Most people do not recognize the serious consequences associated with a Tennessee Traffic conviction. Not only can a Tennessee Traffic Offense conviction result in increased insurance costs for several years, but in certain circumstances, can also result in more severe penalties, such as fines, loss of license, and jail time. If charged with a traffic citation or crime in Knoxville, Tennessee or the surrounding counties, you should consult with an attorney, rather than representing yourself or simply paying the ticket.
Tennessee traffic officers often advise people that they can pay the costs associated with the ticket rather than appear in court. However, if you “pay the ticket” you will be convicted of the Tennessee traffic offense and be subjected to increased insurance premiums, points on your Tennessee (or home state) driving history, and, in some cases, loss of your driver’s license.
If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you may face increased penalties as a result of a Tennessee traffic offense. Click here for more information on Tennessee Commercial Motor Vehicle Offenses.
Most Tennessee traffic offenses are classified as a Class C misdemeanor (e.g., Tennessee Speeding Ticket), while other violations carry more severe penalties and are classified as a Class B misdemeanor (e.g., Reckless Driving) or even a Class A misdemeanor (e.g., Reckless Endangerment).