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 […]

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Living Trust

By Jedidiah McKeehan Before we get into the advantages and disadvantages of a living trust, let’s define exactly what we mean by the term living trust.   What is a living trust? A living trust is a legal device people use to place their assets (property, resources, estate, holdings, goods, and other valuables) into this […]

Two grounds for a divorce in Tennessee

By Jedidiah McKeehan With the 10th highest divorce rate in the United States (13 percent), chances are you or someone you know will go through the process of obtaining a divorce. And despite what you’ve seen on television or in the movies (“War of the Roses” comes to mind), getting a divorce in Tennessee can be […]

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