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Age plays a role in overall crime rates

New Jersey residents might be interested to learn that Americans between the ages of 26 and 35 were 3.6 times more likely to have been taken into custody compared to those over the age of 66. This was according to a study called the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which reviewed 35,000 individuals over a period of 50 years. Generally speaking, white men were less likely to be taken into custody than black men at a young age.

However, the number of white males who were taken into custody tripled during the study period. Researchers also mentioned that the rate at which males of either race were taken into custody tended to even out over time. If a person was taken into custody, it tended to have a negative impact on that person's ability to earn a living. Those who were taken into custody as a young person earned about $6,000 less annually.

That increased to $13,000 annually for those who were in trouble with the law multiple times. Individuals who were charged with violent crimes made $11,000 less per year compared to those who weren't taken into custody. If a person was charged with a crime, he or she was 3.5 percent less likely to get married, but multiple charges did not seem to impact the marriage rate any further.

Individuals who are charged with a crime may face fines and incarceration if convicted. Therefore, it may be a good idea to meet with a criminal defense attorney so that a strategy can be constructed to counter the state's allegations.

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