What Is a Court Order?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you have ever been involved in a legal proceeding, you may have gone in front of a judge at some point and heard the judge “order” that one or both of the parties to the lawsuit do something.  Those things that a judge says are what is called the court’s “order.” […]

How is DNA Evidence Used in Paternity Lawsuits?

By Jedidiah McKeehan It seems that whenever I am watching a crime drama on TV, the detective and his team are using some fancy DNA test to figure out who the criminal is.  Unfortunately, that does not happen really at all in the real world (sorry to burst your bubble).  However, DNA testing is used […]

What happens during mediation

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may have heard of the legal term, “mediation.” What is it? What happens during a mediation? A mediation is an informal process that is used in a large number of lawsuits to try to settle the cases before they go to trial. When a lawsuit has been filed, but before it […]

Watch out, slow drivers!

  By Jedidiah McKeehan So, you may or may not know, but as of 2016 there is a statute on the books in Tennessee that punishes slow drivers.  So, warn those slow drivers in your life to speed up! Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 55-8-204, on interstates or highways when there are three or […]

Transporting children in a truck bed

  By Jedidiah McKeehan Something you do not see too often anymore is kids riding in the back of trucks, which is a good thing.  It is always better to be safe, especially when children are involved, and have them ride inside of the vehicle in the appropriate car seat.  However, is having kids, or […]

Duty to Render Aid

  By Jedidiah McKeehan In the final episode of Seinfeld, the four main characters are sent to jail for a year for failing to render aid to someone getting mugged (if you have not seen it yet, I am not sorry, it aired 20 years ago). There is a similar statute in Tennessee that requires […]

Can it be a Crime to Wear a Body Vest?

It seems weird to think that wearing a bulletproof vest can be a crime in and of itself, but it can be.  Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1323 states that if you commit certain crimes while wearing body armor you can be charged with another crime on top of the crime you were caught committing! What are […]

What is a Notice of Appearance?

By Jedidiah McKeehan There may come a point in your life when a lawsuit is filed against you and you decide that you need to hire an attorney to represent you in court.  Or you may have filed a lawsuit on your own in general sessions (small claims) court and then decided at a later […]

What is an Affidavit?

By Jed McKeehan An affidavit is a legal term that you may have heard of, but what is it exactly and what purpose does it serve? An affidavit is a written statement that is typically signed in front of a notary that is filed with the court to show proof of something.  For example, if […]

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