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 […]

What’s the difference between a trial and a hearing?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you have had any interaction with the legal system, there are two terms that you will hear quite often, “trial” and “hearing.”  What do these two terms really mean?  Do they mean the same thing?  Yes and no.  Although some attorneys will use the terms interchangeably, they do have practical differences. […]

Factors used to determine child custody

By Jedidiah McKeehan Whether you are married or not, if you and the other parent of your children decide to part ways, it is necessary to put a custody arrangement in place. How does a court determine what the custody arrangement will be?  Does the mother always get more of the time?  Does the court […]

The Most Common Types of Parenting Schedules

By Jedidiah McKeehan When individuals who have children get divorced they are required to enter in to a “Parenting Plan.” This plan dictates who gets the children on what dates. This plan stays in place until the children turn 18 or graduate from high school, whichever comes later. The plan will have a day to […]

How long does it take to get divorced?

By Jedidiah McKeehan When people come see me to get divorced, one of the questions that I hear the most is, “I want this done as quickly as possible, how long will it take until I’m actually divorced?” The answer is, “Well, it depends.” Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 36-4-101, the absolute quickest that you […]

What Does a Bailiff Do?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you have ever been in a courtroom, then you may have noticed the gentleman up near the judge’s bench, in dress jackets, wearing badges and surveying the crowd.  Who do these people think they are anyway?  They are not lawyers, they are not cops, they are bailiffs. A bailiff is a […]

How Is Child Support Calculated?

By Jedidiah McKeehan What is child support?  Child support is money paid from one parent of a child to the other parent of a child.  This money is supposed to be used to care for and help raise the child. It goes without saying, child support only comes in to play when the parents of […]

What Does a Court Reporter Do?

By Jedidiah McKeehan While watching a courtroom scene on TV or in a movie, you may have noticed an individual sitting near the judge, staring with great intent at whichever character is talking and furiously pushing buttons on a little device on a stand in front of them. Who is this person? What in the […]

Do They Really Have to Give You a Traffic Citation?

By Jedidiah McKeehan So you are in downtown Knoxville, you just need to do one errand, and it will only take a second, and you cannot find anywhere to park!  Surely it will be okay if you park in front of a fire hydrant for three minutes.  You will put your flashers on and you […]

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