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Don’t Go to South Plainfield Court Alone!

Your best move is to speak with an experienced defense attorney before going to court. New Jersey imposes harsh penalties for drug and CDS possession charges. A charge in Plainfield for possession of marijuana in violation of NJSA 2C:35-10(a)4 carries up to 6 months jail, up to approximately $1,500 in fines and other penalties, and a 6 month minimum license suspension. While jail is unlikely in most marijuana possession cases, a judge can place you on probation. The driver’s license suspension is mandatory unless a severe hardship can be shown. Meeting this burden can be trickier than you might think.

South Plainfield NJ

South Plainfield Borough was incorporated in 1926 from portions of Piscataway Township. The Census Bureau registers its total area at 8.4 square miles, practically all of which is land.

As of the census of 2010, 23,385 people resided here. The most common ancestries cited were Italian (25.0%), Irish (16.5%), German (15.7%), Polish (11.4%), English (5.6%), and Hungarian (2.8%). The ethnical composition was 77.74% White, 8.66% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 8.56% African American, and 7.57% Asian. There were 3,221 foreign-born residents (5.9% Latin America, 5.9% Asia, 2.5% Europe).

More than a third (37.6%) of the 7,151 households had children under the age of 18 living with them in 2010. Married couples living together represented 66.8% of all households. There were more non-family households than those headed by a female with no husband present (18.1% versus 10.9%).

A fourth of the population was under the age of 18. The largest age group was represented by individuals from 25 to 64 years (53.6%). People 65 years old and over accounted for 14.1%. The median age was 38 years.

In 2000, the median income for a household was $67,466. It rose to an estimated $88,646 in 2009. Likewise, the per capita income increased from $25,270 in 2000 to an estimated $32,427 in 2009. The median family income was $72,745 and rose to $92,817 of a 2007 estimate). In 2000, male median income was $47,465 versus $34,329 for females. The median house or condo value in 2000 was $166,600. It rose to $339,461 in 2009. The January 2011 cost of living index was 23.6% higher than the national average. About 3.4% of the population lived below the poverty line in 2000.

South Plainfield Criminal Defense

The Police Department consists of 49 sworn Officers, 9 full-time 9-1-1 Telecommunication Operators, and 5 civilian support staff members. The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 477 major crimes in 2009. This results in a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 21.1 and a violent rate of 1.0. There were no murders. The 2009 reports included 1 rape, 11 robberies, 11 assaults, 50 burglaries, 153 cases of domestic violence, 2 bias crimes and 71 cases of police force.

Independent data for 2010, which do not consider bias crimes, domestic violence or police force, show 1 murder, 20 robbery, 24 assault, 59 burglaries, 323 thefts, 2 arsons and 30 motor vehicle thefts. There were no rapes.

The 2010 data for highest educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that 12.31% did not complete high school versus 36.37% who did. Those with some college or associate’s degree represented 24.58%. Holders of a bachelor’s degree were 19.19% versus 20.65% statewide. Those with a graduate degree were 7.55% versus 12.05% statewide.

From 2005 to 2009, most males were engaged in manufacturing (14%), retail trade (11%) and construction (10%). Females were employed in health care and social assistance (19%), retail trade (15%) and educational services (13%).






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