Nevada Traffic Tickets
The Shocking Truth Revealed (Updated 2019)
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What Types of Traffic Citations Are There In Nevada?
Usually there are 3 types of traffic violations in Nevada. These include:
- Parking Violations
- Non-moving Violations
- Moving Violations
Each type of traffic citation above carries different penalties and fines.
For example, most moving violations will require the payment of a fine and may even require traffic school. You should also expect to have to attend Court at least one time if you receive a moving violation ticket.
For a non-moving violation, you may also have to pay a fine or present proof to a judge that the item that whatever led to the ticket is fixed.
What exactly is a parking violation?
A parking violation usually involves a minor infraction.
This can include parking in a handicap spot without a placard or appropriately designated handicap plate, parking in a metered space without paying for it and parking within 20 feet of a fire hydrant.
Usually, parking citations can be resolved in exchange for paying a fine.
They do not carry any demerit points and will not go against your driving record.
In most cases, it is not necessary to have a traffic ticket attorney handle a parking citation.
A non-moving violation usually involves an issue regarding the whether you are legally allowed to drive.
The most common non-moving violations include:
- illegal cell phone use while driving (first offense only)
- driving without proof insurance
- driving without proof of a valid driver’s license
- failing to use a seatbelt
Most non-moving violations are misdemeanors that prosecutors will agree to resolve for a fine.
However, convictions for misdemeanors in Nevada can potentially carry up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
These types of violations include running red lights, speeding, failing to stop at stop sign, making an illegal U-turn, DUI, reckless driving and aggressive driving.
Moving violations are usually misdemeanors but depending on the severity of the violation may be a felony.
They usually carry substantial fines, possible jail time, result in points against your driving record and may cause your insurance rates to go up.
It is strongly recommended that individuals receiving a traffic ticket for a moving violation consult a traffic ticket attorney.
What Are The Different Courts That Handle Traffic Tickets In Nevada?
- Beatty Justice Court
- Boulder City Justice Court
- Bunkerville Justice Court
- Goodsprings Justice Court
- Henderson Justice Court
- Henderson Municipal Court
- Las Vegas Justice Court
- Las Vegas Municipal Court
- Laughlin Justice Court
- Mesquite Municipal Court
- Moapa Justice Court
- Moapa Valley Justice Court
- North Las Vegas Justice Court
- North Las Vegas Municipal Court
- Searchlight Justice Court
- Tonopah Justice Court
In most cases, the cost of your traffic ticket, if you just plead guilty and pay the fine is listed on your traffic citation as your bail amount. This is usually the fee that it would cost you to simply pay the traffic ticket and make it “go away.”
In addition to this fee, the Court that is handling your ticket will also assess you administrative fees. The administrative fees will be in addition to the bail amount listed on your ticket. Again, these will be the fees if you simply pay the ticket.
If you hire a traffic ticket attorney, in some cases, the Court may lower the fees for your ticket or reduce, or even waive, the administrative fees.
For more information about the fees and costs associated with your traffic citation, you can call us at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form.
Traffic school may be required depending on the court that is handling your ticket and depending on whether or not you have a history of traffic violations.
Here’s what this means…
In most Municipal Courts, traffic school is not required as long as you have a clean driving record.
However, if you have received multiple traffic infractions over a six month or even one year period, the Municipal Court will probably label you as a repeat offender and require that you complete traffic school.
Justice Courts operate a little different.
Most of the Justice Courts require that you complete traffic school even if you have only received your first ticket.
But there’s good news…sort of.
You can agree to pay a slightly higher fine and buy your way out of traffic school.
The bottom line?
If you have a relatively clean driving record chances are you won’t have to complete traffic school. But you may pay a higher fine to get out of it.
My Traffic Ticket Is In Warrant. Can You Help?
Did you forget about your traffic ticket?
Or . . .
Did you resolve your ticket but you stopped paying the fines because life got in the way?
Or, did you forget to turn in your updated driver’s license and insurance to the Court?
Chances are a traffic warrant has been issued but don’t worry!
Having a traffic warrant issued isn’t uncommon and for traffic ticket lawyers, resolving traffic warrants are pretty routine.
For more information about traffic warrants, keep reading:
When you receive a traffic ticket, you have certain obligations including appearing for your court date.
When you resolve your traffic citation, you may have additional obligations such as paying a fine, providing proof of registration or insurance or a driver’s license, or completing traffic school.
Usually the obligations you have when your ticket is resolved have certain deadlines.
Unfortunately, sometimes, life gets in the way of these obligations and people fail to do the things that are required of them either when they receive the ticket or after their ticket is resolved. If this happens, a traffic warrant may be issued.
Having a traffic warrant issued means that you could be arrested and/or your driver’s license could be suspended.
It is important that if you think you have a traffic warrant issued for you or if you know you are the target of a traffic warrant, you contact an attorney immediately.
What Are the Consequences of A Traffic Warrant?
It is understandable how someone can end up with a traffic warrant.
If you forgot about your court date, if you forgot to pay your fine on time or if you had a scheduling conflict with your court date, it is likely you have a traffic warrant.
Whatever the reason for failing to follow through, the court will issue a traffic related warrant.
Having a traffic warrant issued means that you can be arrested if stopped, you can be prohibited from getting on an airplane, and you will likely have your driver’s license suspended.
You are also likely to face additional fines and penalties.
Hiring a traffic warrant lawyer can help you to resolve the matter, and get your life back on track, sooner rather than later.
First, don’t panic.
Lots of people get speeding tickets!
Next, decide whether you want to appear at court or hire a traffic ticket attorney to appear for you.
Whether you appear for your speeding ticket, or you hire a lawyer, you then have to decide whether you want to plead guilty, no contest or not guilty to your speeding ticket.
Depending on how you plead, you may have to pay a fine and/or complete traffic school.
If you hire a lawyer, the lawyer will most likely work out a deal with the prosecutor so that you plead no contest to a lower charge such as illegal parking which is a non-moving violation and carries no points against your driving record.
In some cases, a traffic lawyer may be able to get the fines reduced or get your speeding ticket dismissed altogether.
Whatever you do, don’t ignore your ticket!
The Court will not just forget about it and chances are you could end up with a traffic warrant. .
If you plead guilty or no contest to your Las Vegas Speeding Ticket, you may face having “points against your driving record.”
Nevada uses a demerit point system for every traffic ticket conviction.
The more serious the violation the higher the number of points.
If you receive enough demerit points, 12 or more, your driver’s license could be suspended.
Speeding Tickets in Nevada generally follow this point structure:
Speeding over the limit by:
Las Vegas Traffic Tickets – Frequently Asked Questions
A driver’s license may be suspended for a number of reasons.
Some of the most common traffic violations that may result in a suspended driver’s license include:
- Accumulating too many driving points on your record
- Failing to pay a traffic ticket
- Reckless Driving
- Driving without automobile insurance
- Outstanding Warrants
- Failure to report an accident
- Aggressive Driving
Sometimes a driver’s license may be suspended and the driver may not even know this has happened.
Usually, when a driver’s license is suspended it is for a period of six months.
If you are caught driving on a suspended driver’s license the fines may be substantial and can top well over $1,000.If your driver’s license has been suspended you should immediately contact a traffic ticket attorney to help.
What happens if I forgot to pay my traffic ticket?
Depending on the severity of the offense identified on your traffic ticket, will depend on the number of demerits that will go against you on your driving record.
For example, a reckless driving citation is an 8 point demerit.
A simple speeding ticket can be 1 to 5 demerit points, depending on your speed. If you receive 12 or more demerits on your driving record in any 12 month period your license can be suspended for a 6 month period.
For more information about the demerit system, click here.
In most cases, for first offense traffic tickets or minor traffic infractions, the Court will reduce the citation to a non-moving violation or a parking ticket.
How can I fight my traffic ticket?
When people call us, there are usually two types of traffic ticket callers.
The callers that just want their ticket resolved no matter what and the callers that want to put on the trial of the century because they don’t want to pay their fine or believe they were ticketed unjustly.
No matter the type of caller you are, one thing is universal receiving a traffic ticket sucks.
It’s stressful, financially draining and time consuming.
But…here’s what you need to know if you want to fight your traffic ticket:
You have the chance to get your ticket dismissed.
Usually, fighting the ticket is the only chance you will have to get your ticket completely dismissed.
This means the ticket will not show on your driving record, you will pay no fines, and it will be like the ticket happened.
You will get to tell the judge your side.
As we stated, many people believe they were ticketed unjustly.
Fighting the ticket is the only way a judge will hear your side of the story.
It will then be up to the judge to decide if you were ticketed unjustly or if you have a viable defense for receiving the ticket.
You may get a better deal by fighting the ticket.
There a tons of tickets issued in Las Vegas every day.
Traffic tickets clog up our court system and are a pain for prosecutors.
Some prosecutors may offer you reduced fines, no traffic school or other reductions just short of dismissing the ticket in order to get your ticket over and out of the system.
By fighting the ticket, you may be able to enter into negotiations with the prosecutor that are better than if you just agree to traffic school or pay a fine.
It is time consuming.
For those that want to fight their speeding ticket, you should plan on making at least two appearances in Court.
Usually, the first appearance is where you will enter a plea and the second appearance is the trial for your ticket.
You should anticipate spending at least an hour each for these two appearances.
Depending on where you received the ticket, it may take more court appearances and you may spend more time in court.
There are no guarantees.
While fighting the ticket can lead to a complete dismissal, there are no guarantees your fines will be reduced, you wont have to do traffic school or your ticket will be dismissed.
In fact, it is possible that if the judge finds for the prosecutor, you could end up owing more fines and fees for fighting the ticket.
It can be expensive.
Most people don’t have the time, energy or knowledge to fight their traffic ticket.
Hiring an attorney to fight the ticket can be expensive. Most traffic ticket attorneys wont fight a traffic ticket for the standard $25 or $50 fee. Instead, a traffic ticket lawyer may charge hundreds or thousands of dollars to fight your ticket.
Tell me more about Las Vegas Traffic Tickets
Since our office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada and most of our clients receive tickets in Clark County, Nevada, we thought we’d share a little more information about Las Vegas traffic tickets here.
Even if you’ve never received a ticket before, or if you are on your third or fourth ticket, there are still some questions you might have.
So let’s get right to it.
TIPS FOR OLDER DRIVERS IN LAS VEGAS
• Be aware of the physical limitations which come with aging and how they may affect driving such as loss of visual acuity, diminished hearing, changes in physical strength, slower reaction time, and side effects of medication
• Plan your routes and keep to the plan. Avoid heavy traffic and driving at night. Do practice runs for new routes and trips you must make at night.
• Listen to what people tell you who know you best and care about you most.
• Discuss driving with your doctor. He or she can evaluate the interactions and side effects of all the medications you may be taking.
• Refresh your knowledge of safe driving practices and learn about new traffic control and roadway design features through a mature driver class.
• Begin planning for alternative ways of meeting your transportation needs. Learn about transportation options in your community, then try them out to see which options work best for you.
KIDS, PETS AND DRIVING IN LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas driving can be distracting enough.
Add children or a pet to your vehicle and driving in Las Vegas can be almost impossible. Nevada law requires drivers to comply with certain provisions when transporting children and pets.
We offer these reminders of the law in Nevada. If you don’t follow it, chances are you will receive a Las Vegas traffic ticket.
It is against the law to leave a child under the age of 7 in an unattended vehicle if if the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of that child unless the child is being supervised by, and within sight of, a person at least 12 years old.
It is illegal to leave a dog or cat unattended in a vehicle during periods of extreme heat or cold. Law enforcement, firefighters and other officials may use reasonable force to rescue the animal.
Passengers under 18 may not ride in the back of a pickup or flatbed truck. This does not apply, however, to farming and ranching activity, parades or to camper shells or slide-in campers.
Remember these basic rules when transporting children or pets and avoid a ticket. The fines associated with these offenses can be costly.
If you have received a ticket for leaving your children or pets unattended or transporting your children or pets in violation of the law, call us today at (702) 433-2889. We can help.
CAN I GET A TICKET FOR DISPLAYING A VANITY PLATE IN LAS VEGAS?
We have all seen them around Las Vegas.
The vanity plates on cars range from ISUMD4U to 2CUTE and everything in between.
If you are driving a car with license plates, follow these tips to avoid being pulled over and receiving a Las Vegas Traffic Ticket.
Nevada law requires most vehicles to display front and rear license plates at all times, except motorcycles and trailers, which require only a rear plate. You must display both plates if the vehicle is designed for a front plate or if the manufacturer offers an add-on bracket or frame.
If your vehicle was not designed for front plates and the manufacturer did not provide an add-on bracket or other means of displaying the front plate, you do not have to display a front plate.
If for some reason you are not displaying your front plate, it is your responsibility to store the second plate and surrender or return both plates to the department at the appropriate time.
License plates must at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle so as to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, in a place and position to be clearly visible. It must be maintained free from foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible.
Registration decals which indicate the month and year of expiration are placed on the upper right-hand corner of the rear plate. Your registration expires on the exact date listed on the slip; it is not valid until the end of the month.
License plate specifications call for plates to be readable from a distance of 100 feet during daylight. At night, plates must be readable from 110 feet and visible from 1,500 feet when lit by standard headlights.
Rear plates must display a decal with the month and year of expiration.
Nevada license plates are issued to people and businesses, not to vehicles. You may transfer your existing plates to a new vehicle. Plate transfers between individuals require a witnessed statement which can be completed at the DMV at the time of registration.
Plate frames or covers are not prohibited as long as the above requirements are met and the plate is clearly legible.
If you have been cited for a license plate violation, call us at (702) 433-2889. We can help.
First, prosecutors are more likely to negotiate with a lawyer on board.
Most prosecutors will likely reduce the ticket, might reduce the fine and may even dismiss the ticket if you are represented by a traffic ticket lawyer.
Second, if you go alone, you may find that it may take several court appearances to resolve your case and the prosecutors may not be willing to negotiate on the citation.
Third, if you just decide to plead guilty and pay the fine, you could end up with points on your record, increased insurance rates, a suspended driver’s license, and the possibility that traffic citations could be used against you in a civil lawsuit.
Hiring a traffic ticket attorney is usually inexpensive. We charge as little as $25 depending on the violation and Court handling the citation.
Hiring a good traffic ticket attorney usually means you will not have to go to Court.
A good traffic ticket attorney may be able to have your citation reduced so you will not have points on your record or any increase in your insurance rates.
At our office, you can simply fill out our on-line form to submit your traffic ticket or you can call us at (702) 433-2889.
Once we know which court is handling your ticket, the charges, the due date and any fines, we can offer you an immediate quote for our services.
In most cases our services cost as little as $25; however, if your ticket is in warrant, you have multiple offenses or your ticket requires a mandatory court appearance our fees can cost more.
From there, you can retain us by coming into our office which is located at 7375 S. Pecos Rd. Ste 101, Las Vegas, Nevada 89120 or you can call us and we can take a payment by phone or you can use our payment portal to pay us on-line.
Once we are retained, we will negotiate directly with the prosecutor handling your case.
For most minor moving violations, the prosecuting attorney will agree to reduce the citation to a non-moving violation.
In some cases, the prosecutor may agree to dismiss the traffic ticket altogether or lower the fines.
After we have successfully, negotiated the citation with the prosecutor, the Court will make adjustments to your record.
From there we will send you a final letter explaining how we resolved your ticket and any requirements you may have such as paying a fine or completing traffic school.
We handle tickets for people around the world who came to Las Vegas and other areas of Nevada and received a ticket.
Just because you don’t live in Las Vegas or in another Nevada city doesn’t mean you cant hire an attorney to help with your ticket.
In fact, it is probably best to have a local attorney deal with your ticket than trying to resolve it on your own.
Since our office is located in Las Vegas, many of the tickets we handle are in surrounding jurisdictions such as Las Vegas Municipal Court, Las Vegas Justice Court, Henderson Municipal and Henderson Justice Courts and North Las Vegas Municipal and Justice Courts.
We also help resolve tickets in smaller counties such as Nye County, Mineral County and Lincolsdn County. . . .and, we don’t live there.
So if you have come to Las Vegas or visited another area of Nevada, and you don’t live here, don’t worry.
Our traffic ticket attorneys have handled thousands of traffic ticket cases.
And…traffic ticket attorneys include a former prosecutor who knows the ins and outs of negotiating traffic tickets for our clients.
We will review your case and advise you as to whether or not you really need to hire a lawyer to represent you.
Believe it or not, there are unscrupulous traffic ticket attorneys out there who will take your money even though your ticket has been automatically reduced by the State.
Our office will not take your money unless we believe we can truly help you.
If you have a received a traffic ticket, call our office today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information. Our traffic ticket lawyers can help you for as little as $25.00.