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15
Sep
2011

by in Juvenile Law

Mercer County Juvenile Criminal Charges

The most common charges juveniles face in Mercer County is possession of drugs, especially marijuana. However, juvenile’s are commonly taken into custody for charges such as assault, criminal mischief, underage possession alcohol and other charges. I have defended juveniles in New Jersey accused of some of the most serious crimes. If your child has been charged with a drug offense, criminal charge or DWI in Mercer County, call now for help.

An experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyer can give your child the best chance of avoiding a delinquency adjudication. While children cannot technically be convicted of a crime unless tried as an adult, a juvenile adjudication can still affect a child’s future. For example, having a prior adjudication of delinquency can lead to enhanced punishment on a future juvenile case. Their school may be notified, leading to stigma and embarrassment. And for some careers, particularly the law, law enforcement and military, a juvenile record may affect potential opportunities.

Mercer County Juvenile Court

The Mercer County Family Court is located at:

175 South Broad Street, 2nd floor
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, New Jersey 08650-0068

The Family Case Management Office can be reached at (609) 571-4380. The Family Division Manager is Sandra L. Terry.

Trenton Info and Criminal Statistics

Trenton, the capital of the state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County, dates back at least to 1719. It became New Jersey’s capital in 1790. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles, 94% of which is land.

As of the census of 2010, there were 84,913 people and 18,692 families residing in the city, with a population density of 11,153.6 people per square mile. Out of the 29,437 households, almost a third (32.4%) had children under the age 18 living with them. Most of the households (36.5%) were made up of non-families and individuals (29.7%). Married couples living together accounted for 29.0%, followed by female households with no husband present (27.1%).

The top five ethnicities cited during the 2000 census were 50.1% African American, 14.5% Puerto Rican, 4.6% Italian, 3.5% Irish and 3.0% Polish. The racial composition of the city at the time of 2010 census was mainly 52.0% Black, 33.7% Hispanic or Latino of any race and 13.5% White. Residents under the age of 18 accounted for 27.7% of the population and 11.4% those who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years.

The estimated median household income in 2000 was $31,074, increasing slightly to $32,887 by 2009 (versus $68.342 for the state). The per capita income was $14,621 in 2000 and $16,862 in 2009. There was little difference between male and female median income ($29,721 versus $26,943). The estimated median house or condo value in 2000 was $66,200, experiencing a significant increase in 2009 to $138,000. About 17.6% of the families and 21.1% of the population lived below the poverty line. Unemployment for the population 25 years and over was 10.5%.

In 2005, there were 31 homicides, the largest number in a single year, with 22 of them believed to be gang-related. Police records for 2009 show that compared to the 319.2 U.S. average, Trenton’s crime index is almost double, at 575.3. The breakdown by category is 17 murders, 26 rapes, 512 robberies, 599 assaults, 824 burglaries, 1,399 thefts, 401 motor vehicle thefts and 23 arsons.

On several occasions, the city has been ranked as most dangerous out of cities with a population of 75,000 to 9,999 nationwide (fourth in 2005 and 2006). Between 2001 and 2003, 20 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Trenton. This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 people, lower than the national norms. The percentage of population that owns no vehicle is 27.71%, versus 10.93% and 8.49% state- and nationwide.

In 2010, for the population 25 years and over, 31.67% did not complete high school (versus 14.15% statewide). Those who completed bachelor’s degree represent 6.80% versus 20.65% and individuals who completed graduate or professional degree 4.03% versus 12.05%. Almost a third of the males are engaged in construction (11%), public administration (11%), accommodation and food services (9%). Almost half of females are dedicated to health care (20%), public administration (16%) and educational services (9%).

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