The state of Arizona is known for being one of the hottest states in
the country and has acquired many "snow birds" because of this
characteristic. Arizona is also the largest landlocked state for
Arizona law has recently been in the public eye for increasing illegal
immigration stipulations as well as rejecting the amendment for
same-sex marriage. Despite its higher climate, Arizona's state laws are
not too different from any other state's laws. Arizona law includes
labor laws, bankruptcy laws, divorce laws, felony levels, expungement
laws, and many others.
Each bankruptcy case is to be filed to a local Arizona court. In
previous years bankruptcy could be filed at home through do-it-yourself
programs. However in recent years the federal government created new
laws for how bankruptcy is to be handled. This required all states,
including Arizona, to comply with the increase requirements.
These laws were created to limit the use of bankruptcy for only
necessary cases, as bankruptcy was often used unnecessarily. Arizona
now requires several forms of paperwork, three times as many from
previous years, and normally requires professional assistance.
Individuals who qualify for bankruptcy will either file through Chapter
Seven bankruptcy or Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy. Each of these kinds of
bankruptcy has a different purpose and is divided by the amount of
money an individual can pay each month against his or her debts.
The United States requires individuals to file for divorce in their
states of residency. Each state has a specific length of time in which
individuals must reside within its borders to qualify as residents.
Arizona, in turn, does not necessarily require its residents to be
within its borders for a specific amount of time prior to filing, but
does require that at least one individual in the marriage be an Arizona
Individuals petitioning for divorces are to file to the circuit court
in their counties of residency. If a case is filed to the incorrect
county, the case will be thrown out.
Arizona felonies are broken into different classes of severity. Not
every class is the same as another state's, for instance one crime may
be considered a lesser crime in Arizona than in a neighboring state
where it is a moderate crime. Individuals are punished and imprisoned
according to the severity of their crimes. Two individuals may have
committed the same crime but because of the crime's circumstances, one
individual may be punished with a longer incarceration than the other.
Despite popular belief most felonies and misdemeanors cannot be
expunged from an individual's record, especially those that include
driving under the influence charges. When an individual has his or her
record expunged, his or her firearm privileges will be restored after a
payment of seventy-five dollars.
Because most felony convictions cannot be expunged, probation can
sometimes be terminated under specific circumstances. The court will
not automatically grant an expungement upon request but will instead
take several things into account before reaching a decision. These
things often include criminal history, the severity of the crime at
hand, and the individual's potential to later benefit society.