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Q: I was going 108 in a 55mph zone. Got citation, but only charge I see is speeding. What're ALL the consequences?

Going 108 in a 55 but on my citation it ONLY says speeding. It doesn't say anything about reckless driving. Got it under statute 55-8-152 in TN code. Could I get community service? What're all the possibilities of punishment?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 25, 2022

What are you complaining about? Depending on the Citation, either pay it (which is a Conviction with MVR points) or go to Court. You might get the speed reduced or some type of Diversion. Have money there to pay it. Be respectful.

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Q: How can traffic cams be legal taking a pic of your vehicle but not the driver in TN This should be outlawed
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 17, 2022

Complain to your State Representative. The State has already outlawed the ticket cameras constituting a criminal charge as no personal service or arrest. Such tickets cannot add points to your MVR. But you can be sued for a civil debt.

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Q: I paid a child restraint ticket. Can i still go to court date and talk with the judge?

I paid a child restraint ticket this morning and was charged $175.00 1st offense. I looked up the cost for TCA 55-9-602 and it stated that the fine was $50.00. I went back in and ask the clerk why it was so high she really never came up with a understandable answer. I told her I wanted to keep my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 17, 2022

You have already pled guilty. Within ten days of your plea, you might move to set aside your plea. Hire an attorney if this goes further.

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Q: I got a traffic ticket but it has the wrong license plate on the ticket. Does that invalidate the ticket?

I realized the other day that my traffic ticket has the wrong license plate number on it. I had given an old registration and he acknowledged it but said that I had the new blue plate so obviously I had up-to-date plates. I believe the license on the ticket is my old one but I'm not 100% as... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 15, 2022

General Sessions is not a Court of record, so amendments are made quickly. Explain Citation error to DA or Court politely. It might go well.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I have a fine that states ( drivers license law) in tenn. What does that mean
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 11, 2022

Probably need to read the Citation. But that usually means you were not driving with a DL on your person when stopped.

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Q: Can they charge court cost and fees for both driving without a license, & stop sign violation for same citation?

Ok so the court charged my husband $25 fine for no license and court cost and fees were $238 total for that charge then on top of it $2.00 plus court cost and fees again that equaled $216 for a stop sign violation too! which made it a total of $454 is that legal to charge court cost twice for the... Read more »

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

Those charges sound normal, Statewide. You might call the Court Clerk and inquire politely about each cost, but i doubt it will do any good. It sounds like your Husband did not go to Court. The disobedience of a traffic signal violation will add some points to his MVR also. He needs to get his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Police at the scene did not issue a ticket or ask for info can I be given a ticket at a later date for DUI
Jon David Rogers
Jon David Rogers
answered on Nov 2, 2022

Charges can be filed against you at any point within the statute of limitations. However, due to the highly-science-dependent nature of DUI prosecution, if you were not administered field sobriety tests at the scene, nor were you administered blood draws, which were sent to TBI, it is unlikely the... Read more »

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Q: Was stopped by a officer said I was speeding in summer county. I asked can you show me on rador he said he can't?

What do I do? I was not speeding

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

LEO probably says he paced you. Read the Citation. Go to Court and see if there is anything you can do that will not add points to your MVR.

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Q: Why do I have to pay court costs on a dismissed ticket?

So I got a ticket in Germantown Tn. It was for speeding and expires tags. I went to court and was given option to take take the defensive driver course. Went to next court date provided them certificate for the course completion and with my tags up to date. Yet they still charged me court cost on... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Apparently Judge ordered it Dismissed With Costs. You are lucky, as no points are added to your MVR. If you want, you could ask the Judge to plea guilty, then also pay a Fine. Trial is not a good option on speed violations.

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Q: ! I received a citation for old tags/ no insurance. Both were on the way and I have them. I forgot to go to court bc ADD

I have adhd and I forget things a lot and I need to be able to drive pls!

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 24, 2022

Hire an attorney to bring you to Court without being on the Docket. Then take care of everything at once.

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Q: So I got pulled over today as of 10/20/2022. Well my ticket court date is scheduled for 11/25/2020. So what should I do

Also, the cop pulled me over for doing 81 in a 55 but my car can't go over 75 and i told him that and have proof because of a few issues but it's still drivable obviously. Still gave me a ticket and his date is compley off its still for 2020, but it's 2022

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 21, 2022

Go to Court and explain your operation problems to the DA/Judge. Either you are guilty or it gets better. Have money to pay costs and fine.

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Q: Can a cop knock on your door and give you a traffic ticket?

Was driving home cop followed me for almost a mile I pulled in my drive way and after I was already in my house the cop knocked on my door requested my driver license and now I have a ticket for an expired tag

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 21, 2022

Absolutely... Happens alot.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Improper passing of a stopped school bus and told it was a Class C by the officer. Do I have to be booked for this?

I was driving in a 5 lane road and the bus was stopped on the oncoming traffic side 4 lanes over. I was looking in my mirror at a guy on my tail. I looked back down to see the bus and hit my brakes. The guy behind me came even closer so I let off and eased forward past the bus with the guy behind... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 20, 2022

It is up to the LEO whether to arrest you or summon you to Court. Here a Citation was issued, but he is requiring you to be booked. You must show up for the process or an Arrest Warrant for a Class A Misdemeanor will probably be issued.

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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 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: 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: 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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