Suffolk County Lawyers
Suffolk County Information
Suffolk County is a county which is located on the eastern side of Long Island and is part of the New York metropolitan area. According to the last Census, there are nearly 1.5 million people living in the county, making it the fourth largest county by population. By area, it is the second largest county in New York State, measuring 86 miles by 26 miles. Together with Nassau County, Suffolk County is generally just referred to as "Long Island."
As to demographics, Suffolk County is made up of 83.6% White, 13% Latino, 7.4% African-American, and 3.4% Asian. As to ancestry, the county is made up of 29.5% Italian, 24% Irish, and 17.6% German. Along with Nassau County, it has been found to be one of the most racially segregated suburbs in the United States. The median income for households in the county is $103,900 and it has been named as the fourth wealthiest county in the entire country by Forbes magazine. However, even with the high per capita incomes, 4% of the population still lives below the poverty line.
Suffolk Divorce Lawyer
The divorce process involves many actions that will need to be completed before a settlement is approved by the court. If you are planning to end your marriage, consult a Suffolk County divorce lawyer at H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. for legal advice and aggressive representation. H. Benjamin Perez is a knowledgeable and skilled family lawyer that can help you accomplish your divorce objectives. Our firm will provide dedicated advocacy in a collaborative divorce, contested divorce, military divorce, high net worth divorce, no-fault divorce or uncontested divorce, and assist you with child custody, child support, visitation, spousal maintenance, and the equitable distribution of your property, including liability and asset division.
We have many years of experience in divorce cases, and will take whatever legal actions are necessary to ensure your rights are fully protected. Our firm knows that a successful outcome to your divorce case can be crucial to your future security, and will work with uncompromising determination to achieve a fair and equitable settlement. We can also provide help with the mediation of postnuptial agreements and prenuptial agreements, name changes, adoptions, domestic violence and orders of protection.
Suffolk County Criminal Defense Attorney
H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. is a criminal defense law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of the criminally accused in New York City. With years of legal experience and hundreds of cases defended, you can be confident that they have what it takes to protect you. No matter where you are in the New York area, you can have peace of mind knowing that a strong legal advocate is on your side every step of the way. We have handled cases ranging from drug crimes to DWI to sex crimes to violent crimes and could help you get your charges reduced or your case dismissed. Whether you live in Suffolk County or a different area of New York City, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our legal team.
Formed in 1960, the police department has been responsible for five of the ten towns in Suffolk County. Before that, law enforcement was the responsibility of each individual town and village with help from the state police. As the crime rates increased, however, the need for a county department became apparent. Not all of the towns decided to use the new police force and maintained control of their own department and this remains true to this day. They still rely on the Suffolk County police for specialized services as they have their own Detective Bureau, Communications Bureau, and academy to train new officers. Today, there are 2,500 officers in the department, making it one of the largest in the whole country.
Although Suffolk County is a suburban, wealthy community, it has seen its share of criminal activities. Perhaps the most famous was the Amityville Horror case which took place in 1974. The DeFeo family had lived in their home on Ocean Avenue since 1965. On November 13, 1974, the son, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. killed his parents and four younger siblings, ages 18, 13, 12, and 9. He claimed that he had heard their voices plotting against him and had killed them out of self-defense. He was found guilty of six counts of second-degree murder and is still serving his sentences in Green Haven Correctional Facility. It still remains unclear as to how he carried out the murders and what his motive was. The mystery surrounding this case and the public's interest in it has been perpetuated from the books, films, and documentaries which were made about what happened.