CITY OF LA VERGNE v. RANDALL T. LeQUIRE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 20, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Randall T. LeQuire, Franklin, Tennessee, pro se.

Attorneys 2:

Nicholas C. Christiansen, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellee, City of La Vergne, Tennessee.

Judge(s): GOLDIN

This appeal arises from a traffic citation issued to the appellant by a municipal police officer. The citation charged the appellant with a violation of “SPEEDING 55-8-152,” a reference to Tennessee's statutory prohibition on speeding codified at Tennessee Code Annotated section 55-8-152 (2012). The appellant was found guilty of speeding in the municipal court and appealed to the circuit court. The circuit court judge entered a judgment against the appellant for a violation of a municipal ordinance rather than for a violation of the state statute charged on the citation. On appeal, the appellant contends that the citation was insufficient to provide him with notice of the charge for which he was convicted. We agree. We, therefore, reverse the judgment of the circuit court and dismiss this case.

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