Traffic Violations Attorney in Memphis, TN
Effective lawyer assists motorists facing fines and jail
Traffic offenses can add points to your license, cost you money and, in some circumstances, even put you in jail. As an experienced traffic violations defense lawyer at the Memphis firm of Jack P. Sherman, Attorney at Law, I assist individuals facing all types of traffic citations, from speeding tickets to arrests for driving under the influence. Since 2006, my Tennessee law firm has been pleased to represent drivers in Shelby County and surrounding regions.
Types of traffic violations
With more than 20 years as a criminal defense attorney, I can assist you with many types of traffic violation cases, including those involving allegations of:
- Reckless driving
- Texting or using a cell phone while driving
- Failure to stop for a school bus
- Running a stop sign or red light
Whether you are accused of one of these violations or something else, I will take your case seriously and advocate for a favorable outcome.
Firm provides strong DUI defense
The penalties you face if you are found guilty of a DUI are severe. For a first-time offense, you could spend up to 11 months in jail, pay a fine of up to $1,500, have your licensed revoked for one year and suffer other penalties. I may be able to get your DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving violation, depending upon your blood-alcohol content at the time and other relevant factors. In some instances, I may be able to have the DUI charge dismissed if it can be shown that the police officer did not properly administer the field sobriety test or there was a problem with the breathalyzer.
Tennessee driving point system
License points are assigned to various motor vehicle offenses in Tennessee. For example, speeding tickets can add from one to eight points to your license depending on how many miles over the speed limit you were going. If you accumulate 12 points on your license in a 12-month period, your license could be suspended unless you attend traffic school. Other traffic violations can also add significant points to your license, including six points for reckless driving and three points for texting behind the wheel. I can assist you in fighting your traffic citations. In each case, my firm works to minimize license points so you can avoid license suspension and keep your auto insurance costs down.
Representation for people charged with CDL offenses
Due to the potential danger associated with large trucks, special training and testing is required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). If you operate a big rig for a living, you are subject to special regulations. For example, the DUI standard is tougher. A commercial driver is considered legally intoxicated if their blood-alcohol concentration is .04 percent or higher, as opposed to the .08 percent limit used for individuals in passenger vehicles. I know how important it is to commercial drivers to stay on the road, so I strive to minimize and eliminate unjustified citations.
You have options when you’ve been ticketed for a moving violation
Some motorists assume that the easiest way out of a traffic ticket is to pay the fine and move on. However, this could cost even more than the fine and court fees, particularly if you’re stopped for another driving offense later on. My firm counters mistakes made by law enforcement personnel so that clients aren’t forced to face undeserved fines and insurance premium hikes.
Driving with a revoked or suspended license
In Tennessee, driving with a revoked or suspended license can get you up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine, or up to $1,000 if the suspension was DUI-related. If you are guilty of driving without your license on you or you simply don’t have one, you could spend up to 30 days in jail and pay up to a $50 fine. If your car registration tags are expired, you could be fined or have your vehicle impounded. You can also be penalized for driving without car insurance. I will advise you about your rights in these cases.
How can you get a speeding ticket dismissed in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, a judge can grant you permission to have your entire traffic citation dismissed by taking a traffic school course — the violation won't hit your driving record, you won't receive any points, and you won't have to pay the associated fines.
Contact a skillful Memphis traffic defense attorney to set up a free consultation
Jack P. Sherman, Attorney At Law in Memphis draws on more than 20 years of legal experience to help drivers in the Shelby County area fight DUI charges and other Tennessee traffic citations. You can learn about your legal options by calling 901-233-3474 or contacting me online.