Traffic Violations

Murfreesboro Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney

Traffic tickets can wreak havoc on your driver’s license

For law-abiding citizens, a traffic violation may be the only time that they encounter law enforcement officers. Traffic violations are commonly handled in general sessions court. However, every judge handles traffic violations differently. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, the goal is to move for a dismissal of the case so that the driver does not have to be subjected to the consequences of a conviction. In other cases, agreeing to attend traffic school can be a worthwhile alternative that helps to avoid negative consequences. Attorney David L. Scott has more than 20 years of legal experience effectively resolving traffic citations.

Tennessee’s point system

Tennessee uses a point system. If a person accumulates twelve or more points within a one-year timeframe, his or her driver’s license can be suspended. While a person is entitled to a hearing before his or her license is suspended, he or she must affirmatively ask for one.

  • One point – Speeding one to five mph over the speed limit
  • Two points – Speeding one to five mph in a construction zone.
  • Three points – Speeding six through 15 mph over the speed limit, following improperly
  • Four points – Speeding 16 to 25 mph over the speed limit, driving the wrong way, improper passing, failing to report an accident involving property damage only, contributing to an accident involving bodily injury
  • Five points – Speeding 26 through 35 mph over the speed limit, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage only
  • Six points – Speeding 36 through 45 mph over the speed limit, reckless driving, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
  • Seven points – Speeding in a commercial vehicle 36 through 45 mph over the speed limit
  • Eight points – Speeding 46 mph over the speed limit, reckless endangerment by vehicle, contributing to an accident resulting in another’s death, driving on a suspended license, fleeing law enforcement

Protecting your driver’s license

Penalties for traffic citations can be serious, especially for commercial drivers. Common penalties include fines, court costs, probation, the addition of points, increased car insurance premiums and the revocation or suspension of a driver’s license. While some people may believe that it is easier and cheaper to simply pay the traffic ticket, this option usually costs more in the long run. Doing this subjects the person to other consequences, such as the accumulation of points on his or her driving history and increased auto insurance rates since it is admitting to guilt of the traffic offense.

Protect your rights with legal representation from an experienced Murfreesboro traffic ticket lawyer

When you are facing the loss of driving privileges or other serious consequences that can impact your future, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney like David L. Scott. To learn about your possible options, contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.