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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 »

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Q: Court reschedule for cell phone ticket due to COVId in March. Court house Informed notify of reschedule. Date not sent

Yesterday got pulled over for seatbelt. My court date had not been sent to me for prior ticket in March and a FTA issue and license suspended. The trrooper was so rude and disrespectful, threatening to arrest me because of FTA and license suspension. I didn't know court transpired or even... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 24, 2020

It was your responsibility to maintain contact with the Court Clerk and find out when Court is scheduled. Now you need an attorney to straighten it all out. It will only get worse with suspended license violations. You must take a much more serious attitude toward your criminal charges.

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Q: If you are given a court date on your ticket why doesn’t it get thrown out if officer doesn’t appear??

The officer pulled myself and the person in front of me over for speeding. However he wrote me as going 5 mph faster than the person in front of me. I had been behind the same person for 3 miles, Since I stopped behind him at a red light. I was the required length behind him, it wasn’t like I was... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 24, 2020

Not sure of your question. Tennessee gets continuances all the time, and you will need to be ready to defend yourself. Hire an attorney and try to get the speed violation to a non-reportable MPH.

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Q: What is TN law when signature is not on the citation?

Received a citation for “failure to yield”. However, my signature is not on the citation and I know for sure I yielded. What are my options going forth?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 24, 2020

Your signature is not required, and the LEO could have arrested you instead. You can go to Court and tell what happened under oath. That kind of Rule of the Road violation often involves an accident, so be very careful not to admit the charge as that is an admission of liability also. You may... Read more »

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Q: So I'm a tennessee resident and went to nc and got a seatbelt ticket I'm 17 can I just pay it online and be done with it

My ticket has a court date on it do I have to appear to that or can I just pay it and be done with it I'm 17 years old

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 16, 2020

Apparently that is a NC violation. You will need to contact a NC attorney for advice. A conviction will probably be added to your TN MVR for the last year.

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Q: What are the odds I will be able to get a speeding ticket for 101 in a 70 removed from my driving record?

I'm 19 with no tickets

I was pulled over by TN highway patrol going 101 in a 70 at night. The officer said he got me by radar. My cars registration also expired just over a month ago too so he wrote that on the ticket too. I'm not able to pay any increases in insurance so I'm... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 10, 2020

I advise hiring a competent attorney to represent you. You definitely need to go to Court and act in a respectful manner. Apparently you acted appropriately or the LEO would have arrested you. Get the Registration renewed immediately and take it to Court. It may be possible to plead to a... Read more »

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Q: Received a ticket for right rear tail light being out . Should I fight ticket or pay it?

I don't reside in Tennessee. I was approaching a yellow stop light in the North Memphis area, therefore I stopped. There was a cop on the opposite side of the street. The cop did a sharp u-turn and pulled behind me. She asked for my license and nothing else like registration or Insurance. I... Read more »

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

Your ignorance of the bad light will not work. You might get the light fixed and take the receipt to Court with you. The worst that can happen is you are found guilty, but it might get dismissed.

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Q: I was apparently going 81 in a 45the cop didn't arrest me but I'm still worried about going to jail it's my first

Offense

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

It is up to the LEO' s discretion whether to arrest you or not. Sometimes you will still report to get booked. But apparently you have to go to Court for Speeding, where your stopped and handled yourself before the officer fairly well. Go to Court and act respectful. The worst that can... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket for 87 in a 70, but a ticket price wasn't listed, does that mean anything? I have a court date.

I live in TN and was pulled over by a trooper. This is my first ticket and I'm not sure what to expect.

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

Go to Court in a respectful manner. Bring your Registration and Insurance in case the DA /Judge inquires. It might get Dismissed or lowered to a lower MPH over. A lower speed will lower the number of points going against your MVR for the last year, and you are only allowed eleven.

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