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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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Q: I missed court for driving w no insrence which i got 2 days after the ticket was issued.not that it makes a difference
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 17, 2021

Hire an attorney to represent you. He can get you before the Court, then see if a Dismissal is possible since Diversion is not.

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Q: I have a speeding ticket for 81 mph at a 70 mph zone (Interstate) while going with traffic. How do I defend my case?

I was being repeatedly honked at for being on speed limit (70 mph), so I had to accelerate a little. It was daytime.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 13, 2021

Go to Court in a respectful manner. Dress decent and talk to the DA or Judge politely. Quickly explain what happened. Have cash on you. Possibly you will be diverted or dismissed, or you might plea to a MVR nonreportable 9 mph over.

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Q: Speeding ticket.. ticket says vehicle is registered to me but its registered to my wife..could it be dropped
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 10, 2021

The owner of the vehicle is basically irrelevant to the criminal charge, and it can be easily amended. Be polite to the DA informing him of the same, and maybe Diversion can occur.

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Q: I'm a Tennessee resident and I got a speeding ticket for 81 in a 55 in Louisville. Fine not prepayable?

I was given a court date. I live in Nashville Tn.. I can't make it to court.. what do I do?

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

Hire a competent attorney to represent you. Just pleading guilty is usually not a good choice because of MVR points, and you might have had a better result. You will not be able to do this on your own.

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Q: I am a CDL-A holder. Given a citation in Blount county today. Sheriff says county only and no effect on my license?

The citation is for 65mph in a 45ph zone. I was traveling with traffic and was doing approximately 58mph in a 45mph zone so I'm not denying I was speeding. My issue is that I'm a CDL-A holder and anything over 15mph could potentially put me out of business. Do you agree with the Blount... Read more »

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

If the Clerk sends the conviction to the State DOS, then it will affect your License. Hire a competent attorney to represent you on this Citation. At worst it will be a Conviction, or it might not go on your MVR. Never just plead guilty and send the Court a Check.

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Q: I was doing 100 in a 55 mph zone. I got a ticket for reckless speeding, but prior to this I had got another ticket

For speeding. I had my son in the vehicle who is 17. I know what I done was wrong but I really need help. Please give me your best advice. All of this was taken in the state of Tennessee.

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

The only advice is to hire a competent attorney in or near the County you were stopped in. Reckless Speeding is not a crime, so you obviously were charged with something else. The two citations could take your TNDL as you are only allowed 11 points on your MVR for the last year. You may have to... Read more »

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Q: Should I pay and not go to court? Or go and plaid no contest and ask for driving school?

The officer pulled me for driving in a wrong way one street. I received a citation and there is a court date and a fine on it. It was a rainy day. Does pleading no contest can get me in trouble?

Ross Matuszak
Ross Matuszak answered on Mar 29, 2021

Thank you for your question. Pleading "no contest" or "nolo contendre" has a very similar effect to a guilty plea in that you are not disputing any facts and are accepting punishment for a crime. By entering a plea of no contest, you are saying that you do not contest the facts... Read more »

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