Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Tennessee Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers
1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
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.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
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 »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Do traffic tickets in TN expire after 10 years? If so, is this automatic, or is a formal request required?

Can tickets from 12-15 years ago still be a reason a driver's license is currently suspended?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 24, 2021

Old Citations are old criminal offenses. Whatever DOS demands for reinstatement is what is required, as they issue the TNDL.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Unman traffic camera in Kingsport, TN sent me a ticket for running a red light by .33 sec. Do I have to pay the ticket?

The traffic monitoring system installed by Redflex.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 18, 2021

It does not add points to your MVR and is not a violation of the Rules of the Road (criminal). However you can be sued for the civil debt.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: can my prison time cover for traffic tickets unpaid in ms,on a 10 yr sentence
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 15, 2021

No.. Those are separate criminal charges which will have to be taken care of before you will get a TNDL.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I got a running the red light ticket in alabama in 2014 then I went to jail. What do I need to do
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 10, 2021

Not sure of your question. I suspect you are trying to get your TNDL. If so, you will have to get paid in full receipts from whatever Courts you had a problem with. Then do a good job in applying for your License, with all paperwork in hand.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I was cited in Tennessee for OPERATOR TO USE REASONABLE CARE. I was given the option to plea guilty or no contest.

I was changing lanes and didn't realize the car in front of me came to a complete stop. I ended up rear-ending her. Both cars totaled. Neither one of us was injured. I am given the option to pay fine online. Should I plea no contest or guilty? I am also supposed to check waive right to a... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 26, 2021

Either plea means you are guilty of the Rule of the Road Violation. That means negligence per se when you are sued for causing damages to the car you hit. If you have insurance, call them and ask for advice. If you try it, you will lose anyway. It will be alot better if your insurance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: How can I find out in what county my citation was issued???

I have citation number and date.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 11, 2021

Try to remember what town you were near or there might be a milemarker on the Citation, which you could use on a TN Map from the Rest Areas to possibly find the County. There may be a number to call on the Citation. You can also hire a competent attorney in TN to run it down and represent you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I was given a citation for going 73 in a 55. How can I keep this off my record?

I was given a court date, but I’m not sure how that works. This is my first ticket. Do I need an attorney? Should I just plead guilty and do traffic school to keep the points off?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 4, 2021

A conviction will add 4 pts to your MVR, and you are allowed 11 in the last year. Go to Court in a respectful manner. You might be offered traffic school or some type of diversion. Bring enough cash to pay it that day.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: i received citation but cop has no info on pink copy except the court date which is dated for1/20 & its1/21 is it via?
Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on Jan 11, 2021

you will need to call Maury County clerk's office. Your case will likely be reset because the courts are closed to most in-person proceedings until the end of January. The clerk's office will give you the correct court date.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: My son is getting sued for $2000 for a property damage claim from an accident

He does not currently have a job to pay it, and they are threatening to take his license. Can they?

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

Yes for failure to obey the Financial Responsibility Statutes. He apparently did not have Liability Insurance. He may wish to hire a competent attorney to represent him in Court. The lawyer might mitigate the Damages awarded, or even better. Many times the Insurance Co just notifies the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: If the cop put down the wrong information like time and location on the ticket would that help for a dismissal?

The cop supposedly got me by radar for doing 75 in a 55. I wasn't going anymore than maybe 62-65 I know still speeding but the location he put on my ticket is a 5.2 mile difference than where I was pulled over at and I wasn't anywhere near the area that is listed on my ticket. The cop has... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 14, 2020

What is your question? I recommend you hire a competent attorney to represent you. Keep in mind that most Rule of the Road Violations need to be worked out, not tried before the Bench.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: When getting a speeding ticket in Greeneville,Tn do u have to sign the ticket to make legal
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 14, 2020

No, but the LEO will often arrest the driver. Signing the Citation is an acknowledgement. The DA may even ask you to sign the Citation in Court prior to a favorable disposition.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I caught speeding going 63 in 45 by Radar. I was the only 1 on the road except the cop behind me. Weather clear
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 11, 2020

What is your question? I suggest you go to Court in a respectful manner. Have cash for costs. The Court might divert or dismiss it. At worst its money and points against your MVR.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Can you be charged for driving on a revoked or suspended driver's license for letting someone else drive that has no lic

My daughter was given a ticket for driving on a revoked or suspended driver's license for letting someone else drive that is 16 and has never had a license

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 8, 2020

Yes... Aiding and Abetting an offense... Assessory and possibly others.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: I’m 17 with my first ticket. 90 in a 70 what should I do?

I was on the interstate going 90 trying to get to gas station cause I was on Empty. A trooper pulled me over and gave me a ticket with a court date. What should I expect? Will I face and misdemeanours or anything?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 7, 2020

Go to Court and act respectful. Have cash available to pay costs, fines, that day. It might get Diverted or Dismissed. Traffic School might be an option. Upon Conviction, points will go on your MVR.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Is it legal for TN to send speeding ticket thru the mail by unmaned photo? Anything I can do to fight it?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 3, 2020

It is not a criminal rule of the road violation. The ticket collecting company can sue you, and that is about it. There is a TN Statute on red light cameras.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Got a ticket for cell phone in hand. The year of my vehicle is wrong and my address is wrong on the ticket.

I didn’t have my phone in my hand, I had my wallet. Signature of LEO is barely readable. Could this get dismissed.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 1, 2020

General Sessions is not a Court of Record, so amendments to the Citation are just performed in Court if needed. Hire a competent attorney to politely point out the charging instrument discrepancies to the prosecutor, and maybe get it dismissed or diverted.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: Can I pay a ticket and then appeal it because I can't make my court date they won't let me reschedule because it's

The day before court

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

Appeal De Novo's are expensive, usually requiring a cash bond. Hire an attorney to go to Court for you. He may be able to work it out to a less painful offense/speed, or he might get a continuance.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.