Colorado became the thirty-eighth state on the United States'
one-hundredth anniversary. This in turn gave Colorado the nickname of
the Centennial State. Colorado is one of many others that is named for
a different culture. The name Colorado in fact means brick read in
Spanish. The state was named as such for the red-colored land that
filled the area.
Nearly two hundred fifty years after it was named a state, Colorado has
built its own legislature and laws where the federal government does
not have laws. Some of these state laws include labor laws, gun laws,
felony conviction laws, bankruptcy laws, divorce laws, expungement, and
Bankruptcy in Colorado is determined by the amount of money an
individual or a family is able to pay each month. Not all those
petitioning for bankruptcy will be granted acceptance. Depending on
ability, one individual will be allowed Chapter Seven bankruptcy while
another will be allowed Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy.
To determine which kind of bankruptcy is best for which individual, the
court will compare an individual's personal income to that of the other
residents in Colorado. Laws for bankruptcy were recently altered to
decrease the ability to file for bankruptcy and limit the amount of
abuse the bankruptcy system will receive. This new system has tripled
the amount of paperwork required and also may include the assistance of
All divorce cases in the United States are handled by the county
circuit courts. Because of this jurisdiction, where individuals reside
mandates where they will file for divorce. Colorado requires
individuals to reside within state lines for a time minimum before they
may petition for divorce in the state of Colorado.
A divorce must also be based on specific grounds. These grounds will
state the reason why the individual desires a divorce. The divorce
grounds for the state of Colorado are not the same as those of the
other forty-nine states. Colorado law states that a divorce is only
legal when based on reasons that are beyond repair.
The constitution for Colorado states that a felony is an offense that
requires the individual to be incarcerated in a state prison. Felony
convictions can include prison sentences as little as one year or as
many as life in prison. The number of years stipulated depends on the
severity of the crime, any other crimes committed at that time, and any
prior offenses. Sentencing for felonies can also include fine payment
of several hundreds of dollars, probation, detention, community
service, and home restitution.
Expungement is the erasure of past criminal records. In most cases
felony and misdemeanor offenses cannot be expunged. Driving under the
influence charges are also normally not allowed to be expunged, unless
a mistake in conviction or charging was made.
When a record is expunged it is not necessary gone completely. Records
may still be available for general law enforcement purposes and civil
usage, such as running for public office or entering the United State
military. Expunged records may also be used as priors in new criminal