What is the Tennessee Code Annotated?

By Jed McKeehan The vast majority of laws that apply to individuals on a daily basis are state laws. Of course we have federal laws like the Constitution that establish many of our most important rights, but state laws generally govern our daily interactions. They govern what is considered a crime and how long a […]

What Does the Law Say About Having Car Insurance?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Why exactly do we have to have car insurance?  Is it really against the law to drive around without having it? Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) Title 55, Chapter 12 is titled, “Financial Responsibility,” and discusses what is required. T.C.A. 55-12-102 states that “proof of financial responsibility” means: a policy with a limit […]

When your child’s other parent stops child support

By Jed McKeehan If you have a child and are either divorced, or were never married and do not reside with the other parent, there is a decent chance there is a child support order in place stating what one parent is to pay another parent in child support on a monthly basis. You can […]

Can You Possess a Firearm While Drinking?

By Jedidiah McKeehan In Tennessee, people love their guns.  You may be a gun lover yourself.  You may have multiple guns and have your handgun carry permit. Not that long ago the laws were changed in Tennessee to allow gun owners more freedom to carry their guns at parks and in bars.  But what exactly […]

What Does it Actually Mean to Be Publicly Intoxicated?

By Jed McKeehan So you may have heard the term, “public intoxication.” As many bars and restaurants there are in the world, it can be surprising that its actually a crime to be intoxicated in a public place. I thought these places were trying to make me intoxicated! Unfortunately, it is a crime, a Class […]

What is a Clerk and Master?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard of the legal title, “Clerk and Master,” at some point. What does that term mean? Who is that person? Is it the same person? Yes, it is a weird name for one person. The Clerk and Master performs some of the same duties as the Clerk of a […]

What Is the Lemon Law and When Does it Apply?

By Jed McKeehan If you ever hear anyone complain of buying a vehicle that has problems, you always hear people say, “Well you should be protected by the lemon law!”  Are you really?  Is that just some made up thing?  How often does the lemon law actually apply? A “Lemon” is a motor vehicle sold […]

What Do the Terms Joint Custody and Full Custody Mean?

By Jed McKeehan There are terms that I often hear thrown around by individuals in relation to the custody of children, and that’s “joint custody,” and “full custody,” and I don’t know that people really know what these terms actually mean. Full custody of a child is primarily a myth that does not exist except […]

What Does a Court Clerk Do?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard the term “court clerk” at some point and wonder, “What does a court clerk do?”  How does someone become a court clerk, anyway? The courts that have clerks are circuit, general sessions, criminal and juvenile court.  In each county there is at least one person who is the […]

What is the Open Container Law?

By Jed McKeehan Tennessee Code Annotated Section 55-10-416 defines an “Open Container,” as a container containing alcoholic beverages or beer, the contents of which are immediately capable of being consumed or the seal of which has been broken. The statute goes on to say that if the open container is in the possession of the […]

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