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 […]

Can You Legally Record Phone Conversations?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So you may have found yourself in a situation where you think, “I should be recording this phone conversation.” Is it legal to record a phone conversation?  Do you have to tell the other person that you are recording the conversation like the collection agencies do when you talk to them? No, […]

What Does a Bail Bondsman Do?

By Jed McKeehan I was recently in Sevier County and saw a car advertising sticker for a bail bondsman service and their tag line made me chuckle, “Because We All Have That One Friend.” Maybe you can relate to that.  Bailing someone out of jail is never fun, having to be bailed out of jail […]

When Can An Employer Fire You?

By Jedidiah McKeehan From time to time, someone will contact me who has been fired or let go and they will ask me if they have a cause of action against their employer for wrongful termination or retaliatory discharge.  Before I even know any of the facts my default answer is, “probably not.” Tennessee is […]

What to do when you have to go to court

By Jedidiah McKeehan Going to court is not something that most individuals do on a regular basis.  So when they actually do have to go to court there is often anxiety and nervousness about where to go, and what to wear.  Here are some tips. Where to Go: One thing I recommend, especially in Knox […]

What’s the difference between jail and prison?

By Jed McKeehan When I speak with individuals who do not work in the legal field (and sometimes even when they do), they will use the terms “jail” and “prison” interchangeably.  The terms “attorney” and “lawyer” mean the same thing, do “jail” and “prison” mean the same thing?  No, they do not. Jails are usually […]

Can you be arrested for peeping?

By Jed McKeehan In my years in the legal profession, there are some laws for which I have never seen someone arrested.  The “Peeping Tom” statute is one of them. Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-607, titled, “Observation without consent,” states: (a) It is an offense for a person to knowingly spy upon, observe or otherwise view […]

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