The Crime

Following Too Closely is an offense that can damage your record, reputation, and driving history.  Under Tennessee law, a driver shall not:

  1. Follow a vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent;
  2. Having due regard for the speed of the vehicles, the traffic, and the conditions of the roadway.

If you have been charged with the offense of Following Too Closely, you should seek help from the Knoxville traffic attorneys at the Oberman and Rice Law Firm.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-8-124]

The Penalties

Under Tennessee Law, Following Too Closely is a Class C Misdemeanor and may result in some or all of the following consequences:

  1. A sentence of up to 30 days in prison;
  2. A probationary period;
  3. A fine of up to $50;
  4. Court costs.

In addition, if you have a Tennessee Driver’s License, the Tennessee Department of Safety will assess 3 points on your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record).

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-8-124]

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.