One law that is commonly broken - either by not paying attention to the speedometer, being distracted, or purposely trying to get to a destination quicker - is speeding. It is also an offense that is taken far too lightly and it shouldn't be, especially in Tennessee. Every year, thousands are injured and/or killed in car accidents caused by reckless and excess speed. In 2015, Davidson County, where Nashville is located, recorded 1424 crashes as a result of speeding, and that's just one county...in one state...
Granted, each jurisdiction has its own ways of dealing with such drivers. Tennessee is what we call an "absolute" state. As such, going a single mile over the posted speed limit can result in a ticket if you are driving erratically.
Of course, with a speeding ticket comes fines ($50.00), the possibility - though remote - of a jail sentence of no more than 30 days, and the possible suspension of your license for up to six months, depending on the number of infraction points on your record (which you can earn for such offenses as speeding, traveling too slow, failure to yield, and reckless driving, among many others).
So, the cops clocked you at 40 in a 30 mph zone - what do you do? Well, if you choose, you can simply admit to the offense (like pleading guilty in criminal court) and pay the fine. You will have points assessed on your license. You can always plead not-guilty and as a result, you will attend a hearing in front of a judge, where the facts will be determined and any possible penalty - if any - accessed.
Now, you can choose to fight this battle alone, as there is no requirement to have an attorney present during traffic court hearings. However, if you want the best chance of avoiding the possible complications of your legal predicament, you should contact a lawyer who is well versed in traffic law. Benefits can range from negotiating a lesser fine to a finding of innocence, to simply providing moral and legal support during a very trying time.
Attorney, Brian Lee Nash has nearly a decade of experience working with a wide range of clients. He brings a vast amount of knowledge, drive, and determination to every case he works with.
If you are dealing with a speeding ticket, or another traffic law related issue, contact Nash Law, PLLC today at 615-628-7555.
This article was written by the author on behalf of Nash Law, PLLC.