Lawyer for Toms River Juvenile Defense
Any juvenile charged with a criminal offense in Ocean County will have their case sent to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor’s office has a special juvenile unit that handles only these cases. I have defended juveniles across the state accused of serious criminal charges. These have included juvenile drug arrests, aggravated assault, and eluding law enforcement officers. If your child has been scheduled to appear in the Ocean County Juvenile Court, call to speak with an experienced juvenile defense attorney.
Ocean County, New Jersey
Ocean County is one of 21 counties in New Jersey, and has its county seat in Toms River. It was established in 1850 from portions of Monmouth County. It is located 50 miles east of Philadelphia, 70 miles south of New York City and 25 miles north of Atlantic City. It has a total area of 915.88 square miles, of which 30.53% is water, making it the second largest county by area in the state.
It is home to many tourist attractions like Six Flags Great Adventure (with the world’s tallest roller coaster) and beaches such as Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Ship Bottom and Surf City. It is also home to the wealthiest community in the state, Mantoloking with a population of 423 people.
As of the 2010 Census, the population was 576,557, up from 510,916 in 2000. This makes it the fastest growing county in the state in terms of number of residents and second-highest in terms of percentage.
Out of the 200,402 households registered in 2000, almost a third (28.10%) had children under the age of 18 living with them. More than half the households (56.40%) were made up of married couples living together, 31.20% were non-families and 27.00% individuals. Households with people living alone 65 years old and over represented 16.50%.
The racial makeup of the county in 2000 was 93.05% White, 5.02% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 2.99% Black or African American, 1.28% Asian. The most common ancestries reported in 2000 were Italian 24.9%, Irish 18.2%, German 12.5%, Polish 7.0% and English 5.4%.
The median age in 2000 was 41 years, and for every 100 adult females there were 86.40 males. The population under the age of 18 and that 65 years of age or older accounted for similar percentages (23.30% and 22.20%, respectively). It was ranked highest in the state for percentage of people age 65 or older.
Ocean County Criminal Statistics
Statistics from 2009 show that the median income for a household was $60,787, up from $46,443 in 1999. The median family income was $74,142 and the per capita income was $29,404 in 2009. Males had a median income almost 50% higher than females ($44,822 versus $30,717). About 7.00% of the population was living below the poverty line. The estimated median house or condo value in 2000 was $128,000, increasing more than twice by 2009 to $283,100. The January 2011 cost of living index in Ocean County is 23.1% higher than the U.S. average.
The 2009 reports from the N.J. State Police Uniform Crime show that there occurred a total of 11,354 major crimes, for a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 20.0 and a violent rate of 1.2. There occurred 5 murders, 52 rapes, 201 robberies, 448 assaults, 2,074 burglaries, 5,126 cases of domestic violence, 57 bias crimes and 1,450 incidents of police force.
Regarding educational attainment, in 2000, of the population 25 years of age and older 37.7% were high school graduates, 13.4% had a bachelor’s degree and 6.1% a master’s, professional or doctorate degree.