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Q: If my speeding ticket has my wrong address and license number will it be dismissed?

I have a South Carolina license. When I received the citation in Tennessee I gave him my South Carolina Drivers license. On my citation it has my old Tennessee address and old Tennessee license number.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 30, 2021

Sessions Court can and will make amendments to the Citation for the State. Appear respectfully in Court and maybe it will go well. You might want to hire an attorney.

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Q: Hi, I have recently put Christmas lights in the cabin of my car. Under TN law, is it illegal for me to have them on?

They are colored red, yellow, blue, and green. They have multiple modes like alternating blinking, slow fade, and constant.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Nov 29, 2021

There's a chance you could get stopped for unauthorized use of lights, especially blinking blue and red.

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Q: What is the bond amount for driving on suspended license, no insurance and hit and run?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 29, 2021

There is no set Bond amount. Every Judge/Magistrate sets different amounts. Put some money together, get a Bondsman ready, and turn yourself in. You might want to hire an attorney now.

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Q: The state trooper wrote the wrong address, and model of the vehicle on the ticket.

The ticket was for 70 in a 55. With the incorrect information, would this be grounds to dismiss the citation?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 23, 2021

General Sessions is not a Court of record, so amendments of the Citation are easy. Appear respectfully in Court and after informing the DA/Judge of the mistakes, see if there is some way that no points go on your MVR for the last year.

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Q: I got pulled over the officer said I was going 97 in a 70 and wrote me a ticket.

First of all I was not going 97 but the only proof I have is mine and my husband's word I had just left a rest stop and pulled out on the highway behind 2 diesel trucks going 67 mph I had finger on my cruise control button waiting to get up to 70 to push it

The cop made several... Read more »

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

Hire an attorney to represent you. Apparently you do not know when Court is, and definitely need someone's help. A conviction would be several points on your MVR. Some type of diversion or a 4 mph over might be available.

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Q: Can a wrong birthday on speeding ticket be dismissed?

In the country side north of Nashville, doing 55 around a bend, it’s foggy; cop goes past us. I slowed down even more. He turned around and followed me from about 30 yards back for a mile and a half. When he pulled us over he was being an A$$ about where we were and I even showed him on my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 15, 2021

General Sessions is not a Court of record, so amending the Citation is easy. You will need to appear in Court in a respectful fashion, and possibly hire a TN attorney. Sending in the Citation with money is a Conviction worth 4 points on a TN MVR, which will mailed to OR.

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Q: If I am asking the judge to let me take traffic school for a speeding ticket, how should I plead?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 15, 2021

If the Judge allows you to attend Class instead of being convicted, then he will take it under advisement and order you to attend Class. It is a form of Judicial Diversion.

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Q: What do I do if a deputy writes wrong information on a ticket? As well states on ticket there was an accident and wasn't

She alleged I was doing 48 in a 30. But only on my copy. Her copy shows the box for over 20 past limit.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 10, 2021

Go to Court in a respectful manner. Tactfully inform the DA or Judge of the actual facts. A conviction will add 4 to 5 points on your MVR. Ask if Diversion is possible or Dismissal with Costs.

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Q: received a ticket for talking on the phone I went to crt they dismissed it on pyment of fine but it’s still on my re
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 8, 2021

You may be able to Expunge the NCIC record, but DOS handles the MVR and may not want to take it off the last year's points. You have been very lucky, and I would leave it at that.

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Q: got 2 tickets since I was holding my phone while driving in 1 week. How should I handle that to not get in more trouble
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 2, 2021

Hire an attorney to handle both Citations. Dismissal of one or both would help even if Costs are ordered. If the same Court, then definitely hire an attorney as you do not want to answer to the Judge. If not, then one Court will not know about the other Citation. Holding the phone can even get... Read more »

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Q: I was involved in wreck. The agent told me the guy admitted he was at fault. The agent avoided my calls for over 3 weeks

I finally got ahold of someone from the insurance company after almost 3 weeks and they told me I was at fault just because I hit the other person first. The other person involved ran a stop sign and I was not able to stop in time. I was wondering if I have a case?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 1, 2021

Call a competent attorney in your area today. There are many pertinent facts needed, and you do not understand what is going on. Even if a property damage tort only in your case, you can mess it up quickly. Citations in Court can destroy you also. Comparative Negligence may apply.

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Q: What do I do if I never received a court date for a ticket I pleaded “not guilty” for?

I was in a minor fender bender, and at the time I was switching over insurances. I had bought the car the day before and the woman who had updated my policy put the wrong date on my proof of insurance card. The officer wrote me a ticket and said I could fight it in court, but after mailing my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 29, 2021

You should not have sent the Citation to anyone. Call the Court Clerk today and find out when Court is. You may have already missed Court and your TNDL may be suspended. If so, you will need to hire an attorney to set aside the Judgment.

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Q: What is the penalty for reckless driving in Tennessee

When I Google this, it tells me the maximum jail time is 6 months. But when I look up the statue on several websites, all it says is there is a 50$ fine. Where can I find accurate information regarding this?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 28, 2021

That is the maximum Fine and the maximum Sentence for a Class B Misdemeanor. But it will also add at least 5 points to your MVR. Hire an attorney to represent you.

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Q: Will the case get thrown out for having wrong info ID on one citation and the other citation with the right one?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 25, 2021

No. General Sessions is not a Court of Record such that amendments can be made orally by the DA, and the Judge annotates the Citation. You can tactfully inform the DA of the mistakes while asking for some type of Diversion or Dismissal.

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Q: Can I be cited for victicios tag and no insurance if I am not the registered owner of the vehicle
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 20, 2021

Yes as the operator. The owner did not violate the law as he was not operating the motor vehicle which violated various Rules of the Road.

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Q: Handed a ticket and the officer says there is no court date.and then I get a failure to appear

I had a tickett and there is no court date and I call the dep records and the lady sed she saw that I called to see when my court date was.i never did.i called to see whear to go show my license because I didn't have a court date the officer told me to go to the clerks office and show I had a... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 27, 2021

Nothing you have stated makes any sense. Hire a competent lawyer to represent you today. If you do not satisfy the Rule of the Road violation, your license will be suspended. Obviously you do not understand what is going on.

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Q: Can an evading arrest charge be dismissed...if the violation would have been a mere traffic violation?

My 21yr old son with a valid license was riding with his 19/20yr old friend without a valid drivers license....friend speeding passed thp opposite direction..he sped up got out of sight to swap seats cause he was unlicensed. When they began driving again..my son behind the wheel doing the speed... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 2, 2021

This is a public forum so you may have already messed up your Son's Case. Since he apparently stopped, it might be pleaded down. But your Son (or the so called friend) may have said too much. Son should hire a lawyer today, and stay out of trouble.

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Q: I am from California and was visiting Dover, TN. I got speeding citation going 48mph in a 20 mph school zone.

This was a complete mistake as my wife and I were lost. It was July and in California Schools have not been in session in over a 1 yr and half. Apparently summer school was in session in Dover. I have also not had a traffic violation in over 20 years. Do you think they will allow me to take a... Read more »

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

A violation in a school zone makes it more likely for a conviction. Go to Court in a respectful fashion and maybe some type of diversion will be offered. Bring cash to pay everything that day.

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Q: Does camera recorded violation result in insurance points in Tn? What happens if I don’t pay fine & add’l fee?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 18, 2021

No, no MVR points. You can be sued for a civil debt.

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