Named after the city of Chester in Great Britain, Westchester County is
a 500 square mile county in New York with a population of nearly 950,000.
This suburban county was the first of its kind to develop, with middle-class
communities starting as early as the 19th century. The area has a vast amount of history, with the earliest settlers
being the Dutch West India Company in the 1620s. In the 1660s, the English
gained control and set up manors to govern the area. By the time of the
War for Independence, it was the largest and richest county in New York.
Westchester County is located on the southeastern portion of the state,
with Long Island to the east and New York City to the west. The county
is made up of 6 counties, 19 towns, and 20 villages, and the entire area
is considered a suburb of NYC. The county has 42 local police agencies
rather than one overall police department, but these agencies work with
each other and will use the NYPD or state police when needed.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Westchester County has the
eighth highest per capita income in the country at $52,952. The median
income for an individual is $67,555 and for a family of four it is $96,500.
Approximately 8.7% of the population in Westchester County lives below
the poverty line. As to demographics, the population in the area is made
up to 57.4% White, 21.8% Hispanic, 15.6% African American, and 5.4% Asian.
The languages spoken are 21.8% English, 14.4% Spanish, 3.5% Italian, and
1.1% of both Portuguese and French.
Westchester Criminal Defense Attorney
Although the crime rate in Westchester County is lower than other areas
of New York, it still has seen its share of tragedies. In October of last
year, a triple homicide-suicide rocked the community. A lawyer, S.F.,
beat his wife to death and then shot his two young children, aged eight
and ten, with a Remington shotgun. After tucking his children into bed,
he went to the basement and shot himself in the head. This incident came
just days before the couple was set to begin their divorce trial. Friends
and family were not shocked that an incident occurred, but never imagined
it would be this brutal. S.F. had been the victim of emotional abuse by
his wife and had recently stopped taking his depression medication. Adding
to his difficulties was the fact that he had stopped working and could
not provide for his family. Even though he had been acting irrationally,
no one expected this.
If you were arrested on suspicion of committing a crime in Westchester
County or any of the surrounding areas, your first step should be to get
in touch with a competent legal representative. Who you choose to defend
you could make all the difference in the outcome of your case, which is
why it is important you choose your defense carefully. Our team at H.
Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to protecting those
who have been arrested and will do everything possible to stand up for
you and your best interests. We have defended hundreds of cases and you
can be confident that we know how to handle your case, no matter how complex
it appears to be. From
federal crimes to
sex crimes, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team for a free case
Divorce Lawyer in Westchester County
The best way to approach your divorce is with a plan that outlines your
objectives and the actions that need to be taken to achieve your goals.
A Westchester County divorce attorney at H. Benjamin Perez & Associates,
P.C. can develop a comprehensive divorce strategy that will address all
of your concerns, and enable you to more effectively accomplish your objectives.
H. Benjamin Perez is a professional and highly qualified family attorney.
Our firm has helped many individuals successfully resolve their
divorce case, and can provide the skilled representation that is needed in a collaborative
divorce, contested divorce, military divorce, high net worth divorce,
no-fault divorce and uncontested divorce. We will make sure your rights
are protected when resolving issues such as the
equitable distribution of property and
asset division, as well as
grandparents' rights and
paternity. We can also help you with a
legal separation, and cases involving
same sex marriage and the
Marriage Equality Act.
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