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New Jersey may be one of the smaller states, but it is currently the most densely populated state. This state was named for the British islands though it was mostly inhabited by Swedish immigrants and Dutch immigrants in the seventeenth century. After succumbing to British rule, New Jersey later became a prominent battle site for the Revolutionary War. After the Colonies claimed victory, New Jersey gained statehood.

With statehood came laws. These laws are not much different than any other state, but slight variances make New Jersey laws original. Many of these laws include bankruptcy laws, divorce laws, labor laws, gun laws, drunken driving laws, expungement laws, and laws in regards to felony convictions.

Bankruptcy
Since 2005 filing for bankruptcy has become a more in-depth and difficult process. The Bankruptcy Act of 2005 created new regulations on who are able to qualify for different kinds of bankruptcy. The act is designed to decrease unnecessary abuse on the national bankruptcy system. Since the paperwork required has now tripled in amount, it is often advised to consult a bankruptcy attorney. If any paperwork is filed incorrectly or any portion is left out, the case will be dismissed.

Online companies and software are available for personal use as well as attorney consultation. Prior to filing an attorney can assess the kind of bankruptcy for which an individual qualifies. New Jersey currently has two kinds of bankruptcy for personal use: Chapter Seven bankruptcy and Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy.

Divorce
New Jersey has its own set of state requirements for those who are filing for bankruptcy. In order to have a legal New Jersey divorce individuals must first be state residents for no less than one year. New Jersey law also states that those filing for divorce must remain within state line until the divorce proceedings are complete.

When individuals live in different counties, either individual may file for divorce in his or her own county or that of his or her spouse. All divorce cases are sent to the county circuit courts, so in which county an individual resides is important. If a divorce petition is filed to the incorrect county, the case will be dismissed.

Drunken Driving
New Jersey law states that the amount and form of conviction an individual will receive for driving under the influence depends on any prior offenses. A first conviction can also increase, as well any subsequent convictions, if aggravating circumstances surround the incident. For instance if a minor was in the motor vehicle or if the individual was driving over the speed limit, he or she will have greater consequences than if he or she had not. Having a blood alcohol content double the legal limit of 0.08 percent can also aggravate a sentence.

Firearms
New Jersey law requires all individuals possessing handguns to have a permit in their possessions. Unlike other states, New Jersey also requires that an individual have a permit to purchase a handgun. Handgun registration is not required, though police records are necessary when a handgun is transferred from one individual to another.