Explaining police reports

By Jedidiah McKeehan Police work is often glamorized and over-dramatized in tv shows and movies.  The police are often in car chases, conducting these really intense interrogations, or using big white boards to connect the dots of how a crime syndicate works. While some of that goes on, not much of it goes on.  If […]

What does it mean to file something under seal?

By Jedidiah McKeehan You may or may not have realized this, but almost all court documents are public records.  If you really wanted to, you could show up at the courthouse and peruse court filings.  In fact, bored reporters may do just that, looking to find a juicy story from a filed lawsuit. Most cases […]

Do’s and don’ts for when you are pulled over for speeding

By Jedidiah McKeehan Okay, so maybe you were driving faster than you should have been.  You see the blue lights behind you.  Let’s walk through the do’s and don’ts from that point forward. Do: Pull over as soon as possible.  Pull way over, not just barely out of the way of traffic. Don’t: Keep driving.  […]

What is the landlord actually responsible for fixing?

By Jedidiah McKeehan If you are renting a house, and something breaks, or is not working, who is responsible for fixing it?  You may think that the landlord is responsible for fixing it, and the landlord may say you are responsible for it, but what does the law actually say? There is an entire chapter […]

Getting the Unclaimed Property to Which You are Entitled

By Jedidiah McKeehan Would you like to see if there is money being held by the state of Tennessee to which you are entitled?  It will take less than 5 minutes!  If you visit the website, claimittn.gov, you can search the state’s database to see if you are entitled to unclaimed property. The state of […]

Answering Questions About Marijuana

By Jedidah McKeehan If you ever happen to overhear a conversation between a criminal defendant and their attorney, and they are discussing the defendant’s drug use, that conversation may go something like this: Lawyer: Are you taking any illegal drugs? Defendant: I only smoke marijuana. Lawyer:  That is generally considered a less-serious drug and not […]

Who is qualified to be a judge?

By Jedidiah McKeehan Being a judge sounds like a cool job, right?  You get to wear that fancy robe and get to make decisions all day regarding people’s lives.  Oh, and you get to bang one of those gavels, and yell, “you are out of order!”  Who wouldn’t want to be a judge?  How can […]