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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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Q: Is a expired registration considered a traffic infraction or misdemeanor in rutherford county tn
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 20, 2020

Yes that is a Rule of the Road Violation in the State of Tennessee. Class C Misdemeanor.

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Q: Got a ticket for speeding .The court date said 5/29/20. But courts were closed for Covid so I didn’t appear. What now?

I have tried calling the number on the ticket but no answer and there is no amount to pay on the ticket or way to pay on their website, it just says call

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 7, 2020

Start calling Court Clerks starting with the General Sessions Court of the County you were stopped in. Then you might try City Courts where the stop occurred. If the Ticket is not paid, you could go to jail and/or lose your TN DL. You may have to call the Circuit Court Clerk of that County.... Read more »

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Q: Hello. I received a ticket for going 50 in a 35 (which the trooper wrote he reduced from 65) while vacationing in TN.

Would a lawyer be able to have this reduced to a non moving violation? If I've had this done recently in NC would that affect their ability to reduce this to something that wouldn't add any points to my NCDL?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 7, 2020

You will need to hire an attorney . I doubt that you will be able to change it to some violation which does not go on your MVR. But the lawyer may get it diverted somehow, dismissed on costs, etc. 4 MPH or less over the posted limit would also be good.

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Q: 2 days ago I was pulled over, because they were looking for owner of car

When I was pulled the officer simply stated " oh you are not ( name of person car is registered to) " the officer then asked my name and dob, apologized and let me go. Today (2 days later) an officer came to my home to serve me a summons to appear in court for an arraignment because my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 30, 2020

If the Officer saw you operate a vehicle while unlicensed, then it will be very difficult to get it dismissed. A mistaken reason for a stop is usually held to be a good stop for reasonable suspicion of a crime. Even if you made a Motion To Suppress, it would either be ignored or the LEOs would... Read more »

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Q: How can I be charged with drivers to exercise due care, ran offBut there was no witnesses present to see the wrec

The police nor anyone else was present to see the cause of wreck.

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

An auto collision itself is circumstantial evidence of the Driver's Failure To Exercise Due Care. But you can dispute it in Court.

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Q: What happens if you fight a ticket and lose?

My son was recently in a yellow-light accident and cited for failure to yield intersection. He had right of way, and she turned in front of him. Insurance says my son is 0% liable. What happens if we fight it in court and lose? Just have to pay the $50 anyway? Go on his record? Affect insurance?... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 22, 2020

Affirmative to all your questions. Sometimes you have to try them. Get whatever Evidence you have together. It would probably help to have your own lawyer analyze the collision, instead of the Insurance Defense Lawyer.

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Q: What is the statute of limitations on a moving violation in TN? Can a debt collector collect 10y later?

I recieved a call today from a debt collector stating they received an account from the Davidson County Clerk for a reckless driving offense from 2010.

1. I believe they have no right to collect on a debt that has not been communicated to me in the entire 10 years since it occurred.... Read more »

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

Rule of the Road Violations are Misdemeanors under a 1 year SOL to initiate prosecution. But that is not your issue. The Conviction is a Judgment debt subject to a 10 year SOL to collect, unless extended. That Clerk might report the Violation to DOS who will assign alot of points to your MVR.... Read more »

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Q: Hi, I have received a camera traffic ticket in the mail. Do we have to pay those? I heard Andy Holt say we didn't but?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 18, 2020

It is not a criminal charge, but civil. It cannot be placed on your credit report. But the ticket agency can sue you for the fine and costs. Most importantly you will not lose your TNDL over them. I believe State Senator Holt drafted and sponsored that Legislation. This was an outstanding... Read more »

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Q: got a speeding ticket 16mph over speed limit 3 months ago and paid it. 1.How long for it show on my record? First ticket

I'm worried if it will show up on TBI/ FBI/State/criminal background check. No fingerprints taken. So far haven't seen it on my MVR although the county uploaded the summary? online (no identifiers, just my name). Is speeding treated as a crime in TN?

In retrospect should have... Read more »

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

You definitely should have hired an attorney. Speeding is a crime, but such class c misdemeanors usually do not get placed on your NCIC. You will probably have 3 points added to your MVR for the last 12 months.

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Q: I have a ticket for speeding I have been told that the judge is going to suspend my license tommorow cause I didn’t hav

Insurance at the time and I won’t be able to take traffic school then so if I pay the ticket meaning guilty or when I appear either way I loose them how can I avoid this

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 1, 2020

If you have a South Carolina License, then a Tennessee Judge (and actually the TN Department of Safety) cannot take away your License, only your privilege to drive in Tennessee. But they usually send a bad letter to SC. Hire a competent attorney to represent you. It will probably be the... Read more »

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Q: What are my options?

Greetings

I live in Wisconsin and visit Tennessee regularly.

I have two daughters that attend the University of Tennessee whom drive vehicles that I own and insure and allow them to drive.

I received a ticket in the mail the other day for one of the vehicles for running red... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 26, 2020

It is a civil matter, not criminal. Either pay it or forget about it. You can be sued, or when you have a Citation in Knoxville, you will have to pay it prior to paying for the Citation which keeps your License.

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Q: Can you go back two years later and take driving school for reckless driving to get it off your record?

I was pulled over two years ago for reckless driving I paid the ticket but didn't go to court. I lost my job over this ticket recently and want to get the points off is there a way I can just take a driving course and get my points off?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 22, 2020

Probably not as you have already been convicted. But the points are recorded for the last 12 months on your MVR, so that Speeding Violation's Points should have already been cleansed from the system. That is the Conviction will always be on your Record, but the Points should be gone by now.

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Q: I have a court date for speeding and not a ticket what does that mean?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 22, 2020

It is odd that you were not issued a Citation. Somehow you know of Court though. Contact the Sessions Court Clerk and ask about your Case. Especially what you are actually charged with. Try to find a way to not have the Violation go against your MVR such as a Speeding Class.

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Q: I am facing a citation for driving on revoked the first part of June. Looking for a lawyer around Columbia tn

I do have a past record.dui in2011 over alcohol. DUI second offence was in 2012. Driving on suspended....... I wasn't ordered to have the interlock untill the second one. I paid all my probation, fines, and my reinstatement fee. But i just got a job right before i was pulled over. So... Read more »

Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on May 13, 2020

Yes it is possible to get things worked out. If you can afford an attorney then it is smart to hire one to help walk you through the process and make sure everything is completed to obtain your license. An attorney can help you obtain a waiver of the interlock device fees as well as negotiate... Read more »

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Q: I have a ticket for 92 in 65 but they said I don’t have a ticket fee just appear in court. What does that mean?
Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on Apr 24, 2020

That means they want you to appear in court for the crime of speeding. Its almost 30 miles over the speed limit therefore, they may want you to go to general sessions court instead of traffic court. Speeding is a C misdemeanor . I have seen DAs and judges ask for 2 days in jail, probation, and... Read more »

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Q: I was pulled over with expired tags and speeding. I was going 70 in a 65. What can I do to defend myself?

I don't know if this matters but it's also the last of the month.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 30, 2020

Immediately register your vehicle, and place the new sticker on your plate. Then go to Court, be respectful, and explain to the Judge or DA that you have got your Registration up to date. The best that can happen is either or both Violations are dismissed, with or without costs. At worst, you... Read more »

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Q: I slid on black ice in Dec. 2018. I hit a guardrail. My front end was damaged, and I was later billed for the guardrail

by Jackson County. No ticket was issued. A state trooper witnessed the accident as he was en route responding to another driver who slid off the road in the same location a few minutes before me. Because I saw the officer approaching with lights activated, I had already slowed down and was not... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Mar 23, 2020

More than likely a Citation was issued and somehow you did not get a copy. THP gets away with all kinds of things. Call Jackson County General Sessions Court and inquire for December 2018 through March 2019. The MVR is only for the last twelve months, so there may be a conviction in March... Read more »

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Q: Today I was pulled over going 71 in a 55 in a company vehicle in Tennessee.

The commercial vehicle box was marked with a no. Even though I was in a company vehicle. Can I take that to court as not filled out correctly?

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

That is probably not going to sway the Judge. General Sessions is not a Court of Record and the State's amendments can be made freely, including dismissing the Citation then arresting you at Court on the same Rule of the Road Violation made into an Arrest Warrant. So be respectful and try... Read more »

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Q: Can your license be suspended in Tennessee for having a tag that was registered to another vehicle on your vehicle?

An individual was pulled over by the cops. He was driving a vehicle that wasn’t registered, was uninsured, and had tags on it that went to a 2011 GMC Sierra but the vehicle the tags were on is a 1995 vehicle. Since this incident his dad has went and registered the vehicle and got insurance on it... Read more »

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

Those Rule of the Road violations should not get MVR points. However the Financial Responsibility Vilolation could suspend the License of the Driver and/or Owner. Hire a competent attorney to address these charges in Court. The Insurance Contract Date could be bad if the LEO shows up.... Read more »

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