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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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Q: Will a dismissed speeding ticket In GA be reinstated due to speeding ticket 7 months later in NC?

My GA speeding ticket (84 in a 70) was dismissed through community service and traffic school. I now got another ticket in NC for going 72 in a 55. Will my first ticket be reinstated since it’s only been seven months?

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

Hopefully not, but where is your License issued? You should hire a competent NC attorney to get the Ticket there dismissed or reduced. Then it has no effect on any DL. It is doubtful NC will talk to GA until the Citation has a disposition, and hopefully will never talk to GA.

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Q: Is there a difference in a Traffic Ticket and a Citation?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 13, 2020

No, and the other way of being charged with a crime is an Indictment. Citation is the proper name for Summons to Court where you are not taken into custody, but go to Court!

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Q: The officer put my court date as January 2019. He clearly meant January 2020 but is there any chance for dismissal?

It was for going 60 in a 30 on a backroad cops are never on and you can see straight ahead far enough in advance to slow/stop if the need arises. However, 60 in a 30 is a nasty ticket and one I'd love to get out of if possible because the chance they care about it being safe despite speeding... Read more »

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

I recommend going to Court. Be respectful and kindly tell the cop/prosecutor/ judge of the obvious mistake, but you are here anyway and would like to keep points off your MVR if possible.

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Q: What if i am driving someone else's vehicle and get a ticket for improper state registration
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 26, 2019

What is your question? If you were driving, then you committed the Rule of the Road Violation. I recommend the owner getting the Registration fixed quick, then going to Court with the correct Registration and Tags to show the Prosecutor or Judge.

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Q: I received a ticket for 46mph over posted limit, and must go to court. What charges could I be facing?

Received ticket and told that I could either pay it or go to court. The ticket processed stating I must appear. I was not written for reckless driving, and this is my first ticket so I’m confused on what possible out comes I might face if I go to court

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

You probably need an attorney now. And you will probably need to go to Court. Many points will be added to your MVR, but hopefully you can plead to a much lower speed violation.

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Q: No license, no insurance, they wrote me a ticket but didn’t arrest me that night just told me go to get everything fixed

It was a 2 car accident but it was on a tight road (backroad) the other drive told them we was both on our own side it wasn’t my fault or his either the road was just a narrow hill and neither of us could see over the hill. They told me go to court early and it may be dismissed but the sessions... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Dec 13, 2019

Without knowing the exact charges it's hard to give you an answer. Best option would be to consult an attorney. If it's your first offense, even if the charges carry jail time, it's not likely you'll be sentenced to jail on a finding of guilt or a plea. But again, without... Read more »

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Q: I was in a small wreck just a fender bender a mile from my house, I had no license (Never had them) and no insurance I

Was driving down to our field (a mile and half from my house) our neighborhood hit my car he wasn’t paying attention to the road. I got a ticket for no license and no insurance I did have a 28 year old in the car with me, he told me he didn’t see any reason to arrest me since I was honest and... Read more »

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Dec 13, 2019

If the accident was the other driver's fault then the fact you didn't have a license is likely not admissible on fault. Who is fault is determined by what happened in the accident. As to the ticket- It is good that you now have your learner's permit and insurance. The fact that... Read more »

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Q: Do I need to wait to get something in the mail before i send my payment for a speeding ticket to the court?

I was pulled over for speeding and given a ticket. The ticket did not have an amount due for my violations so I called the court and they told me the amount. It is my first ticket and I am paying it because it was out of state and I don’t have time to go to the court 3 hours away from my home.... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 12, 2019

The Ticket (Citation) you were given is what you probably need to sign your plea of guilty.

Then send the money amount told to you by the Court Clerk. The Court may or may not send the Violation to the DOS, who may or may not tell your State's Vehicle Office. Good Luck.

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Q: Can I get mailed a speeding ticket in Tennessee?

I was going 57 in a 40 and noticed lights flashing behind me, and I pulled over immediately but I’m not sure how long he was behind me as my music was up a bit. He kept going and was going to another call, but can he look up my plate later and mail me a ticket?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 6, 2019

If the LEO saw a Rule of the Road violation, he can issue a Citation, or even get a Warrant for your Arrest. But since no stop occurred, nor Citation issued, it is very likely you will not be charged.

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Q: Should we go to court or just plead guilty?

My wife has an IL DL and was involved in an accident in TN. She was cited for failure to yield. The ticket itself is $70 and the police officer said that if she pleads guilty, the fine would be $1000-$1700. The court date is in January. Since she was cited and we live in IL, would it be better to... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 5, 2019

That amount of fines does not sound correct. Call the Clerk of the Court that issued the Citation, and he should be able to give you a correct total amount. When she pleads guilty, she is negligent per se, so you may wish to talk to your liability insurance co. first. It may by worth the... Read more »

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Q: Can I move to PR with unpaid traffic tickets?

I received a ticket in TN for going 49 on a new 25mph school zone. However, I will be moving to Puerto Rico in December 12, roughly 2 months before my scheduled court date. Would I suffer any unintended consequences if I were to not pay the ticket and just move? I just dont have $419 on me at the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 3, 2019

Most likely whatever State your License is issued from will receive a notice from the clerk. Your issuing State Agency may or may not ignore it. At worst the issuing authority will revoke your License. It sounds like TN Dept of Safety issued your DL, so you probably have a problem.

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