Keeping You on the Road after a Speeding Ticket Charge
Thorough defense for automobile and motorcycle drivers from a trusted Maryville attorney
Of the “big three” moving violations – speeding, reckless driving and careless driving – it is speeding that garners the most attention. Since most people are willing to admit guilt when it comes to speeding, the Tennessee traffic court system imposes hefty fines starting at $50 and increasing steadily depending on the speed you were travelling. With those increased fines, however, come increased points on your license, and those points can affect your ability to drive for a long time.
My name is Kevin Shepherd, and I’ve been protecting drivers, truckers and motorcycle riders accused of speeding since 1993. Before I founded my Maryville law firm, Shepherd and Associates, P.C., I worked for the District Attorney as Public Defender. I’ve seen first-hand the dire consequences of a speeding conviction. That’s why I and my team dedicate ourselves fully to every traffic violation case we take. We believe a mistake shouldn’t dictate whether or not you get to stay behind the wheel, and we fight hard to ensure that it does not.
Learn about the points associated with a speeding ticket
For many people, speeding ticket fines are a nuisance, and for some they may be a hardship, but it is the points associated with speeding that do the most damage. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security lists speeding ticket points as:
|Tickets and Court Abstractions where speed not indicated on source documents||3|
|Speeding 1 through 5 mph in excess of speed zone||1|
|Speeding 6 through 15 mph in excess of speed zone||3|
|Speeding 16 through 25 mph in excess of speed zone||4|
|Speeding 26 through 35 mph in excess of speed zone||5|
|Speeding 36 through 45 mph in excess of speed zone||6|
|Speeding 46 mph and above in excess of speed zone||8|
For commercial drivers, those points are:
|Speeding in a commercial vehicle, speed not indicated||4|
|Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 1 through 5 mph in excess of posted speed zone||2|
|Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 6 through 14 mph in excess of posted speed zone||4|
|Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 15 through 25 mph in excess of posted speed zone , excessive speeding||5|
|Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 26 through 35 mph in excess of posted speed zone, excessive speeding||6|
|Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 36 through 45 mph in excess of posted speed zone, excessive speeding||7|
|Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 46 mph and above in excess of posted speed zone, excessive speeding||8|
The points increase even more if you’re driving in a construction site, or if speeding has led to the injury or wrongful death of another person.
Motorcyclists and the pitfalls of The Dragon
The lure of the open road is a strong one for bikers, and some roads pose bigger threats than others. Highway 129 in Blount County, Tennessee is commonly referred to as “The Dragon” because of its numerous twists and turns through the mountains, and it has been consistently identified as a major destination for motorcycle enthusiasts in the United States. However, it has now become a source of frequent radar traps, and monitoring by the police, in order to keep it safe. This has resulted in explosive growth in the number of traffic violations – specifically speeding tickets. At my firm, we protect riders caught in the traps of The Dragon, as well as any other highway in East Tennessee.
The potential repercussions of a speeding conviction
The increase in points often leads to an increase in insurance premiums, which can be especially hard for motorcycle riders and CDL holders, who are held to a different set of road rules than automobile drivers. In more severe cases, or in cases where a person already had points on his or her license, a speeding ticket can lead to a license suspension or revocation. This could impact your ability to get to work, to run errands, or to visit doctors. You may also be required to perform community service, or attend safe driver classes. If you are convicted of speeding while under the influence, you face jail time, increased fines and an order for an ignition interlock device on your car, truck or motorcycle.
In our years as a criminal defense attorneys, we have never once recommended that a client simply “pay the ticket,” because we understand the consequences of pleading guilty. To us, even one more point on your license is one too many. That’s why we fight so hard to protect our clients in traffic court. When an outright elimination of the charges isn’t feasible, we put our skills as negotiators to work for you; we have successfully plead down speeding tickets to less serious charges which carry fewer points and decreased fines and penalties.
Schedule an appointment at my Maryville law firm to discuss your speeding ticket
Don’t let one mistake lead to another; let us help you when you’re facing a speeding ticket. Together, we’ll find a way to protect your right to drive. Please call Shepherd and Associates, P.C. at 865.225.9655 or fill out our contact form to request a consultation time. Let us fight for you.