed in 1867 from portions of Ocean Township and was incorporated a city in 1903. In accordance with the United States Census Bureau, it has a total area of 6.2 square miles, of which almost 85% is land, making it the largest city of the county. As of the last census in 2000, the population was 30,719. By 2003, estimates place this figure at 31,523. The population has continued increasing and in 2009 it stood at 32,989. With regards to crime, the number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 139 with only one murder or homicide. The violent crime rate was 4.4 per 1,000 people.
Out of the 12,594 households counted in the last census, 27% had children under the age of 18 living with them. Households not composed of families represented 42.4% of the population. Individuals who were 65 years of age or older living alone accounted for 10.5%. The major ancestry groups reported by Long Branch residents include: Black or African American – 19%, Italian – 17%, Irish – 11%, Puerto Rican – 9%, German – 6% and Mexican – 5%. The statistics produced by the 2000 census showed that the racial composition of Long Branch was largely composed of 68.03% White, 20.67% Hispanic or Latino of any race and 18.66% African American.
The median age of the population of this city was 35 years. Approximately a quarter of the residents were under the age of 18, and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The estimated unemployment rate was 7.4% in 2000. By March of this year, the unemployment rate had climbed to 11.0% compared to 9.6% for the state. With a median income for a household of $38,651, approximately 13.9% of the families and 16.7% of the total population of Long Branch were below the poverty line. These figures include 23.4% of those under 18 and 13.3% of those aged 65 or over. In 2009, the highest percentage of residents living in poverty belonged to Hispanic or Latino (22.0%), followed by Black residents (19.5%).
The estimated median household income has gone up to $51,522 in 2009. This increase has also been reflected in the estimated median house or condo value, which increased from $138,800 in 2000 to $366,651 nine years later. On the matter of education, the population 25 years and over of Long Branch, only 7.2% has a graduate or professional degree and 20.2% a bachelor’s degree. The percentage of population with high school or higher is around 75%.
A third of male residents of Long Branch are engaged in the construction industry, while a comparative portion of females is divided equally into other services, except public administration and health care and social assistance. A comparison of Long Branch to New Jersey state averages shows that the median house value is above the state average and the population of Black and Hispanic races as well as of foreign-born is significantly above state average.