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Q: Is it worth disputing a failure to move over citation?

I have a clean record and I was tailgated, boxed in and brake checked by a semi without a load.

With my kids in the car fussing I was extremely uncomfortable and anxious. When this truck finally merged to move on I saw a trooper on the shoulder, no car in front of him and lights on.... Read more »

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

Go to Court as it cannot get much worse, only better. That is a Class B Misdemeanor, not C. LEO cannot order you to Class.

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Q: If the railroad didn’t had gate and the red light was on but no train was there at that time and I crossed the raod.

What happens now , do I get a ticket.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 7, 2022

That is a Rule of the Road violation. But if no LEO saw you, there will almost never be a Citation. If a photo ticket is generated, remember it is only a civil charge.

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Q: If the cop put the wrong day on my ticket, can I get it dismissed?

I got a $200 speeding ticket for going 15 over, the cop put down Friday on the time instead of Saturday. Can I get the ticket dismissed?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 3, 2022

Probably not as General Sessions is not a Court of Record and amendments to the charging instrument can be made easily. Go to Court with your TNDL, Registration and Insurance. Hope for some type of diversion.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Federally issued speeding ticket 36 CFR 4.21(c). Result in misdemeanor on record although no required court appearance?

I received a speeding ticket on the Natchez Trace in TN...a federal violation. 36 CFR 4.21 (c) for 72 in a 50. I have been asked to pay a fine of $150 and don’t have to appear in court. (Box B). I have a clean driving record. My question is: if I pay the fine, am I admitting guilt and will this... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 29, 2022

Paying the Citation by mail is a Concviction, and adds 4 points to your MVR. If possible go to Court and act respectful to the US Attorney. It may go better.

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Q: What can you do if someone hits your parked vehicle and you’re not in it? What is LE expected to do?

I want to know if a person can be cited for causing damage to my vehicle that is parked in a parking spot and I’m not in it. If they hit it and leave without a note or contact information, can they be charged with a hit and run? What if officers don’t want to spend the time investigating and... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 23, 2022

Have you identified the License Plate, or the Driver, that hit you? Some places have video surveillance. Any witnesses? Once you identify either the Driver or the Owner, then report it to LEO's and make claims against their Liability Coverages. You might try the Financial... Read more »

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Q: What happens if the officer failed to get my signature on a citation
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 23, 2022

It is not a requirement, only a signed acknowledgement of the Citation. Go to Court with your paperwork and be respectful.

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Q: I was going 17 over in a 55. I’m 17 years old what type of punishment would going that fast Intel

They gave me a court date and no other information was on the ticket. It had no price I would had to pay just a court date for a few months out. It has me worried that I might get my license suspended.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 19, 2022

At least go to Court with your TNDL, Insurance and Registration, with cash. Better to hire an attorney. Judge has wide discretion with a juvenile. Be respectful.

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Q: What does a citation violation mean if you are on mistimeanor probation can you be violated in tenn. Had a tail light ou
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Any criminal charge can be a violation of probation.

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Q: Are state trooper required to give you the price of the ticket
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 7, 2022

No but either at the bottom of the ticket or on the back of the ticket there should be some instructions on who to contact/call for the price of the ticket. That said, if you are cited for a moving violation (speeding, improper lane usage, etc.) I recommend that you contact a traffic ticket... Read more »

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Q: State trooper said that I was speeding he had no radar gun or nothing standing outside of his car can they do that

I was taking my kids to school one morning and there was a State trooper standing outside of his car where the kids are dropped off when I pulled in to let my kids off he asked me to step out of the car he said that I was speeding I asked him can I see the radar gun because I'm sure I... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 5, 2022

LEO's claim to know how to judge speed from Pacing. You can question the evidence at Court, but you will probably benefit from working out a Dismissal with costs, etc. with the DA or Judge.

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Q: I received my first ever traffic ticket for cell phone. Do I just show up on my court date or let them know before I go?

I received my first ever ticket for holding my cell while driving. I wasn’t talking or texting. I picked the phone up to show my daughter something and was pulled over. This happened the end of May and my court date is this week. So, my question is do I just show up on my court date or do I have... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Aug 22, 2022

You should always appear if you have a court date or risk other consequences. You don't tender a plea before hand.

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Q: For traffic violations & FTA Can you be violated for each individual charge(3 total)

I was sentenced 60 days and then $1800.00 in fines to be paid and probation with no end date , it ended when my fines were paid then I was no longer on probation , i completed all time in jail and then I did not pay my fines and I had a warrant for violation of probation then went to court and the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 18, 2022

You may have three 11 mo/29 sentences or three 30 day sentences. Without looking at the dispositions on each Warrant, it is impossible to tell. You need an attorney to go to Court with you now. It appears you have already been convicted, that is apparently Diversion was not ordered.

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Q: Are police officers required to provide proof of radar speed detection data if requested by the driver in TN

I requested proof of speed I was accused of when pulled over and was told by the ticketing officer he did not have to provide it in TN

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 1, 2022

Following up on attorney Avery's post, it is still recommended that you contact a a traffic ticket attorney or 2 in your area to discuss your options and how to best mitigate your ticket----usually the cost to pay an attorney on a speeding ticket is less expensive than the months of increased... Read more »

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Q: I’ve received a ticket/citation for speeding. 88/55 Violation code issued was 55-8-152. I have a court date but

There’s no fine amount written on the ticket. It’s completely blank and I have the option to pay by mail as well. Is this normal, or did the officer make a mistake? Would a judge see 88mph in a 55mph as reckless driving, class b misdemeanor, or just as speeding, class C misdemeanor? Thank you

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

If you pay it, then that is a conviction and points will be added to your MVR. You might want to hire an attorney or at least go to Court. The blank Citation is something to talk to the DA or Judge about, but it is Sessions and can be amended on the Bench. Apparently the LEO did not thing... Read more »

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Q: not sure what to expect in court for a speeding ticket and worried that it will cost more money by going to court

I was late for work and going 45 in a 30. I am guilty. I have been told it is better to go to court but after court fees, the fine, and the charge to go to traffic school, I am worried it would be much cheaper to just pay the ticket online. I am a college student working through school and barely... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 27, 2022

Going to Court is a chance at some type of Diversion or Dismissal. The possible expense is worth the shot. A conviction will add points to your last year's MVR, and you are only allowed 11.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: If I'm at fault and given a citation and I end up injured do I need a lawyer?

Was at fault given citation,. Ended up in a boot with 2 broken toes and foot fracture up 6 months healing. I know it's my fault just saying options on what to do tia

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 18, 2022

For what are you seeking an attorney? Based on your post, I would seek an attorney to represent you and help you obtain the best result possible for the citation issued to you. If the accident occurred while you were working then you might have a workers' comp claim and an attorney... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: If I lost and replaced my drivers license but then I found the one I lost, is it still a valid license?

Per TN state law 53-50-301 says I can’t have two at the same time, but is the lost license still valid or usable if I found it?

Courtney Cotter
Courtney Cotter
answered on Jul 18, 2022

The replacement is the valid license.

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Q: Had a cop follow me because I pulled out of a parking lot as he was pulling in said I was acting sketchy when I pulled o

I took my dog to the park while I ate a taco, hopped back in and was in R about to pull out. Stopped to set my podcast and a cop pulled in, I looked behind me and backed out. The cop followed me, so I pulled over to see what he wanted. He kept going, he went R me L. 20 sec later he pulled me,... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 13, 2022

Sounds like you were stopped without cause. Did you consent to the search? Consult local counsel to determine your options on fighting your citation.

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Q: Can a state trooper mail you a speeding ticket in Tennessee?

Speeding on a major highway along with multiple cars, state trooper sees us. I slow down and the state trooper gets to the lane next to me and just matches my speed and doesn’t end up pulling anyone over. Could they still mail me a citation even though they didn’t pull me over?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 11, 2022

Yes the Citation is a Summons to Court. You might question the identification of the speeding car in Court.

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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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