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14
Sep
2011

by in Drug Defense

Princeton Drug Charges

The most common drug arrest in Princeton is for simple possession of marijuana. Specifically, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, in violation of NJSA 2C:35-10a4. Princeton University students are occasionally arrested for marijuana and other CDS possession charges. These also include possession of cocaine, oxycontin, and other prescription pain killers. If you or your child has been arrested for drug possession in Princeton, call now to speak with an experienced drug defense lawyer.

In addition to college students in Princeton Borough, motorists are the next most common class of Princeton drug arrestees. A traffic ticket for speeding or some other kind of moving violation can easily turn into a police search of your car and arrest if the officers smell marijuana. There are challenges that can be made to police searches. Diversionary programs also exist for some first-time offenders.

All adult felony drug charges in Princeton will be referred to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Ultimately, most of these cases will heard in the Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton. Disorderly Person drug charges like possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges will be heard in the local municipal court in which they occur. All Princeton juvenile criminal charges will be sent to the Superior Court – Family Part in Trenton.

Princeton – New Jersey Info

Princeton Township was incorporated in 1838 from portions of West Windsor and Montgomery Tonwships. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has a total area of 16.6 square miles, almost all of which (98.62%) is water. A significant portion of the property of Princeton University lies within the borders of the Township. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Study and other well-known educational institutions.

As of the 2000 Census, there were 16,027 people (95% urban population), experiencing little change by the time of the 2010 census to reach 16,265. Out of the 6,044 households counted in 2000, more than a third (34.1%) had children under the age of 18 living with them. More than half (63.3%) were married couples living together, 27.9% were non-families and 20.6% were households made up of individuals.

The racial composition of the township in 2000 was 79.91% White, 5.32% African American, 9.98% Asian and 5.28% Hispanic or Latino of any race. By 2010, these percentages had changed very little to 77.2%, 5.2%, 10.0% and 5.3%, respectively.  The most common first ancestries reported in Princeton Township are 10.6% English, 9.2% German, 7.7% Irish, 7.6% Italian and 5.4% Russian.

The median age was 41 years. Individuals under the age of 18 represented almost a fourth (24.4%) and those 65 years of age or older 15.4%. The proportion of females to males was 100 to 93. In 2000, the median income for a household in the township was $94,580, going up to $120,704 by 2008. The per capita income in 2000 was $56,360. Males had a median income almost twice as high as that of females ($77,845 versus $41,563).

Approximately 5.7% of the population of Princeton lived below the poverty line. This percentage was maintained in 2008. The estimated value of a house or condo in 2008 was $898,293, having more than doubled from 2000 when it was $414,500. The township ranks 25th per capita income out of all incorporated areas and census-designated locations in the state.

Statistics for 2010 on highest education level attained by the population aged 25 and over in Princeton show that, compared to state figures, only 8.60% have not completed high school versus 14.15%. Almost a third of this population has completed a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

The total crime risk index measured in 2010 was 4 versus 73 statewide, with 100 being the national average. A breakdown by categories shows the following risk indexes: murder 12 vs. 84, rape 3 vs. 39, robbery 3 vs. 108, assault 2 vs. 62, burglary 8 vs. 66, larceny 10 vs. 62 and motor vehicle theft 3 vs. 76.

The most common occupations of the male residents of this township are postsecondary teachers (14%), life and physical scientists (9%), top executives (6%). A similar proportion of females is engaged in other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%), postsecondary teachers (7%), life and physical scientists (5%), media and communication equipment workers (4%), and other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%).

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