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Q: Q: I forgot to renew my car registration. And the police ask me to go to the court. Any way to avoid going to court?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 19, 2020

Get the registration current and go to Court. It might even be dismissed with payment of costs. Do not just mail in a fine and then possibly have a problem with the DOS.

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Q: I did an improper lane change in memphis tennessee and issued a citation 4 weeks later is that legal

I was forced to veer into another lane to keep from rear ending a car that cut in front of me.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 19, 2020

Yes.. SOL on Misdemeanors is 1 year. You should go to Court and politely explain why you changed lanes.

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Q: I got pulled over for going 28 over yesterday. Is there any way I could go to jail?

I do not normally go this fast and I genuinely did not mean to. I looked down and realized so I slowed down. However, by the time I was slowing down, I saw the lights behind me.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 13, 2020

Apparently the LEO has already gave you a Citation instead of arresting you and getting a Warrant issued. It is usually at the LEO's discretion, and apparently you acted appropriately when the emergency lights were activated. Be respectful in Court.

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Q: Speeding ticket 107 in 65

Hi, I received speeding ticket 107 in 65 zone in TN. Trooper say this speed was caught on radar and asked to appear in court or call to know total fine which is 250$. I think i was not over speeding this much. So should i go court and fight my case or pay fine and move on with it considering other... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 13, 2020

You might consider going to Court and seeing if the DA will allow you to plead to a 25mph over, which might help a little. Points on your last year's MVR is the problem. And as soon as you get a ticket, it is very easy to get another and you are only allowed 11. The costs are going to be... Read more »

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Q: Errors on police report

Long story short, I received a citation for "Following too Closely", 9-419. Car in front of me rearended the car in front of them, causing me to have to swerve. My mirror tapped their tail light, damaging my mirror cover and leaving only a small scuff on their tail light. I was initially... Read more »

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

In TN the accident report is inadmissible evidence by Statute. So the LEO testifies to what he finds when he goes to the accident scene, and tells what available (in Court) declarants told him there.

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Q: I recieved a speeding ticket 90 in a 65. Court was cancelled and rescheduled. I went both times cause I was told too.

I recieved a letter saying I had to be in court on such day, 5 months later. I couldn't make that day and now they say I have to pay ticket which will cancel my insurance.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 5, 2020

I am afraid that you did this to yourself. You probably should have hired an attorney to represent you. Now either pay the costs and get the MVR points, or lose your TNDL.

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Q: Speeding 45 in a 30 by LEO traveling in opposite direction with cars in front of him- states radar verify. Dismissable?

The court printout of ticket has incorrect address, incorrect DL# and wrong court date. LEO states radar tracked me at 45 in a 30 going there opposite direction. Is there a chance that I can get this dismissed?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 21, 2020

Check with Court Clerk about the exact Court Date. Go to Court and be respectful about telling either the Prosecutor or the Judge about the incorrect Citation. Hopefully you will receive a Diversion or a Dismissal.

Remember you are only allowed 11 points on your MVR for the last year,...
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Q: Can I receive a ticket and be charged for not having insurance if the initial stop was for a non moving violation

example: tail light was out

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 21, 2020

Absolutely... LEO's can execute a legal stop for any Rule of the Road Violation they witness. Then other Charges may follow.

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Q: I got pulled over in a "school zone" that the flashing lights were off and i didn't know kids were present due to covid

and received a ticket but the officer didn't ask me to sign it on the paper or on an electronic device. Does that mean an automatic dismissal in court since i wasn't asked to sign? Thank you

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 18, 2020

No. That is only an acknowledgement of the Citation instead of Arrest. You will need to go to Court in a respectful manner. Be polite about the lack of signature.

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Q: If I went to court in 2012 for a speeding violation that the judge dismissed, why am I now getting a court costs bill?

The judge dismissed the case, stipulating one year of no other moving violations. I have had no other violations since 2012, so can this TN county still levy $100+ court costs now, to “settle the case” as they claim? I have received no other communication from that court in eight years! And if... Read more »

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

If the Citation was actually dismissed, then no points go to the MVR. But you apparently misunderstood the Judge, or the Clerk is mistaken. Either way you will have to pay those monies now, or it will be reported to DOS and they revoke your TNDL.

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Q: So if I can not be arrested on a corpus warrant in TN, why is the clerk telling me to turn myself in?

Received a FTA because I had court dates mixed up.

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

You probably mean capias warrant. Hire a competent attorney to take you to Court when you are not on the Docket to set aside the capia and resolve everything. Have money ready to pay the costs and fines. Most likely you will walk out of there.

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Q: I got pulled over going 28 mph and a due care ticket. This is my second one in a year in Tennessee. What should I do?

I was trying to merge over in a 65 but I wasn’t able to so I sped up to 93 so I wouldn’t have been run off the road. the officer saw some toys on my dash so he wrote the ticket for the due care

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

Do not understand your facts. But go to Court and act respectful. It might get diverted or reduced. Paying it by mail is a conviction, and you are only allowed 11 points on your MVR for the last year.

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Q: Is recklace driving on motorcycle arrestable?

In Washington county, Tennessee

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

Absolutely... It is usually the LEO's discretion whether to arrest someone without a warrant or to issue a citation/summons to Court without arrest. But it is the Charge that is important, not whether you were arrested or not.

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Q: I just got a ticket for 76 in a 55, I'm 21 and this is my first offense. My citation doesn't list a fine? what do I do?

I just got a speeding citation for 21 over from a state trooper. I'm 21 years old and I've never had a traffic violation before. He didn't write a fine amount on the ticket paper he gave me. I called the number he told me to call if I didn't want to appear in court and asked... Read more »

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

A conviction has both a fine and costs, as well as points. Go to Court and act appropriately. The worst thing is a conviction, but it might not happen. You are only allowed 11 points on your MVR for the last year.

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Q: im 16 and i got a speeding ticket and instead of going to court can i just pay the ticket?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 9, 2020

That would be a mistake. Always go to Court on Rule of the Road violations. Especially as a minor, there is no telling what the Judge will do. Dress appropriately and act respectful. Paying it by mail is a conviction with points, and you are only allowed 11 points on your MVR for the last... Read more »

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Q: How to locate which court in Virginia has a disposition on my old traffic ticket?

I was pulled over on the interstate for driving over the speed limit, en route from TN to DC. I paid the ticket online but now I need a certified court disposition on my case, for a naturalization application. I don't have actual ticket, so I don't know in what county it happened. I do... Read more »

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

A Virginia lawyer would be better suited to help you. You will need to call every Court Clerk in the vicinity of where the speeding violation took place. VA has both County and City Courts, so it will be a lengthy process, but you should be able to track it down, especially with the Citation... Read more »

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Q: Are we in the wrong for having an expired insurance card even though our insurance is up to date?

My son got a ticket for an expired insurance card and expired tags. He has always had insurance coverage just forgot to switch out the card. Should he fight in court and try to get it dropped or is he in the wrong for not having the right card on him?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 31, 2020

On almost any Rule of the Road Violation, the defendant needs to go to Court. He needs proof of current insurance at the time of the stop, such as the Policy Declaration Sheet. He needs to be respectful and ready to pay the costs. It should be dismissed. The Expired License Plate is... Read more »

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Q: How to get my warrant dropped

My license was revoked and I was driving without auto insurance I have now paid everyone of my fines and because I have moved away from the state my license was revoked I was told I could fax it in. I have now missed a court date and they are telling me I will have to turn myself in I don’t get... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 31, 2020

Not sure of the Charges involved, but you definitely should have hired an attorney to handle this. For some reason you were supposed to go to Court. Now you need a competent attorney to turn you in when your Case is not on the Docket. It is possible that you will be able to take care of... Read more »

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Q: I was wondering if there's a statute of limitations on misdeamenor court fines in TN it's been 8 years

it's been 8 years and they are now trying to collect even though I was found indigent. Also is there a statute of limitations on traffic fines? it's been 10 plus years and I still can't get my license

Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on Aug 18, 2020

I'm not sure about the statute of limitations. However you may be able to get some fines and costs waived by the court if you are found to be indigent. You will need to get a court date and fill out an affidavit of indigency and ask the judge to waive your costs and fees. Some costs can't... Read more »

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Q: In the state on TN can I ride in my jeep with my foot rested on the foot peg located out outside the vehicle?

This will only be capable when the doors are removed and the foot peg placed in the door hinge area..

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

I do not believe that would violate TN's Rules of the Road. But be careful.

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