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Lawyer for Scotch Plains DWI & Drug Arrests

Most of the arrests made by police in Scotch Plains are for DWI and drug possession. If you are arrested for a DUI or marijuana possession in Scotch Plains, the Scotch Plains Municipal Court will have jurisdiction over the case. More serious CDS possession and indictable charges are referred to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. All juvenile arrests in Scotch Plains are also sent to the County Prosecutor’s Office. Best to speak with an experienced defense lawyer if you are facing charges in Scotch Plains.

Scotch Plains – New Jersey

The area now known as Scotch Plains was first settled by Europeans as early as 1864. Scotch Plains Township was originally incorporated in 1878 from portions of Plainfield and Westfield Townships. It received its present name in 1917.

The U.S. Census Bureau records its total area at 9.05 square miles, practically all of which is land. The population increased to a record high of 23,150 in 2010 from 22,372 in 2000. Similarly, the number of households, families and housing units rose from 8,349 to 8,595; from 6,295 to 6,429 and from 8,479 to 8,896, respectively.

The most common ancestries are: Italian (22.5%), Irish (18.3%), German (13.4%), Polish (10.1%), English (6.3%), and Russian (5.3%). The ethnic composition in 2010 was 77.43% White, 11.08% African American, 7.65% Asian and 6.73% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The most significant change has been in the latter group, which rose from 3.94% in 2000. There are presently 3,577 foreign-born residents (5.7% Asia, 4.5% Europe, 4.1% Latin America).

The age breakdown of the population in 2010 was 25.9% under the age of 18, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 adult females there were 88.3 adult males.

In 2010, more than a third (37.4%) of all households had minors living with them. Most (62.6%) were composed of married couples living together. Households made up of non-families and of individuals represented 25.2% and 21.7%, respectively.

The median house or condo value in 2000 was $258,100. It rose to an estimated: $490,046 in 2009. The January 2011 cost of living index was 19.4% higher than the national average.

The median household income in 2000 was $81,599. It increased to an estimated $99,981 in 2009. Likewise, the per capita income rose from $39, 2000 to an estimated $50,665 in 2009. The median family income in 2000 was $96,238. Male median income was $63,648 versus $43,714 for females. About 3.0% of the population was below the poverty level.

Scotch Plains Criminal Defense

The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 220 major crimes in 2010. This results in a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 9.4 and a violent rate of 0.3. There were no murders or rapes. The 2010 reports included 2 robberies, 5 assaults, 66 burglaries, 54 cases of domestic violence, 4 bias crimes and 51 cases of police force.

The 2010 data for highest educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that 6.00% did not complete high school versus 19.69% who did. Those with some college or associate’s degree represented 21.64%. Holders of a bachelor’s degree were 31.19% versus 20.65% statewide. Those with a graduate degree were 21.47% versus 12.05% statewide.

From 2005 to 2009, most males were engaged in manufacturing (15%), professional, scientific and technical services (13%), finance and insurance (13%), and health care and social assistance (8%). Females were employed in health care and social assistance (20%), educational services (15%), professional, scientific and technical services (12%), and finance and insurance (11%).






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