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Q: Received a citation for no insurance during a lapse in my policy. The day after I purchased insurance. Court date soon?!

I have never been in an accident/never received a ticket before. I stopped my coverage due to car repairs ~awhile~ back and being a full time university student I let my self slip in the financial responsibility. I didn’t have insurance during the time of being pulled over but not even 24 hours... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Nov 14, 2019

You did the right thing it getting insurance. In most of the courts that I go to, they will be okay with you if you have proof of insurance by your court date. Make sure to bring it with you to court.

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Q: Got ticket in Jasper, TN for use of cell phone. Family Emergency. Court is Nov 4th. Need to work. Car Trouble. Advice?

My grandmother is sick and I was on the way to see her. She is still very sick. I did apologize to the office and told him where I was going. He did not believe me. I need to work in the court date and I’m having a little car trouble. However, I don’t want any points on my driving record or my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 4, 2019

You are probably guilty. You can go to Court and it might be dismissed, but probably not.

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Q: I got pulled over going 63 in a 40 and I'm only 17 whats going to happen to me.

I was late to football and the officer said he understood and I was very respectful and didn't argue anything I just said yes sir and no sir and I'm very anxious and worried about whats to come and my friends have been giving me grief about possibly going to jail.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 29, 2019

You are not going to jail. But I would get a Parent to go with you to Court. Be respectful, have enough cash to pay off the costs in full, and be there a little early because the Prosecutor might want to talk to you. Try not to get in any other trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I got pulled over in august for no insurwnce amd texting while driving i have insurwnce now will i be ok in court

I am 5 weeks pregnant and dont want to go to jail

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 28, 2019

Hopefully you were respectful to the officer. Hire a local attorney to represent you and try to not get stopped again prior to Court. The insurance charge has become very difficult to deal with in TN.

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Q: I got a ticket for 67 in a 45 my first offense. Is it better to go to court or just pay the fine.

My ticket says i dont have too go to court. And does it make your insurance go up either way

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 17, 2019

If at all possible go to Court. The Judge may allow you to go to driving school or pay costs or even dismiss it. The worst thing is to be found guilty and pay the same amount as if you sent it to the Clerk. Those points will go on your MVR and might just raise your insurance. You might even... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Will a TN judge dismiss a due care ticket if the other vehicle has been repaired?

I was in an accident in Morristown TN and received a due care ticket. A car was behind my trailer and I could not see him in my mirrors when I backed up. If I can prove the vehicle has been repaired and the police officer and other party do not contest, will a judge dismiss the ticket as long as... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 16, 2019

If you or your insurance paid for the other vehicle's repairs, then get a paid in full receipt from them. At Court this will help getting the Failure To Exercise Due Care Citation dismissed. More than likely noone opposing you will show up at Court. Even if they do, be respectful to the Court... Read more »

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Q: I just learned that 4 years ago, a serious speeding ticket was issued to me in SC....but my fin revs prove I was in TN??

I have no recollection of it, also, I ALWAYS pay promptly. $250/month has come off my credit card for my auto insurance since 9/2/2017...when I've always paid only $85. I believe this is a ticket error or traffic ticket fraud. Please advise! Thx.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 14, 2019

You have not investigated this speeding ticket. Hire a competent attorney to check into it. But if SC does not send a release to TN Dept of Safety, you will probably have to pay it in full. Otherwise you will have to go hire a SC attorney, file a suit, and probably get a case of home cooking.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket (74 in a 55) in TN. I live in PA. There’s no amount on the ticket. How do I pay?

Going 74 in a 55, just over the border into TN where the limit changes from 70 (I believe) to 55. The officer said to just go to the website and pay, but there’s no amount listed on the ticket. The box saying I can pay via mail or online is checked, so I am not required to go to court. Do I need... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 11, 2019

When you pay that Speeding Citation, you will no longer have a perfect MVR. Call the General Sessions Court for the County you were apprehended in. They will gladly tell you how much the Ticket is and how to pay them. That is an admission of Guilt. You may wish to hire a competent attorney... Read more »

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Q: I have a suspended AR drivers license and an old unpaid traffic ticket in TN that I have to clear up before I can get

reinstated but I am having trouble finding out anything about the TN ticket HELP!!!

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 9, 2019

Call the General Sessions Court Clerk in the County you were stopped in. If they know nothing about it, then again try the Department of Safety, Financial Responsibility Section. By then if you cannot find what Citation has to be paid in full, hire a competent attorney to run it down.

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Q: How long does a disregard red light ticket take to show up on your MVR and DMV record after paying fee?hours?days?weeks?

I just need to know how long it will take for the ticket to show up on my DMV or MVR record after I've paid the fee. This was also a out of state ticket I live in Georgia.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 4, 2019

Whatever State that you got the Ticket in will have its laws control. That State may or may not have reciprocity with Georgia. If the Red Light was in Tennessee, then it would never go against a TN DL record. But it may in Georgia. I suggest you contact a competent GA attorney. TN might also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I was ticketed for going 94 in a 70. Could I go to jail for this? What I do to make sure going to jail don’t happen?

I was in Brinkley Arkansas

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Oct 4, 2019

The ticket you were given should contain the information about what is required of you. Most of the time, you simply pay the fine and all that happens is the ticket is also on your driving record. If you have enough traffic incidents, the state where you are licensed could suspend your drivers... Read more »

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Q: What is the law concerning using unmarked police cars on tn highways?
Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Sep 30, 2019

I am unaware of any specific TN or Federal law that restricts TN law enforcement from using unmarked police cars.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: In a traffic accident and was at fault in TN but from GA. Told I have to go to court. Do I need/should I get attorney?

I am unfamiliar with the traffic laws of TN and have never been to court before. It was for running a stop sign. I am not being sued and neither car was totaled. Please let me know if it is required to have a lawyer. If not, why would I need to get one if it is not required for me to have one... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 30, 2019

Being liable for tort damages is one thing. But the amount of damages is another. If you were sued then hire a competent attorney to represent you, to at least lessen the amount of damages. That judgment might follow you to Georgia.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Tennessee on
Q: Teen daughter got a ticket for speeding in school zone. The lights wasn’t flashing & wasn’t time for school to dismiss.

The zone they got her in school let out an hour after the time on her ticket.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 17, 2019

The Daughter might hire an attorney, or might represent herself. She needs to be very polite, and try to explain what happened to the Prosecutor or Judge. But it is very likely she will be found guilty, and the Appeal is De Novo to Circuit, that is not cheap or easy. The Officer will certainly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Identity Theft for Tennessee on
Q: What if you receive a parking citation via mail from a city 3 hours away, but you were not in that city on that day?

Received what appears to be a parking citation via mail. Neither I, nor my vehicle were anywhere near that city, 3 hours away from me, on the day that the ticket was issued. This appears to have been issued based solely on my license plate number. I called the court office and they said that the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 17, 2019

Parking Tickets are not Moving Violations of the Rules of the Road. Usually City/County Ordinance or Code violations. That is non-criminal. You can go to Court and contest, or forget about it. It will not generate points but might affect your credit score. I fail to see how this could affect... Read more »

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Q: How long does a unpaid ticket stay on file at the courthouse before you can get it to open off.

He has some back in 1999. And he is on a payment plan that he can barely pay

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 4, 2019

Once the Citation becomes a Conviction, it is there forever. And if the Department of Safety says you have to pay it, then that is what you have to do for reinstatement. DOS issues the Licenses. You are confused with the Motor Vehicle Record which goes back 1 year for points against your... Read more »

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Q: I had a seatbelt ticket and it is a 30 dollar fine when to go pay it and they are saying it's 200 now can the do that?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 3, 2019

The Fine is probably only $ 30. The Court Costs are alot more. As far as

I know there are no Misdemeanors that cost the Defendant less than

$ 150 in the State of Tennessee. You can ask the Clerk for an itemized list, but it will not do you any good.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I was wondering I had a seatbelt ticket and it is a 30 dollar fine when to go pay it and they are saying it's 200 now
William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 3, 2019

Interest, late fees, research fees to find you, interest, late fees, postage and handling, service charges, taxes, then whatever they can think of. There is always a way to resolve these extra fees, it's just going to cost you some time and energy. You need to figure how much time you're willing to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I got caught driving on suspended license and no insurance and bumper law what can happen?

I got in speedwell tn state trooper i had sezure about year ago that's why there suspended

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 30, 2019

You need to find out from the Department of Safety what you need to reinstate the license. Then spend the money and time to do it fast. Campbell/Claiborne Judges and DA's should give you a continuance if you honestly try to get a TN DL, Insurance and a Bumper. If there was a wreck, then it will... Read more »

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Q: I have a tennessee dl and got into a ticket in florida. Which state do I do the defensive driving class in?4

I was in an accident in Florida and cop ticketed me for improper lane change even though the lady was behind me and seen my turn signal and got over before me and sped up so I hit her on before her drivers door with my back passinger door. Cop didnt even look at my damage of my vehicle ect... But... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 23, 2019

You need to call the Court Clerk where your Citation has been issued from. They should be able to tell you what you have to do to have the Citation dismissed. The Traffic School usually issues Certificates of Completion that can be used anywhere. But call that Clerk.

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