State Laws

The laws and regulations that have been put in place for the individual states by their governing bodies.

22,127 Questions
State Laws
Same-Sex Marriage

Which US States have legalized same-sex marriage?

As of 2020, all 50 States have legalize marriage with one of the same being.

US Constitution
State Laws
US Government

What is the supreme law of the land in the US?

  • The US Constitution and federal laws and treaties that adhere to the Constitution officially became the "supreme law of the land" in the United States
  • Article VI the document and the laws of the United States which "shall be made in pursuance thereof..." are the "Supreme Law of the Land." The phrase, "shall be made in pursuance thereof" indicates the Constitution is the ultimate authority to which all other laws and treaties must conform.

Article VI, Clause 2 (Supremacy Clause)

This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

State Laws

What are the repossession laws in Georgia?

Georgia's Repossession Laws
  • SECURITY INTERESTS: Shown on title held by lien holder.
  • LICENSE REGISTRATION: Georgia Motor Vehicle Division, 270 Washington Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. Tel: (404)362-6500.
  • RECOVERY REQUIREMENT: As per UCC, repossession allowed without committing a breach of the peace.
  • Plates no longer remain with the vehicle in Georgia, they are issued to the person now and are transferrable.

Repossession Actions

Your car can be seized by the repo company as soon as you are notified that you are in default of your loan.

If your car is worth say $5,000 - and you OWE $10,000 on it - after they repossess it - they will sell it (usually at auction) and if they get $3,000 - they will sue you for the balance of $7,000 - and they WILL garnish wages (50% of your paycheck after taxes) until the car is paid for! If the car is not running - again they can have it repaired and sue you for the repair bill! And DO NOT THINK that the repo guys and auction houses do not work together - of course they do! If you have a $35,000 car and the repo guy wants your car - (after they repo it) - they CAN auction it for $1500 to the repo guy - and YOU pay the $33,500 balance - and Mr. Repo is driving a $35,000 car for $1500!

By law, the company that finances the loancannot be the company that handles the repossession. But they are often companies that work together.

Also ANY improvements ALWAYS stay with the car. If you have a $2,000 stereo system - it stays with the car. Any personal belongings of yours inside the car must be returned to you by the repo company within 3 days. But without proff this is hard to enforce.

The repo company will usually take your car at night - and most are very good - they can hook it to a tow truck and be gone - usually in under 30 seconds!! They will go around the corner - then secure the car to the tow truck!! And if the car falls off the tow truck - YOU pay the damages!

A repo is on your credit history for 7 years - although it is common for them to disappear after 5 years!

Most states are 90 days late before repo-ing a car - but under the Bailout, GM's federal agreement overruled your state laws.

State Laws
Unemployment Benefits

Who determines unemployment benefits if you quit your job?

The state unemployment office determines it based on why you quit. Did you have good cause? Good cause is determined by the state and its unemployment office and is documented in their cases that were previously resolved. What was the reason that you quit is the primary question. Was is due to your ignorance, lack of following the rules of that company. Or was it deception on the part of the employer. id the employer lie about the hours or wages. Are they cheating you on your wages or are you the real problem that caused yourself to quit

State Laws
Unemployment Benefits

Can you collect unemployment if you move while claiming benefits?

Interstate Unemployment ClaimsIf you move out-of-state while claiming benefits, you should immediately telephone or report to a local unemployment office in your new state. They will help you claim benefits on an interstate basis.

Here are opinions from other Wiki s Contributors:

  • Yes, at least in Oregon and New Jersey. Go to your nearest unemployment office and inquire.
  • If you got laid off in Alaska, you need to file a claim in Alaska (you can do this online or over the phone in most states). The state of Alaska will pay you in accordance with their regulations. You need to let them know that you have relocated to another state to look for work.
  • You can collect interstate claims in both Oregon and New Jersey. Go to the unemployment office and ask about it.
  • YES, but if you do start a new job, ANYWHERE, you have to notify the state office that you are working and the exact date you started working again and where you are working. If you don't notify them and continue to accept payment, you are committing a felony fraud.
Criminal Law
Property Law
State Laws

What value constitutes grand larceny in Maryland?

Maryland does not use the term "grand larceny" or "grand theft." Rather, specific punishments are set based on several different value ranges.

The lowest is Theft under $100. It is a misdemeanor and carries a max sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up tp $500

Theft under $1000 dollars is also a misdemeanor. 18 months and/or $500

Theft between $1,000 and $10,000 is a felony. 10 years and/or $10,000

Between $10,000 and $100,000 is a felony. 15 years and/or $15,000

More than $100,000 is a felony. 25 years and/or $25,000

Bankruptcy Law
Deeds and Ownership
State Laws
Property Taxes

Can you pay someones taxes and own their land?

United States

No. Generally you cannot get title to property simply by paying the delinquent taxes. The procedures vary from state to state but there needs to be a transfer of title. Towns have the legal authority to take possession of real property for non-payment of property taxes. In some jurisdictions the town must then get a court decree that perfects title in the town. Once the tax taking process is completed the town can sell the property at a public auction and the delinquent taxes must be paid. You need to check the procedure in your particular jurisdiction. Tax sales are usually advertised in the local newspaper.

Generally, when you pay taxes assessed to someone else for property they own, you are simply considered a volunteer.

If you are thinking of trying to acquire a property by adverse possession one of the common elements is paying the taxes on the land. Laws vary. You should consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction who specializes in real estate law to determine the steps you must take to acquire a parcel by adverse possession.

Job Training and Career Qualifications
State Laws

Can you teach school with a felony record?

The answer would be entirely up to the organization or school board hiring you. However, in this day and age, I think that it is unlikely that someone with a felony record would be hired over an equally qualified candidate who had a clean record.

Labor and Employment Law
State Laws

Can you collect unemployment once your settlement agreement stops and you are not paid any longer?

You can collect unemployment only if you qualify under state law - you have no income and you are actively seeking work, and you were not fired for a disqualifying reason.

Criminal Law
State Laws

What is the definition of capital murder?

"The unlawful killing of another human being without justification or excuse."

This is potentially the law of Arkansas. I don't know. However, capital murder varies greatly by state. Typically, it is premeditated killing. Then, the jury can decide in sentencing whether they should punish with the state's 1st degree murder non-capital or their capital. There is typically no real definition and it is just a crapshoot.

State Laws
Unemployment Benefits

Are unemployment benefits based on gross pay?

Each state has its own protocol for determining eligibility. They generally include total wages earned (gross), time employed in the base period, reason for the unemployment, etc.

Criminal Law
Local Laws
State Laws

Are expandable batons illegal in NY?

Under Education law, s. 6435 and Penal Law, s. 265.20, NY Code (effective after the 2013 legislative session), it is illegal to carry any baton [billy] "which is twenty-four to twenty-six inches in length and no more than one and one-quarter inches in thickness" unless you are a private college security officer, certain auxiliary police, or are:

"1. . . . employed in fulfilling contracts with New York state, its agencies or political subdivisions for the purchase of billies or blackjacks; or

2. . . . employed in fulfilling contracts with sister states, their agencies or political subdivisions for the purchase of billies or blackjacks; or

3. . . . employed in fulfilling contracts with foreign countries, their agencies or political subdivisions for the purchase of billies or blackjacks as permitted under federal law."

Carrying a baton is criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

State Laws

What happens to unemployment insurance payments if you move to another state?

You need to contact the employment security office to advise them and comply with their instructions on continuing to receive them.

Civil Lawsuits
Business Law
State Laws

Do both parties sign a prenup?

Usually, yes. But if you are good enough, you can convince her/him to sign it then you don't need to sign it.

Another view: While in theory, the foregoing may be true, it may make later enforceability harder. That is, the fact that you did not sign it but your spouse did may make it appear that you exerted undue influence upon him/her.

State Laws
Unemployment Benefits

How soon do your unemployment benefits stop after getting a job?

If your job is full time, your benefits stop immediately. This is why it's important to always keep the employment security office up to date on your status, to prevent over-payments or possible unemployment fraud.

Law & Legal Issues
State Laws

Can one notarize an original signature without the person being present but had prior dealings with the person and was shown identification prior?

No. A document must be actually signed in the presence of the notary.

Rules of the Road
State Laws

What driver does not have a license?



Property Law
State Laws

Can you get a minor in possession ticket for just being at a party even if there were adults present and you had no alcohol in the room with you?

You need to consult with a district court attorney in your jurisdiction who is familiar with misdemeanors. It may be worthwhile to clear your record.

Based on the wording of your question, in most jurisdiction, the state would have failed to meet the requirements to prosecute for minor in possession. Most jurisdictions require three elements to be proven.

  1. The minor was under age at the time.
  2. The minor had in their possession an intoxicating beverage
  3. The minor knew that such actions were illegal at the time the offence was committed.

Lastly, the Police must prove that they had reasonable suspicion to believe that you were underage. Merely saying, you looked younger than 21 is not grounds for probable cause.

State Laws
Boats and Watercraft

What amount of alcohol consumed while boating is equivalent to the amount of alcohol required to make a person legally intoxicated on land?


Tractors and Farm Equipment
State Laws
Federal Laws
Commercial Vehicles
Gun Laws

What is the Commercial vehicle gun law in fl?

A gun is not allowed in a commercial vehicle. This is a federal law and does not differ from state to state.


ACTUALLY, the FMCSR does not address the issue of guns in commercial vehicles. The existence of a federal law prohibiting firearms in commercial vehicles.. if it exists, I have yet to find anyone whose been able to cite it, and I've found nothing in repeated searches of the FMCSR pertaining to firearms.

However, you still have the matter of what your company will and will not allow to deal with, as well as what your customers may or may not allow. In most cases, you'll find that your company, your customers, or both are going to have regulations in place disallowing you to have a firearm in your vehicle or on their property.


The only federal laws pertaining to the transportation of firearms and explosives across state lines (federal jurisdiction) only pertains to the US Mail in that it is illegal (gun control act of 1964) to transport firearms, explosives or hazardous materials through the mail. (this does not preclude parcel services like UPS or FedEx.). Commercial vehicles on a regular basis transport hazardous materials, explosives and firearms in every state in the union. Commercial drivers in the various states must obey the laws of the individual states through which they pass, otherwise.


Actually, you CAN ship an unloaded rifle via the USPS. Handguns, however, are prohibited from being shipped in this manner.

Cars & Vehicles
Car Buying
State Laws

Is there Colorado car-buyer remorse law?

NO. The buyer's remorse law only applies to unsolicited sales and not to the sale of vehicles of any kind.

State Laws

Can an 18 year old buy a gun in Texas?

Rifles and shotguns, yes. Handguns, no, you must be 21 to legally purchase a handgun.

Criminal Law
State Laws

Can you get out on bond for a felony charge if you are already out on bond for a felony charge?

no i dont believe you can.

Added: It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY. One of the conditions of being released on bond is that you won't commit any more criminal offenses while released. You do the math!!

State Laws
Unemployment Benefits

If hairdressers are paid by commission are they entitled to unemployment benefits?

No. State regulations will exclude people paid by commission from unemployment benefits.

Criminal Law
State Laws
Federal Laws

Can a convicted felon possess black powder firearms in Virginia?

No. Your local, county, state, and federal authorities are available by making a simple phone call.

Please direct your inquiry there.


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