The Crime

Failure to Yield is a traffic offense that can damage your driving record. If you are convicted of Failure to Yield and you possess a Tennessee driver’s license, the Tennessee Department of Safety will assess 4 points on your motor vehicle record (MVR).  If you have been charged with failure to yield, you should seek help from the Knoxville traffic attorneys at the Oberman & Rice Law Firm.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 55-8-128 to 55-8-134]

The Penalties

If the Failure to Yield results in serious bodily injury or death, then the Failure to Yield has penalties beyond the assessment of points to a person’s MVR (Motor Vehicle Record), in addition to charges for other crimes that may be applicable.  Failure to Yield that results in serious bodily injury to another is a Class B Misdemeanor and may result in some or all of the following consequences:

  1. A sentence of up to 6 months in prison;
  2. A probationary period;
  3. A fine of up to $500;
  4. Court costs;
  5. Revocation of driver’s license for 6 months.

Failure to Yield that results in the death of another is a Class A Misdemeanor and may result in some or all of the following consequences:

  1. A sentence of up to 11 months, 29 days in prison;
  2. A probationary period;
  3. A fine of up to $2,500;
  4. Court costs;
  5. Revocation of driver’s license for 1 year.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-8-197]

Why Hire An Attorney Immediately?

It is important to act quickly in order to gather and preserve favorable evidence if necessary. Key evidence (faces, dates, events, and conversations) fades from memory over time. Also, video evidence may be destroyed. Therefore, it is critical to begin an investigation as soon as possible to ensure valuable evidence is not lost. Success or failure in any Tennessee traffic case may be determined in the decisions of the defendant and his or her Tennessee Traffic Attorney in the days after a citation is written.

 Contact Us Today

If you or someone you know has recently been charged, contact the Oberman & Rice Law Firm today so that we can begin preparing a defense for your case. Submit your information for a free case evaluation from our Knoxville traffic attorneys or call our office at 865-249-7200.