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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 »

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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.

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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 »

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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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Q: Is there a statute of limitations on traffic tickets?

My husband has tickets showing up on his license that are anywhere from 6 to 10 years old. And a majority of them arent moving violations, but his defense is suspended and remains on hold due to the tickets.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 21, 2019

I recommend hiring a competent attorney in the County where most of the Citations were issued. He may be able to Move the Sessions Judge to dismiss some of them or at least execute some of the costs. Then get paid in full receipts on each offense, or certified copies of the dismissals, and take... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: How can the law enforcement have black out windows but any other vehicle on the road cannot?

The law should be for everyone

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 17, 2019

Why can police officers open carry?

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Q: Could not find ins. card fast enough for officer and was given a ticket. Can I show proof of ins prior to court date?

This occurred in Shelby County, TN. I was insured at the time the ticket was written. Can I show proof now and not have to go to Court Date? If so, how? Also, is there a fine if you actually had insurance on date of citation?

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

You could hire an attorney who might work it out with the Prosecutor prior to Court. But from your on line location, I would go to Court with both an Insurance Card and the Declaration Sheet, along with some cash. The Judge should dismiss it, but he may not as apparently you did not make the... Read more »

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Q: I was wondering, is a police officer from "city A" allowed to make a traffic stop/violation in "city B"?

In Tennessee for speeding or other

Does it matter if the two cities are in the same county or not?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Aug 12, 2019

Need more facts specific to the stop. But in short, they could stop you across a city/county line for an infraction they witnessed in their jurisdiction. They may also be able to stop you in another jurisdiction - but when that happens usually they call in a local police officer to write the ticket... Read more »

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Q: I got pulled over for expired tags and the officer told me my license was suspended.what will court do?

I already paid cpl payments on the tickets but cant afford to pay them off and get reinstated before I go back to court. The DA said if I didnt have them when i come back then i will have to make a plea. What exactly does that mean? I am on a fixed income and a single parent of two school aged... Read more »

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

Hire a competent attorney now. Ask the Department of Safety for a list of the problems which has suspended your License. Whether you like it or not, it will cost money and you cannot afford to get arrested all the time driving. Your personal situation is irrelevant.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Tennessee on
Q: I ran a light and found out my dl was revoked got arrested and strip searched for no reason is that legal?
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jul 31, 2019

An attorney would need a lot more facts - but generally one isn't strip searched for running a red light and having a suspended license. Consult local counsel to review the facts of the matter to determine what, if any, options you may have.

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Q: I have 4 citations from GA on my TN record that are 17yo. Phone# is invalid / no county is given. I can't locate them!

I am trying to get my license reinstated in the state of TN. My TN driving record shows 4 citations from 2002-2003 in the state of GA. In order to reinstate my license I must show that I've satisfied these citations in writing. The problem is the phone number given for the citations is not in... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 22, 2019

Probably need to hire a competent Georgia Attorney that is familiar with Georgia Driving Licenses and Georgia Criminal Law. Someone like that can hunt down the proper County Clerk Offices. It will probably be expensive.

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Q: I paid a ticket for not having insurance not realizing that I did have insurance. Is it possible for me to get my money?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 17, 2019

It is doubtful. But if you have a Tennessee Driver's License, you need to be concerned about losing your License for Lack of Proof of Responsibility by having pled guilty. You might file a Motion to Set Aside your Guilty Plea. It is a longshot, but losing your License will be painful.... Read more »

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Q: Is there a statue regarding officers being a no show to traffic court in Tennessee?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 17, 2019

No, LEO's are like any other witness. Oftentimes they are given more credibility than they deserve, but they must show up, testify, and be cross-examined, before their testimony is evidence for the State/Government. If they are subpoenaed and are absent, they can be held in contempt like... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket for going 4 MPH over the speed limit. I do not want the points on my record. Can I dispute the ticket?

I was actually going 15+ over the speed limit going with the flow of traffic. The officer let me off at going 4 MPH over. I would like to avoid getting points on my record. What should I do? This was in Memphis TN.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 15, 2019

The Officer was being very kind to you while still enforcing law. 4 MPH over the limit is usually not reportable at all, and does not generate MVR Points for the lase year. Either pay it or go to Court and plead guilty. The Judge might have an alternative, but it is doubtful. His Honor will... Read more »

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Q: Should I be expecting a speeding ticket?

I was driving home from work down a sidestreet with 35mph speed limit when I noticed a police car sitting off to the left on a side street. I know I was going faster than 35 but no higher than 40 because of some sharper curves in the road that require you to slow down. I only saw him a second... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 10, 2019

Criminal violations must be served upon you (your person) by a Citation, or a Warrant/ Indictment by arrest of the person. Since you were not stopped, you are probably fine. It is possible for the Officer to have gotten your Tag, then swore out a Warrant against you to be executed within 1 year... Read more »

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Q: Can I ask to have a traffic ticket changed after I had paid it in Tennessee from 2 years ago?

I received a ticket back in 2017; I rear-ended another car while we were both at a red light. I received a ticket, I paid the ticket thinking it was a minor traffic violation. The officer wrote it as reckless driving. I was only made aware of what the ticket was classified as when I went shopping... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jul 5, 2019

Probably not. Most likely paying the ticket is the equivalent to entering a guilty plea in a criminal matter. If the ticket was 2 years ago, the time to appeal has likely long past.

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Q: What is the legal distance from a speed change sign where an electronic speed-detecting device can be used in Tennessee?

Many states say 500 feet. I can't find info on Tennessee.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 18, 2019

I do not believe there is a perimeter requirement for the officer to find the speed violator in. Many times they just use "pacing" anyway. You can bring up the location of the stop in comparison to the last speed limit posting , but it will not make any difference (I have tried it before with no... Read more »

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