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Traffic Tickets

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Speed limits are aggressively policed by law enforcement across the state of Tennessee, including Tennessee Highway Patrol officers who are assigned to the interstate system in Shelby County. However, speeding is also taken seriously inside of the city of Memphis, and is very aggressively enforced in certain suburbs including Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown. If you have recently received a speeding ticket, you face a number of costs if the ticket is not resolved expediently:

  • court costs,
  • lost wages due to missed work,
  • fines,
  • and possibly, increases in your automobile insurance premiums.

Additionally, depending on your driving record and the severity of your ticket, you may face suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. 

Tennessee uses a points-based system for speeding tickets. Below find a helpful chart that summarizes the number of points typically assessed in Tennessee:

Type of offense

Number of Points

Speed less than posted minimum

3

Speeding 1-5 MPH over

1

Speeding  6-15 MPH over

3

Speeding 16-25 MPH over

4

Speeding 26-35 MPH over

5

Speeding 36-45 MPH over

6

Speeding 46+ MPH over

8

The penalties are greater if you are caught speeding in a construction zone. Below find a chart summarizing the number of points assessed in these circumstances:

Type of offense

Number of Points

Speed not indicated

4

Speeding 1-5 MPH over

2

Speeding  6-15 MPH over

4

Speeding 16-25 MPH over

5

Speeding 26-35 MPH over

6

Speeding 36 or more over

8

Other Traffic Offenses:

Below find a chart summarizing the number of points assessed for a variety of non-speeding traffic offenses:

Type of offense

Number of Points

Reckless Driving

6

Leaving the scene of an accident

5

Failure to report an accident

4

Failure to yield to emergency vehicle

6

Reckless endangerment by vehicle

8

Failure to maintain control of vehicle

3

Contributing to accident no injury

3

Contributing to accident with injury

4

Contributing to accident with death

8

Driving on cancelled license

8

Child endangerment

8

Fleeing law enforcement officer

8

Speeding Tickets (CDL):

For those of us who don’t have a commercial driver’s license, getting a speeding ticket is an inconvenience. For CDL holders, a single speeding ticket can be a career-ending experience. Below find the summary of points for speeding with a CDL:

Type of offense

Number of Points

Speed not indicated

4

Speeding 1-5 MPH over

2

Speeding  6-14 MPH over

4

Speeding 15-25 MPH over

5

Speeding 26-35 MPH over

6

Speeding 36-45 MPH over

7

Speeding 46+ MPH over

8



I represent the criminal accused in the following West Tennessee counties:
  • Shelby County
  • Tipton County
  • Fayette County
  • Lauderdale County
  • Haywood County
  • Hardeman County
  • Dyer County

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