Lawyer for Perth Amboy Drug Possession Charges
Perth Amboy police make a substantial number of arrests for marijuana and CDS possession. The key issue in drug possession cases is usually the circumstances surrounding the search. Police searches of persons, vehicles and homes are governed by a complicated set of constitutional principles. If you are arrested for a Perth Amboy drug charge, you need a defense attorney who understands these issues. Call my office for a consultation on your case.
Perth Amboy – NJ
Perth Amboy is located at the mouth of the Raritan River. It was formed originally as a township in 1693, and incorporated as a city in 1718. Its total area is 5.98 square miles, 20.07% water. The Perth Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all traffic and disorderly persons offenses committed in the town.
As of the 2010 census, there were 50,814 inhabitants, up from 47,303 in 2000. There were 15,236 housing units in 2000 with a median value of $132,100. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $313,447. The January 2011 cost of living index was 25.1% higher than the national average.
The racial composition in 2000 was 46.41% White, 69.83% Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 10.04% African American. This changed in 2010 to 50.30% White, 78.10% Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 10.50% African American.
This city has a majority Hispanic population. In 2000, 27.79% of the residents identified themselves of Puerto Rican ancestry (the fifth highest concentration in municipalities with 1,000 or more people). Also, 18.81% identified themselves as of Dominican ancestry (the third highest concentration of Dominicans in the country).
In 2000, the median age was 31 years. The two largest age groups were those from 25 to 44 (31.6%) and under the age of 18 (28.5%). This was followed by residents from 45 to 64 (18.3%) and from 18 to 24 (11.4%).
In 2000, 40.3% of the households had children younger than 18 living with them. Less than half (44.6%) were made up of married couples living together. Households composed of non-families and females with no husband present represented 26.1% and 21.0%, respectively. About 21% of all households were formed by individuals.
In 2000, the median household income was $37,608. This rose to an estimated $47,287 in 2009. The per capita income increased from $14,989 in 2000 to an estimated $19,975 in 2009. The median family income was $40,740 in 2000. Male median income was $29,399 versus $21,954 for females. About 14.3% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line.
Perth Amboy Criminal Defense Stats
The Police Department has 132 uniformed officers. The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 1,221 major crimes in 2009. This results in a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 25.1 and a violent rate of 3.4. There were no bias crimes. The 2009 reports included 1 murder, 3 rapes, 81 robberies, 79 assaults, 207 burglaries, 226 cases of domestic violence, and 141 cases of police force.
2010 independent data, not considering bias crimes, domestic violence or police force, show 1 murder, 101 robberies, 98 assault, 268 burglaries, 758 thefts, and 110 auto thefts; no rapes or arsons.
The 2010 data on educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that 36.99% did not complete high school. Those with some college or associate’s degree represented 18.40%. Holders of a bachelor’s degree were 9.05% (versus 20.65% statewide). Those with a graduate degree were 4.57% (versus 12.05% statewide).
From 2005 to 2009, the most common industries for males were manufacturing (17%), transportation and warehousing (15%) and retail trade (13%). Females worked in health care and social assistance (17%), retail trade and manufacturing (13% each).