Traffic Violations

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Experienced Defense Against Traffic Violations in Tennessee

When pulled over for a traffic violation, you may be tempted to pay the fine and move on. However, this is not always the best course of action. This is because paying the fine is an admission of guilt and can result in points on your driving record. This can, in turn, lead to increased insurance rates and even a suspended license. 

Instead, it is recommended that you consult with a criminal defense attorney experienced in TN traffic violation cases, like ours at S|D Law. We are prepared to help you fight your traffic ticket and protect your driving privileges.

We can guide you through a wide range of traffic violation issues, including: 

  • Speeding tickets
  • Driving without a license
  • Due care violations (fender benders)
  • Texting while driving
  • Reckless driving

If you received a traffic violation and need legal guidance, contact our law firm online or call (855) 442-2817.

Consequences of Traffic Violations in Tennessee

The penalties for a traffic violation depend on the specific offense and the circumstances surrounding the case. In general, traffic violations can result in fines, points on your driving record, increased insurance rates, and even a suspended license. In some cases, you may also be required to attend traffic school or complete community service.

Examples of point values for various traffic offenses from the TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security are as follows: 

  • Speeding 1 through 5 mph over the speed limit - 1 point
  • Speeding 26 through 35 mph over the speed limit - 5 points
  • Speeding 46 mph and above over the speed limit - 8 points
  • Negligent driving - 4 points
  • Reckless driving - 6 points
  • Distracted driving, due care, failure to drive in a careful manner, unsafe lookout, and/or improper driving - 3 points
  • Texting while driving - 3 points
  • Operating without a driver's license in your possession - 2 points
  • Operating without being licensed - 3 points 

Accumulating points on your driving record can have far-reaching implications. If the number of points exceeds 12 or more points during any 12-month period (or six or more points for minors), your driver's license may be suspended or revoked. Hence, avoiding infractions and maintaining a clean driving record is crucial.

Dealing with Speeding Tickets and Reckless Driving Charges 

If you have recently been charged with a speeding ticket or reckless driving in Tennessee, knowing your rights and potential defenses is important. You are encouraged to contact our traffic violations attorney, who is prepared to help you understand the charges and possibly work towards getting them reduced or dismissed.

Defending Against Speeding and Reckless Driving Charges

Speeding tickets, for instance, could sometimes be the result of radar gun inaccuracies or lack of calibration. In the case of a reckless driving charge, proving that your actions did not endanger others or property could be a viable defense, depending on your circumstances. 

Working with an attorney will empower you to explore all possible defenses, including those you may not be aware of. Our Knoxville traffic violations attorneys at S|D Law have extensive experience dealing with such cases and are ready to help you. 

Understanding Due Care Violations in Tennessee

In Tennessee, the law emphasizes that all drivers must exercise due care while operating a vehicle. This requirement means drivers should do everything possible to avoid collisions, particularly with pedestrians. Furthermore, regardless of the applicable speed limit, right-of-way rules, or zone in effect, drivers are expected to operate their vehicles at a safe speed, maintain a safe lookout, keep their vehicles under proper control, and devote their full attention to operating their vehicles. 

A violation of this due care law, such as that which causes a fender bender (or minor collision), is considered a Class C misdemeanor in Tennessee and may result in 3 points being added to your driving record. If you receive a citation for a violation of due care, we encourage you to consult our legal team as soon as possible to discuss defense options. 

Steps to License Reinstatement in Tennessee

In Tennessee, to reinstate your license, you'll typically need to pay any required fines, satisfy any court requirements, and possibly complete a defensive driving course or other mandated programs. However, the specifics of each situation can vary greatly, and the process can be complex and difficult to navigate.

That's where the value of working with an experienced traffic attorney like ours in Knoxville comes into play. Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of Tennessee's traffic laws. They can guide you through the reinstatement process, helping you complete all necessary steps and avoid potential pitfalls.

When you first meet with one of our traffic violation defense attorneys about a traffic violation or license reinstatement, please come prepared with:

  • Any paperwork related to your case, including citations, court documents, and correspondence with the DMV
  • Proof of completion of any required programs or courses
  • Documentation of any fines paid
  • A valid form of identification
  • Any relevant information about your driving record
  • Details of the incident or incidents that led to the suspension 

We're committed to helping our clients protect their driving privileges and maintain their freedom and mobility. Remember, every traffic violation case is unique, and the best approach depends on the specific details of your situation. 

To discuss your case and explore defense strategies, reach out to S|D Law online or call us at (855) 442-2817.

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