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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: I sign for 11 months and within two month of living here they said they send a letter saying if we don’t fix the problem

Noise complaint than we get evection for it. They said we have 14 day to fix it but they want us to leave because of noise complaint and i pay them rent on time would that go on my record and stay on there for 7 years for noise complaint

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 16, 2019

No. Not as long as the rent is paid.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: How and where can I access a federal class action lawsuit that was filed in 1984 in Memphis, TN?
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 10, 2019

Name

Subject

Too many factors

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Tennessee on
Q: Teen daughter got a ticket for speeding in school zone. The lights wasn’t flashing & wasn’t time for school to dismiss.

The zone they got her in school let out an hour after the time on her ticket.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 17, 2019

The Daughter might hire an attorney, or might represent herself. She needs to be very polite, and try to explain what happened to the Prosecutor or Judge. But it is very likely she will be found guilty, and the Appeal is De Novo to Circuit, that is not cheap or easy. The Officer will certainly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: I was told by officer was stopped cause left friends house, no citation, searched after repeatedly telling them not to

Then contaminated by opening bag and taking dirt into it. Might been max. .02. Charged with .27 cause told they can weigh bag as dope also. Improper search, stop charge and tampering with evidence. Am I correct.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 16, 2019

You have not stated what you are questioning. What drug was involved? What was the purported reason for the stop? What was the charge? Obviously you are unsure of what has happened, but apparently you are in trouble. Hire a competent attorney now. Do not contact the "friends" that got you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Does a male cop have the right to search a female or does he have to call out a female cop to search her
Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Sep 14, 2019

It really depends on the situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Can a cop search a vehicle on minor traffic stop, that isn't the drivers car & I say no to search it don't belong to me

The cop pulled me over as I was turning in my friend driveway so it was private property. When I told him no to the search he already had a k9 cop present plus another cop car present for minor traffic stop. He ran the k9 around the car without my permission and they said the dog hit but he never... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Sep 12, 2019

The police can stop a car with probable cause - such as a minor traffic violation. If you do not consent to a search, the police can use a K9 so long as the use of the dog does not prolong the traffic stop. If the K9 hits on the car, that is probable cause to search the interior. If you have been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Does K-9 Police Dog have wear something visible that let's you know it's a cop and the handler also have to

Minor traffic stop why would cop ask to search the vehicle & when being told no the car wasn't mine he got k9 and the k9 never found any drugs

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 11, 2019

Each police service sets its own policies and rules about officer's uniforms. However, the unlawful motor vehicle search would make an interesting argument if you were charged.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: A friend of mine from Tennessee is getting married by me in the state of missouri. I'm seeking legal information

I am ordained through the ULC and have performed weddings before. Apparently her state does not recognize the ULC. My question is will that be a problem since she is getting married in a state that does recognize the ULC? The lisence is from Tennessee.

Kimberly K. Schreiber
Kimberly K. Schreiber answered on Aug 30, 2019

Where is the marriage license from?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: I have a tenant that has not paid rent in three months she finally moved out and moved to Tennessee house with Maine.

She fluttered part of the house damaged walls ceiling and doors. Good luck at state so I couldn’t feel her I think the collection agency after her and she refuses to pay. What are my options to get the money she owes over six grand? Can I sue her and Tennessee myself or should I let the credit... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 20, 2019

You might file a Sessions suit for the Lease Breach by not paying, if you know how to serve her. If you get a Tennessee Judgment for the Rent owing, you can file it as a Judgment Lien in whatever County in Maine she lives in. I do not know how many years the Lien will be good for, but this may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: I have a tenant that has not paid rent in three months she finally moved out and moved to Tennessee house with Maine.

She floored part of the house damaged walls ceiling and doors. Then left the state so I couldn’t sue her. I hire a collection agency to finder her. She is refuses to pay. What are my options to get the money she owes over six grand? Can I sue her in Tennessee myself what are the rule there or... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Aug 20, 2019

What does the lease say about damages or venue? Your question is also confusing - did she lease property in Tennessee and move to Maine, or the other way? Typically, you sue the person where they leased the property but you will need to serve her with the lawsuit where she lives now. Here in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: I just received a civil retainer warrant to vacate my apartment (I was unfairly terminated by the owners) A court date

has been set.How long will I have to vacate if I lose the case on the 23rd?

What the procedure

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Aug 12, 2019

If you lose on the 23rd you would have 10 days to vacate or the landlord can file a writ of possession and have the sheriff remove you. Or you could appeal within 10 days should you lose. As for the procedure - that's not a question that can be answered here as it can be complicated. You should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: if i am 16 and i want to move out do i have to be emancipated or can i legally just leave as long as i’m not in danger?
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Aug 5, 2019

You may be considered a runaway and you could potentially get in trouble with DCS and/or law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is it unconstitutional for an SOR to make you register as a sex offender an offense that is not a sex offense

Indecent exposure is not a sex offense in TN and does not require registration, if violation was in TN. If same violation is from another state they make you register

Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Jul 28, 2019

If it is required in the state you were convicted in then it is required in Tennessee.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: if i was sentenced 2 years and the judge gave me over 1000 days credit on that 2 years and i sat in jail for 5 months

i was incarcerated january sentence march got out the end of may with all that credit missed my child’s birth

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 13, 2019

Your question does not make sense. If you had more credit than the time sentenced, why would you not have been on probation?

I don't think there is a lot you can do about it now, though. I would talk to a local criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Tennessee on
Q: Was is unlawful possession carry for first timers.and what if they got the guns out my house?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 10, 2019

You probably got arrested/cited for Going Armed, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. That is a 11 mo/29 days possible Sentence. If LEO's took your weapons, then they may have had legal justification or they may not have. Since there is a Criminal Charge you must be careful how you demand and maybe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: I'm not sure who to go to. The Chief of Police made me out to be a liar on Facebook. I wasn't lying and he knows it.

I was falsely arrested and taken to the Soddy Daisy Police Department. I wasn't charged with any crime, although they did try to charge me with obstruction of justice for pleading the 5th Amendment.

I posted a comment about being Falsely Arrested on the Soddy Daisy Police Department... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jul 3, 2019

I recommend you find an experienced attorney in the area of Constitutional rights and defamation law and consult with that attorney about what potential claims you may have here.

There are many ways to find an attorney, you could ask family or friends for recommendations, search on Justia,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Where would I call to file a criminal charge for official misconduct on tn city employee, no response from demand letter

We sent a demand letter to the city a few weeks ago and recieved no response. Whom do we contact to file a criminal complaint on a city employee for official misconduct.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 26, 2019

Your demand letter in conjunction with a criminal complaint could possibly be construed as extortion. If you still wish to pursue, then call the Sheriff, then Police, then District Attorney General. Finally you have a statutory right to file an affidavit in support of being heard before the next... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Tennessee on
Q: How do these laws apply to out of state law enforcement.

Regarding carry in national parks and places (eg restaurants ) that display no carry signs

Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Jun 19, 2019

Best rule of thumb don’t carry if you don’t know the rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Tax Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: How much will it cost to have an attorney look closed case up and determine if It can be thrown out? Or general info.

I've been put thru hell since last court case and divorce. I've reached out to law and or friends. I need a chance at successful life. Career advancement and i want to know about placement for witnesses for gov.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

Unless you can get a lot more specific facts about your needs you will not be able to get the interest pf any lawyers.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: Hotel Occupancy T.C.A. 67-4-4(7). Does the police not have to enforce the law whether civil or criminal?

My husband and I checked in on 8/30/2018. We have been here continuously, since. I have receipts to prove this. With that TCA, does the police not have to enforce the law as stated, even though it is civil? This hotel also turned our power off, and I know this is illegal as well, so I flagged a... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 13, 2019

You are incorrect. The Police enforce criminal law violations. It is up to the citizen or the civil authorities to enforce common law, statutes and equitable principles in the Courts of our State. You may have a cause of action to sue for damages or to enjoin what you believe are illegal... Read more »

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