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Q: i got a reckless driving ticket in the state of tennessee back in oct 2019. Was supose to appear in court in blount Co.

missed court in march 2020 around beginning of covid. Also i live in central Indiana. Recently called their courthouse, they said i would have to appear in front of judge before i was able to get my liscence reinstated. what am i facing when i go there? Also the offense was for riding a wheelie on... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 16, 2022

Hire a competent attorney to turn you in to the Court when you are not on the Docket. The Judge may arrest you, set Bond, or you might dispose of it all at once. You will need cash that day. Once it is paid in full, take that Receipt back to IN DMV, etc.

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Q: Doordash requires you to tap your phone more than once while driving, what if you receive this ticket while doordashing?

To accept and decline orders within the time they give you, you must unlock your phone then accept and put it into your maps, or to decline you must decline then give reasoning why you’re declining. Almost impossible to not tap or swipe just once. Could you get out of this violation on those terms?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 31, 2022

The driver is violating the Rules of the Road, not some company on the phone. So the driver is charged only.

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Q: If a 17yr.old gets a speeding ticket and pays it do they still have to be at court
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 17, 2022

I do not recommend just paying it, which is a conviction. Go to Court in a respectful manner with enough cash to pay whatever the Judge orders. Some type of Diversion might occur, and it cannot get worse.

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Q: What happens if you don’t show up to court in Tennessee?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 9, 2022

Generally in civil cases, a default judgment will go down against you. In a criminal case, the judge will issue capias for your arrest or a failure to appear arrest warrant. Some civil cases could result in contempt jail time, and some rule of the road violations will also result in a suspended... Read more »

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Q: If my 15 year old son is driving and his dad has a beer open and drinking it, if they get pulled over what could happen
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 18, 2022

DUI By Consent, Underage Drinking, Contributing to Delinquency, Etc.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket. The cop that pulled me over messed up the description color of my car. Can I get it thrown out
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 15, 2022

The prosecution has the burden of proof and at trial would call the law enforcement officer who would identify you as the operator of a vehicle which was exceeding the speed limit. You or your attorney can question the law enforcement officer as to the inconsistencies however, the officer would... Read more »

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Q: Can the court see if you’ve completed traffic school in the past year?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 1, 2022

They can ask you or any of the traffic schools. But usually you will get away with going to school again and submitting the Certificate. Sometime the school will not allow you to attend.

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Q: What happens if ticket isn't turned in within 30 days?

I was given a speeding ticket 24 days ago and the officer still hasn't turned it in to the station. I have now called 3 times and still nothing. What happens if they don't turn in the ticket within the 30 days?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 24, 2022

TN LEOs have a year to initiate a misdemeanor prosecution. You should continue to call the Sessions or City Court that you think is involved. But if you were not arrested, the Court Date should appear on the Citation.

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Q: I got a 116 in a 55. The cop only gave me a speeding ticket instead of reckless driving. What can I expect at court?

Went to court and the judge was late so the attorney assisting is the one who made the call to move my date to a new court room due to feeling like I should have received a reckless driving charge. Can they add that?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Mar 21, 2022

You need an attorney to represent you so that things like what you described do not continue to happen. An accusation of exceeding the speeding limit by over 60 mph is not going to get you any sympathy but if you have an attorney he should be able to keep your from getting railroaded.

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Q: I received a speeding ticket of 68 mph in 50 mph zone but the officer listed my car as a 4 door but it's only a 2 door.

I explained to the officer I had just pulled out which was true and could not have reached that speed in the amount of time from which I was stopped. I was before 6am and dark and the officer was heading in the opposite way but stated I was clocked by radar. I have a Mustang, it is a 2 door vehicle... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 21, 2022

No. General Sessions allows oral amendments quickly for the State, if needed. Either hire an Attorney or represent yourself in a respectful manner. Bring cash for the costs.

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Q: After getting statement from physician about medical purposes, who or where do i take said statement for review in Tn?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 7, 2022

What is your question? If this concerns a Traffic Violation, then your attorney needs the medical record so he can talk to the DA. Such records are heresay but sometimes help.

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Q: I was pulled over for 108mph in a 65mph zone what am I looking at for ticket $

Will I be charged with a misdemeanor

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 25, 2022

Apparently you already received a Misdemeanor Citation, or you would be in jail. The 43 over is 8 points added to your your MVR. 3 more points in a year and you lose your TNDL. Go to Court in a respectful manner with cash to pay the Court. Some type of Diversion or a lesser speed plea might... Read more »

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Q: If I received a speeding ticket in Tennessee, but just mail in payment with the citation, do I have to attend court?

I am going to be out of the country at the date assigned on my ticket and am choosing to just mail in payment instead. Can I mail in payment for my ticket in Tennessee (Sumner County - Portland, TN) without having to physically attend court in person?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 10, 2022

You will need to call the Court Clerk and ask. That will be a conviction with points added to your MVR.

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Q: I was cited only for speeding doing 100 in a 55 while passing. If I pay online can they still add more charges?

It has been suggested to me that I pay online and take the 6 points because if I went to court they could add a reckless driving charge. This is my first ticket in years so I have no points. I was also told that the DA would probably not work with me. The ticket was issued by a Tennessee State... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 17, 2021

Who told you that the DA would probably not work with you? And he may not, however he may work with a traffic ticket attorney representing you. My recommendation is that you contact a few traffic ticket or criminal defense attorneys in the jurisdiction where the ticket was issued----discuss your... Read more »

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Q: If my speeding ticket has my wrong address and license number will it be dismissed?

I have a South Carolina license. When I received the citation in Tennessee I gave him my South Carolina Drivers license. On my citation it has my old Tennessee address and old Tennessee license number.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 30, 2021

Sessions Court can and will make amendments to the Citation for the State. Appear respectfully in Court and maybe it will go well. You might want to hire an attorney.

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Q: Hi, I have recently put Christmas lights in the cabin of my car. Under TN law, is it illegal for me to have them on?

They are colored red, yellow, blue, and green. They have multiple modes like alternating blinking, slow fade, and constant.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Nov 29, 2021

There's a chance you could get stopped for unauthorized use of lights, especially blinking blue and red.

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Q: What is the bond amount for driving on suspended license, no insurance and hit and run?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 29, 2021

There is no set Bond amount. Every Judge/Magistrate sets different amounts. Put some money together, get a Bondsman ready, and turn yourself in. You might want to hire an attorney now.

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Q: The state trooper wrote the wrong address, and model of the vehicle on the ticket.

The ticket was for 70 in a 55. With the incorrect information, would this be grounds to dismiss the citation?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 23, 2021

General Sessions is not a Court of record, so amendments of the Citation are easy. Appear respectfully in Court and after informing the DA/Judge of the mistakes, see if there is some way that no points go on your MVR for the last year.

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Q: I got pulled over the officer said I was going 97 in a 70 and wrote me a ticket.

First of all I was not going 97 but the only proof I have is mine and my husband's word I had just left a rest stop and pulled out on the highway behind 2 diesel trucks going 67 mph I had finger on my cruise control button waiting to get up to 70 to push it

The cop made several... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 18, 2021

Hire an attorney to represent you. Apparently you do not know when Court is, and definitely need someone's help. A conviction would be several points on your MVR. Some type of diversion or a 4 mph over might be available.

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