Chattanooga, TN asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Tennessee

Q: Improper passing of a stopped school bus and told it was a Class C by the officer. Do I have to be booked for this?

I was driving in a 5 lane road and the bus was stopped on the oncoming traffic side 4 lanes over. I was looking in my mirror at a guy on my tail. I looked back down to see the bus and hit my brakes. The guy behind me came even closer so I let off and eased forward past the bus with the guy behind me. A cop pulled out behind the guy, flipped lights on, and swerved around to pull me over. He gave me a citation and said it was a class C misdemeanor and gave me a court date along with a booking date. He told me I only needed to give my fingerprints. Is this required for this misdemeanor?

1 Lawyer Answer
Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: It is up to the LEO whether to arrest you or summon you to Court. Here a Citation was issued, but he is requiring you to be booked. You must show up for the process or an Arrest Warrant for a Class A Misdemeanor will probably be issued.

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