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Q: A sealed evidence bag with methamphatmine was in my car when I went to pick it up from police impound. What to do?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 15, 2021

Call your attorney and do not talk to anyone else about this. You do not want to be charged with possession or even tampering with evidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: My car was seized due to a drug charge. After my sentencing, the judge ordered the car be returned.

When I went to retrieve the car, I looked in the glove box and a sealed evidence bag (from someone else’s case) was in there. What should I do?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 15, 2021

Call your attorney and ask him for assistance. This should be returned to the District Attorney General who will need it for a case. And maybe there is something that you might get for your honesty from the DA. Some LEO is going to be very embarrassed, so it is better to deal with the DA than... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Military Law for Tennessee on
Q: My military spouse had an affair with another service member. The individual attempted to slander my name can you help?

The individual vandalized their own property in Virginia where they reside the individual went so far as to leave a letter with my spouses name as if I left the letter and vandalized their property leading to an investigation and being questioned I have never seen or met this individual nor do I... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 8, 2021

It does not appear any libel jurisdiction exists in TN if VA is where it occurred. Contact a VA attorney for which there are several here on Justia.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: if I signed something while under the influence of something &also having a mental disability & didn't understand

i was lied to about everything from the beginning! first medical purposes only then I got a letter in the mail saying that I owed child support weeks and weeks later when the ones helping me with the child told me the reason they were offering me their help was because they could afford it and they... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Oct 29, 2020

The law presumes people understand and read what they signed. Otherwise it would be really hard to enforce contracts. All someone would have to say is "I didn't understand" or "I didn't read."

On the other hand if you have a mental disability that would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can anything be done to a person who has constantly sent me threatening messages through different apps?

I've been sent threatening messages from the same person through different accounts and they have made fake accounts just to be able to send these messages to me. Does it still count towards harassment even though it's fake accounts and names?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Oct 20, 2020

Yes, you may want to consider seeking an Order of Protection against this person. You could also consider calling the non-emergency police line and reporting the harassment. Sometimes a cease and desist letter from an attorney is successful in getting someone to stop messaging. If these options... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: I was let go from my job today, stating I made too many mistakes. From my first day, a co-worker who was supposed to be

My back up and train me deliberately only gave me half answers so I would make mistakes, was exceptionally rude in tone and gestures, and would tell lies about me while not helping me ever. My VP and my manager both asked me how I was getting along with her when I first started which should have... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Mar 12, 2020

You should consult with an attorney. You have several options here. Some of which you said you do not want to pursue. One option is to send your former co-worker a demand letter threatening to sue her if she talks about you with others. That may help in this situation. Overall, you should discuss... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Tennessee on
Q: My boss is aware that a customer sexually harasses his staff & doesnt care. Can I post that on fb w/ his name w/out gett

ing sued?

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Dec 31, 2019

You should consult with an attorney who practices employment law in Tennessee prior to posting anything about your boss or his business on Facebook, even if you don't explicitly identify him or the company by name. Defamation laws are state-specific. An employment attorney will be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: How do I file against someone who files a false claim.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 31, 2019

A Tennessee attorney could advise you best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could notify the entity with which the claim was filed that it was based on false information. You could contact a Tennessee attorney to discuss the viability of a defamation claim against the wrongdoer.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: My cousin told me she was going to Seattle, and then going to Los Angeles and on to Sacramento then back home. I paid

$638 for Seattle alone and then another $360 for the California trip. Unfortunately I was hospitalized Western State and was there for 3 days. Upon my release which was also 1 week out to go to Seattle, I was unable to go do to a new medication and I told my cousin immediately but she didn’t... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Aug 28, 2019

I can't tell why you would be sued for the facts provided? Did you promise to pay for the trips? She may not have a good case, but unfortunately, if you are sued you should appear at the court date. Otherwise, you risk having a default judgment entered against you.

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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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: PLEASE HELP AND PLEASE READ. Is there a way to find out who called dcs on me?

Someone (i actually know who it is but cant prove it) has been harassing my phone with anonymous texting apps mentioning where i live, saying dcs has been called, calling me racial slurs, Saying im poor and police wont help me, even claimed to be a dcs worker etc. Then ive had 2 dcs complaints... Read more »

Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Mar 30, 2019

No DCS reports are anonymous.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: Someone is pretending to be me , what do I do?

Someone I know is pretending to be me through fake numbers and fake Facebook profile and they are literally harassing theirself from MY name. They have made a police report stating that I've been harassing them and threatening them but I haven't! I'm so scared because they've... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Mar 27, 2019

Call the local police/detectives office- get the documents together and explain the whole history to them. If the other person has committed identity theft, the police will instruct you on how to prosecute them.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: How do I file an instance of a false report filed against me by a neighbor? I have a notarized affidavit as proof.

This is in TN. A neighbor filed a police report against me for harassment. On the report (and per the police officer's statement to me), my neighbor

claimed I called Animal Control on her 13 times in the past few weeks. I obtained an affidavit from Animal Control stating I had only... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 22, 2019

A lawyer would not help you anyway. You might complain to the Sheriff's Office but most LEO's are going to ignore you. The same goes with the DA's and Magistrates. I would recommend you get over it, as there is no way the neighbor will be prosecuted.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: What can I do about someone publicly posting false things and slander about me on social media?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 16, 2018

I do not practice in Tennessee but your question remains open for four weeks. You could consult with an attorney in your state to evaluate the things posted, and learn if it would be cost-effective to pursue such a claim. You could also inquire with the attorney about the timeframes within which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Collections and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: I'm being given death threats from 2 individuals, from a group I was "working" with. they issue me a cease and desist.

there are many involved mostly a former billionaire and founder of a world wide known anti-virus company well his second in command after issuing me death threats to me and my girlfriendx slandered me to over 850k Twitter followers and made absolutely false acquisitions publicly. well. after going... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 2, 2018

You have a claim for unjust enrichment, possibly contract claims and conversion. You need a member of the Trial Lawyers Assn for the place where this happened or the corporation is located. Look for one who handles commercial claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: Do I have a legitimate case against my former employer for defamation of character, lost wages, emotional damages, etc ?

On 7/27 I was unexpectedly directed to a back office by my boss where the door was closed and I was told to sit down. I was completely unaware of what was going on and I was in this small office with my direct supervisor and a woman xxx from the HR department. xxx and my boss proceeded to... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Sep 26, 2018

I have not researched that issue legally, because I have had no cases on that subject. However, when I was a senior partner at a large, multi-state law firm, it was very important, based on our lawyers' advice, that the CEO only disclose the date of hire and the date the employee left. That... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: What do I do about a( sheriff dupty) and a 911 worker posting false accusations about me on Facebook

Isn't that a cyber crime? Cyber

Bullying and harassment?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 12, 2018

Violation of privacy, slander---get screen captures of the postings, go see a member of the Tenn Assn for Justice who handles those cases--they give free consults

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: My name isn't on the birth certificate, does not have my last name, mother has full custody, and i dont see him. Help?

His mom has full custody, she wouldnt let him have my last name even though we agreed if it was a boy i got to pick the name but when we found out it was a boy she wouldnt let pick the name against out agreement therefor i never signed the birth certificate. She let her at the time ex boyfriend... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 17, 2018

It sounds like you need a lawyer to help you establish paternity and potentially seek custody of your son. If you prove through DNA that you are the father, the court may order that the child has your last name.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: What are my options when my girlfriends ex husband is using false claims from his family and friends against me in court

My girlfriend is going through a custody battle with her ex husband. He has taken the kids away from her because of false accusations of absuse from people I have never met before on his side of the family and has tried to use statements from them in the court.. most of the claims have been... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Feb 24, 2018

You have no legal options related to the custody case. Your girlfriend does. She needs a lawyer. You may have a defamation cause of action but an attorney would need to review more facts than you have included here to advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Tennessee on
Q: My car got broken into and I got robbed due to negligence from the security team at a hotel. Would I win a lawsuit?

They intentionally turned out the security lights and didn't patrol the parking lot, even after it started to get foggy.

My wife's grandmother died the same day, so it was an emotionally taxing day.

I tried to reason with them, but they will not budge. I'm so pissed... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 31, 2018

Would you win? Who knows. You may have a case for negligence and other tort claims against the hotel. But you would have to prove that they didn't provide proper security or were otherwise negligence and that they breached their duty of care and caused you to suffer damages.

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