Neptune Criminal Charges
The most common criminal arrests in Neptune are for drug charges. The most common Neptune drug charges are possession of Marijuana (NJSA 2C:35-10(a)4); 3rd Degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) (NJSA 2C:35-10(a)1); and Possession with Intent to Distribute (NJSA 2C:35-5). Other criminal arrests are commonly made in both Neptune City and Neptune Borough for Assault (NJSA 2C:12), Burglary, and Neptune Gun Charges. If you are facing criminal charges in Neptune, call to speak with an experienced Monmouth County Criminal Lawyer.
In all criminal cases, the sooner you retain an experienced defense attorney, the better. Hiring a lawyer at the earliest juncture has many advantages over delaying. We can ensure that your rights are protected at the very beginning of the case. We can communicate with the police department and prosecutor’s office to try to get you the lowest possible bail and make sure that no exculpatory evidence is lost or destroyed. We can begin conducting our own investigation of your case and reviewing the state’s evidence to find weaknesses in the case. These are just a few of the pros to retaining a lawyer as soon as you believe you are being targeted by police.
Neptune Traffic, DWI and Criminal Courts
Neptune Township and Neptune Borough each have their own separate police departments and municipal courts. The Neptune Municipal courts have jurisdiction over all traffic violations. This includes Neptune DWI charges and traffic tickets that are not connected to indictable felony matters. You have many of the same rights in municipal court as in Superior Court. This includes the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney represent you, and the right to a trial.
Neptune Juvenile arrests and adult felony (indictable) matters will not be heard in the Neptune Municipal Courts. The only exception is the first appearance for adult indictable charges. Neptune juvenile charges will be referred to the Monmouth County Superior Court – Family Part for adjudication. Adult felony charges are sent to the Monmouth County Superior Court – Law Division.
Neptune – New Jersey
Neptune Township, named after the Roman God of the Sea, was incorporated as a borough in 1881. At that time, Neptune included all of what is now Avon by the Sea and Bradley Beach, which separated in 1900 and 1907, respectively. Neptune became a township in 1879 from portions of Ocean Township. This township includes other communities such as Mid-Town, Bradley Park, the Gables, Summerfield, Green Grove, Seaview Island and West Neptune.
Neptune Township extends from the Atlantic Ocean west to the Garden State Parkway. On the south it is bordered by the Shark River estuary and on the north with Asbury Park and Ocean Township. According to the Census Bureau, it has a total area of 8.8 square miles, of which 6.16% is water.
As of the 2000 Census, the population of Neptune was 27,690 people, all urban population. There were 10,907 households and 6,805 families. More than a quarter of these households had children under the age of 18 living with them. Approximately a third of them were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
The median age of the residents of Neptune Township in 2000 was 39 years. The lowest percentage of the population (6.7%) belonged to the 18 to 24 years bracket, followed by those 65 years old and over (16.8%). In this township, the major racial composition as of 2000 was 55.92% White, 38.16% African American and 5.5% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The major ancestry groups reported by Neptune Township residents include 38% Black or African American, 14% Irish, 11% Italian, 11% German and 7% English.
The median income for a household, according to the 2000 census, was $46,250. This increased to $59,024 in 2008. The median income for a family in 2000 was $57,735, with 7.6% of families and 11.7% of the population of Neptune Township living below the poverty line. This includes 17.2% of those under the age of 18 and 9.7% of those aged 65 or over.
Regarding educational attainment of the population 25 and over, only 8.1% (vs. 11.0% for the state) had a master’s, professional or doctorate degree in 2000. However, percentages for those with some college or associate’s degree is higher than the state norm at 26.8% vs. 22.9%. According to the FBI’s records for 2003, the number of violent crimes in this township was 111, including 2 murders or homicides. The violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 people.
Between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Neptune. This represents a rate of 1.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 people, which was lower than the national norm. Neptune is home to Jersey Shore Medical Center, a university hospital affiliated to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It is outstanding for cardiac care and is on the forefront of cancer research and women’s health.