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Q: What is the penalty for reckless driving in Tennessee

When I Google this, it tells me the maximum jail time is 6 months. But when I look up the statue on several websites, all it says is there is a 50$ fine. Where can I find accurate information regarding this?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 28, 2021

That is the maximum Fine and the maximum Sentence for a Class B Misdemeanor. But it will also add at least 5 points to your MVR. Hire an attorney to represent you.

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Q: Will the case get thrown out for having wrong info ID on one citation and the other citation with the right one?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 25, 2021

No. General Sessions is not a Court of Record such that amendments can be made orally by the DA, and the Judge annotates the Citation. You can tactfully inform the DA of the mistakes while asking for some type of Diversion or Dismissal.

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Q: Can I be cited for victicios tag and no insurance if I am not the registered owner of the vehicle
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 20, 2021

Yes as the operator. The owner did not violate the law as he was not operating the motor vehicle which violated various Rules of the Road.

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Q: Handed a ticket and the officer says there is no court date.and then I get a failure to appear

I had a tickett and there is no court date and I call the dep records and the lady sed she saw that I called to see when my court date was.i never did.i called to see whear to go show my license because I didn't have a court date the officer told me to go to the clerks office and show I had a... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 27, 2021

Nothing you have stated makes any sense. Hire a competent lawyer to represent you today. If you do not satisfy the Rule of the Road violation, your license will be suspended. Obviously you do not understand what is going on.

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Q: Can an evading arrest charge be dismissed...if the violation would have been a mere traffic violation?

My 21yr old son with a valid license was riding with his 19/20yr old friend without a valid drivers license....friend speeding passed thp opposite direction..he sped up got out of sight to swap seats cause he was unlicensed. When they began driving again..my son behind the wheel doing the speed... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 2, 2021

This is a public forum so you may have already messed up your Son's Case. Since he apparently stopped, it might be pleaded down. But your Son (or the so called friend) may have said too much. Son should hire a lawyer today, and stay out of trouble.

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Q: Does camera recorded violation result in insurance points in Tn? What happens if I don’t pay fine & add’l fee?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 18, 2021

No, no MVR points. You can be sued for a civil debt.

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Q: I am from California and was visiting Dover, TN. I got speeding citation going 48mph in a 20 mph school zone.

This was a complete mistake as my wife and I were lost. It was July and in California Schools have not been in session in over a 1 yr and half. Apparently summer school was in session in Dover. I have also not had a traffic violation in over 20 years. Do you think they will allow me to take a... Read more »

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

A violation in a school zone makes it more likely for a conviction. Go to Court in a respectful fashion and maybe some type of diversion will be offered. Bring cash to pay everything that day.

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Q: What happens when the prosecutor doesn't turn over body cam footage as requested by the defendant's attorney?
Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Aug 16, 2021

Your attorney should file a motion to compel.

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Q: I am 16. I just got pulled over for speeding 59 in a 40. Do i have to go to court or can i just pay a fine?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 12, 2021

Paying the Fine is a Conviction with points against the MVR. No telling what might happen if you respectfully go to Court. Take cash to pay costs.

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Q: If my grandson has permission to drive my insured car gets a speeding ticket in Tennessee. Can he be fined for the

Insurance coverage,which is my vehicle and covered by me?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 5, 2021

Not sure of your question. But if he received Citations for both Speeding and Lack of Financial Responsibility, then he needs to go to Court with proof of current Insurance. A local attorney might help alot in his case, especially since the vehicle has coverage. Apparently your Grandson did not... Read more »

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Q: If your on pre trail diversion, do points still go on cdl driving record for driving offenses?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 13, 2021

They can. But if you were diverted on a driving offense, then that should not be a conviction and no points on the MVR should be generated. Make sure you complete your Diverted Probation.

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Q: What are options and likely outcome for violation of Tennessee "Move over Law"?

I was issued a citation under the Move over Law. Situation was: I stopped before turning right from a side street into the right hand lane of a state highway (2 lanes in my direction of travel, speed limit 65). About 300 yards from the corner I'd just turned was an emergency vehicle, pulled... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 6, 2021

That sounds like a violation. It is a Class B Misdemeanor and LEO's take that Rule of the Road very seriously. Hire your immigration lawyer to represent you.

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Q: I received a traffic ticket in Gifford SC for speeding. I didn't look at the ticket until I got home (TN).

The officer's name listed was "Temporary Officer" and the Officer number was listed as "9999-9999" Is this a valid Ticket?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 28, 2021

Call the Court Clerk there and find out. It sounds like an inexperienced officer with no badge number. But that does not make it unenforceable, just easier to deal with.

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Q: I got was given a ticket for speeding, going 74mph in a 45mph work zone. What should I do?

The officer who pulled me over didn't state on the ticket that it was reckless, but I'm afraid I'll be charged as such. This is my first ticket ever but I'm afraid I'll be subject to jail time. Is hiring an attorney my best bet?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 14, 2021

Apparently you handled yourself well when the stop occurred. The Citation can be amended, but I doubt it will be anything worse than the 29 MPH over. That Violation will add 5 points to your MVR, so you must be careful for the next year. An attorney might help, especially as nervous as you... Read more »

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Q: I was issued a citation for Using a hand held device while driving a Class A Commercial vehicle.

The vehicle information on the citation is wrong, he also did not check the proper boxes for commercial vehicle and the license plate number doesn't match the vehicle. I also explained to the officer I was only restarting my phone by pressing the power button since it froze and I use it for... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 11, 2021

That was an admission to the crime. The Citation mistakes can be easily amended in Court. You might hire an attorney, but in any case, you will need to go to Court.

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Q: How should I plead to my speeding and failure to yield to blue lights ticket?

I recently received a speeding ticket for going 70 in a 55. I did not know the speed limit, as I had just turned down the street, so I was following traffic. The officer that pulled me over said that it was not his jurisdiction. When he pulled me over, he said that he was pulling me over for... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on May 31, 2021

You should consult with a few traffic ticket lawyers in the area/jurisdiction you were pulled over and then hire the one with whom you are most comfortable. Good luck.

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Q: I got pulled over and when everything was done I got hone and read the ticket it said I was going 45 in a 50

When I got pulled over the officer said I was doing 45 in a 30 but when I got home and read the ticket it says I was doing 45 in a 50 which isn’t speeding. What should I do?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 25, 2021

If the speed zone is 30 mph, then the Court will allow the State to simply state that for an amendment. Act respectful in Court and politely inform the DA or Judge of the speed zone on the Citation.

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Q: My husband was driving my vehicle and got a speeding ticket. The ticket is marked as vehicle registered to driver,

Vehicle is in my name. Does that count as wrong information marked? Should I go to court and point that out to get it invalidated?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 20, 2021

You are probably in General Sessions or City Court. The Court can easily amend the Citation. Act respectful and possibly the Citation will be Diverted, etc.

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