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Q: What are my options?

Greetings

I live in Wisconsin and visit Tennessee regularly.

I have two daughters that attend the University of Tennessee whom drive vehicles that I own and insure and allow them to drive.

I received a ticket in the mail the other day for one of the vehicles for running red... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 26, 2020

It is a civil matter, not criminal. Either pay it or forget about it. You can be sued, or when you have a Citation in Knoxville, you will have to pay it prior to paying for the Citation which keeps your License.

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Q: Can you go back two years later and take driving school for reckless driving to get it off your record?

I was pulled over two years ago for reckless driving I paid the ticket but didn't go to court. I lost my job over this ticket recently and want to get the points off is there a way I can just take a driving course and get my points off?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 22, 2020

Probably not as you have already been convicted. But the points are recorded for the last 12 months on your MVR, so that Speeding Violation's Points should have already been cleansed from the system. That is the Conviction will always be on your Record, but the Points should be gone by now.

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Q: I have a court date for speeding and not a ticket what does that mean?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 22, 2020

It is odd that you were not issued a Citation. Somehow you know of Court though. Contact the Sessions Court Clerk and ask about your Case. Especially what you are actually charged with. Try to find a way to not have the Violation go against your MVR such as a Speeding Class.

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Q: I am facing a citation for driving on revoked the first part of June. Looking for a lawyer around Columbia tn

I do have a past record.dui in2011 over alcohol. DUI second offence was in 2012. Driving on suspended....... I wasn't ordered to have the interlock untill the second one. I paid all my probation, fines, and my reinstatement fee. But i just got a job right before i was pulled over. So... Read more »

Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on May 13, 2020

Yes it is possible to get things worked out. If you can afford an attorney then it is smart to hire one to help walk you through the process and make sure everything is completed to obtain your license. An attorney can help you obtain a waiver of the interlock device fees as well as negotiate... Read more »

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Q: I have a ticket for 92 in 65 but they said I don’t have a ticket fee just appear in court. What does that mean?
Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on Apr 24, 2020

That means they want you to appear in court for the crime of speeding. Its almost 30 miles over the speed limit therefore, they may want you to go to general sessions court instead of traffic court. Speeding is a C misdemeanor . I have seen DAs and judges ask for 2 days in jail, probation, and... Read more »

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Q: I was pulled over with expired tags and speeding. I was going 70 in a 65. What can I do to defend myself?

I don't know if this matters but it's also the last of the month.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 30, 2020

Immediately register your vehicle, and place the new sticker on your plate. Then go to Court, be respectful, and explain to the Judge or DA that you have got your Registration up to date. The best that can happen is either or both Violations are dismissed, with or without costs. At worst, you... Read more »

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Q: I slid on black ice in Dec. 2018. I hit a guardrail. My front end was damaged, and I was later billed for the guardrail

by Jackson County. No ticket was issued. A state trooper witnessed the accident as he was en route responding to another driver who slid off the road in the same location a few minutes before me. Because I saw the officer approaching with lights activated, I had already slowed down and was not... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 23, 2020

More than likely a Citation was issued and somehow you did not get a copy. THP gets away with all kinds of things. Call Jackson County General Sessions Court and inquire for December 2018 through March 2019. The MVR is only for the last twelve months, so there may be a conviction in March... Read more »

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Q: Today I was pulled over going 71 in a 55 in a company vehicle in Tennessee.

The commercial vehicle box was marked with a no. Even though I was in a company vehicle. Can I take that to court as not filled out correctly?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 9, 2020

That is probably not going to sway the Judge. General Sessions is not a Court of Record and the State's amendments can be made freely, including dismissing the Citation then arresting you at Court on the same Rule of the Road Violation made into an Arrest Warrant. So be respectful and try... Read more »

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Q: Can your license be suspended in Tennessee for having a tag that was registered to another vehicle on your vehicle?

An individual was pulled over by the cops. He was driving a vehicle that wasn’t registered, was uninsured, and had tags on it that went to a 2011 GMC Sierra but the vehicle the tags were on is a 1995 vehicle. Since this incident his dad has went and registered the vehicle and got insurance on it... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 19, 2020

Those Rule of the Road violations should not get MVR points. However the Financial Responsibility Vilolation could suspend the License of the Driver and/or Owner. Hire a competent attorney to address these charges in Court. The Insurance Contract Date could be bad if the LEO shows up.... Read more »

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Q: Should I take the ticket for 25 over to court

Speed limit sign was posted at an intersection where I was changing lanes at the same time I did not see the sign nor was it clearly visible

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 18, 2020

You should go to Court. Dress appropriately, act respectfully, and possibly the DA or Judge will reduce the speed which are points against your MVR. The worst that can happen is you have to pay the same as you would if you mailed it in.

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Q: I got a ticket for possession of scheduled substance 4-marijuana.I had a misdemeanor amount & have court next month

What actions should be taking before court ? Do i need a lawyer ?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 18, 2020

You did not state whether it was a Felony or Misdemeanor. Either way, hire a lawyer now. You hope to get it Diverted, Dismissed and Expunged. Being a Citation it was probably a Simple Possession charge, which will still look terrible as a conviction for the rest of your life.

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Q: Got pulled over today and was issued a citation for going 60 in a 55. On the ticket pace was written to the side
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 17, 2020

That means the officer guessed at your speed without a detection device. Courts usually give the LEO's alot of credibility.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket going 53 in 35 that they caught with a radar.

I am planning to go to court and ask the judge if I can do traffic school or anything to keep the ticket off my record. Should I plea guilty, not guilty, or no contest? If I do plead guilty, am I still able to get this off my record?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 13, 2020

Go to Court dressed decently and act respectful. Ask the Judge or DA if there is a way you can keep those points going on your MVR. If you plead guilty and send it in, you get points. You will probably be alright.

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Q: I received a ticket with the incorrect date I was not in the state at the date that was listed, officer also didn’t sign

There is no amount for the fine, it is traffic control device, and there is no other info.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 6, 2020

If you have not already checked with the appropriate Clerk about this Citation, you may wish to hire a competent attorney to look into it.

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Q: I got a ticket for a cell phone violation in Tennessee. I was told I have to go to court. Can I avoid this ?

I was told by the officer that pulled me over that I would just have to pay a ticket, then when I called to find out the amount, they informed me I have to go to court. Is there any possible way I can avoid going to court?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 5, 2020

You need to go to Court on virtually any Citation. Be respectful. The worst that can happen is that you are found guilty and have to pay the Court. But you might get lucky.

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Q: I paid cash to have my license reinstated on July 29 2013. I got a "no-seat belt" ticket after I got my license back.

They are saying that it's still suspended for the same thing I paid off. If this was the case then I wouldn't I have gotten more than a "no-seatbelt" ticket from the state trooper? Wouldn't he have given me a "driving on suspended license" ticket if I didn't have my license reinstated?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 3, 2020

You will have to work this out with the Department of Safety. Some Court may be involved, but it sounds like DOS was either never satisfied because you did not take care of everything, or DOS has a mistake.

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Q: Got a citation for not having my license on me, can I pay the fine and skip court?

I got pulled over for a brake light out, just got a warning for that.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 27, 2020

Take the time to go to Court. Have your TNDL and Insurance with you. Replace the bulb so if it is asked about, you fixed it. Be very respectful in Court. It should go well, but have some cash on you.

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Q: Hi I was pulled over early this morning for brake light and they told me to get it fixed and received a written warning.
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 24, 2020

So what? The LEO performed his job very well and you conducted yourself very well. Do you have a question?

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Q: I got a speeding ticket and paid it but got 4 points added to my MVR is there any way I can get that removed?

Or would I have to wait 2 years for it to fall off?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 21, 2020

Evidently you pled guilty and paid the Citation. The DOS puts points against your MVR for the last year, and you are only allowed 11. If you get a Notice of Suspension from DOS, hire a competent attorney to get an admin hearing. You cannot remove MVR points.

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Q: If officer doesn’t check my registration and insurance and he gives me speeding ticket is it valid ticket?

Troopers

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 20, 2020

The LEO must have gotten your information from his computer check of your tag. The Citation may or may not have errors, but its validity is not an issue, irregardless how the LEO drafted it prior to issuance.

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