Do I have to sign a traffic citation?

By Jed McKeehan When you are pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign, or some other traffic violation, you will be told why you are being cited and you will be asked to sign the traffic citation as proof you understand the violations you have committed. But, do you really have to sign […]

The difference between probation and parole

By Jedidiah McKeehan Two common legal terms that are often confused are probation and parole. While these terms are used frequently, there are some similarities and some differences. Probation generally happens before going to jail.  Probation is what a defendant will receive when a sentence has been suspended.  A suspended sentence means that they will serve […]

Misdemeanor v. Felony Offenses

By Jedidiah McKeehan As complicated as the criminal justice may seem, there are really only three different levels of offenses: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. An infraction is something simple like a speeding ticket or a moving violation, where a police officer will write you a ticket and you are required to pay a fine or […]

Liens: What They Are, What They Do

By Jedidiah McKeehan The Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word, “lien,” is: a legal claim that someone or something has on the property of another person until a debt has been paid back. Sometimes the dictionary doesn’t do a great job describing legal issues or phrases, but it did pretty well in this instance. In […]

Judicial Diversion: What It is and What It Means

By Jedidiah McKeehan There is a lot of confusion about the term judicial diversion, with many thinking it is something like a “get out of jail free” card. Judicial diversion, at its base level, means you can plead guilty to a charge and serve the probationary period for that charge and then at the end of […]

Explaining Statute of Limitations

By Jedidiah McKeehan The statute of limitations is a law which states how long you have to bring a lawsuit against someone who has harmed you. Each state has a different time limit for different situations. Here are some statute of limitations commonly encountered in the state of Tennessee. The first one, and most common, is […]

Common Misconceptions When Being Arrested or Questioned

By Jedidiah McKeehan You have probably never been questioned or arrested by the police, but, in the unlikely case this happens in the future, here are some tips to keep in mind and some misconceptions presented by movies and TV that you may want to avoid. When you are approached by a police officer, whether […]

Small Claims Court in Tennessee

By Jedidiah McKeehan In Tennessee, small claims court is called General Sessions Civil Court. This is the appropriate court if are suing for $25,000.00 or less (considered a “small claim” in the state of Tennessee). Any amount above $25,000.00 goes to a different court. How Do You File a Lawsuit in Small Claims Court It’s […]

Costs Associated With Being Arrested

By  Jedidiah McKeehan When people get arrested, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Oh no, I’m going to jail and who knows how long I’ll have to stay.” But what they often forget about is the enormous cost that can be associated just with getting arrested and going — to court even if the […]