With the amount of driving we do in Las Vegas, drivers are bound to get a traffic ticket from time to time. It is easy to let too much time go by before taking care of it and then just paying the amount written on the face of the ticket to make it go away.
You may not realize that paying the ticket is pleading guilty, which in turn can result in points on your license and increased insurance rates.
As soon as you receive a traffic ticket, contact LV Criminal Defense to get the matter resolved. Very often, every traffic violation from the simplest to the most serious can be reduced in some way with a phone call to your Las Vegas traffic ticket lawyer.
Most traffic violations in Nevada result in misdemeanor charges with fines from $95 to $1,000.
If you cause an accident by driving recklessly or carelessly, are driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, or cause a death, you will face more serious penalties.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles uses a point system to determine when to suspend a license. More than 12 points in a 6 month period can result in license suspension. But remember: If you call a traffic ticket lawyer in Las Vegas, your tickets may not carry points at all because the charges will likely be reduced.
For example, moving violations like speeding may be lowered to non-moving violations like a parking ticket. This means that handling your tickets early- even the ones that do not seem serious- can improve your chances of keeping your license if you are stopped for a more serious traffic offense.
Reckless driving carries 8 points. If you are later cited for tail-gating or for failing to yield to a pedestrian, this is another 4 points. Together, you are in danger of getting your license suspended.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Arrest warrants will be issued for people who fail to pay traffic tickets. Arrest warrants automatically add $200 to the cost of your ticket, and an additional $25 late fee for failing to pay on time. You may be surprised to learn that traffic tickets which go unpaid are reported to national credit reporting agencies, which means that your credit score may go down and credit will become more costly. It can also take a long time for these to fall off of your credit report.
In addition to these penalties, an unpaid ticket which results in a warrant, you may fail a background check or lose your license depending on the number of tickets on your record.
Traffic tickets are extra serious for people with commercial driver’s licenses because a ticket can impact your ability to make a living. Certain behaviors can result in a 1-year license suspension, such as:
If you were cited by a police officer and received a ticket, and you have a commercial driver’s license, contact us now to begin your defense. You need qualified representation to save your license.
Contact us as soon as possible if you have received a traffic ticket you cannot afford to pay. Your traffic ticket lawyer can negotiate a payment plan that works for you. This avoids the added costs of a warrant and the risks associated with ignoring a traffic ticket.
Traffic tickets are one of life’s headaches. You have to pay a substantial amount of money and/or take time to visit the courthouse on your scheduled court date, plus deal with the insurance ramifications.
Make life easy and increase the likelihood that your traffic violations (and fines) will be reduced by calling LV Criminal Defense to appear in court on your behalf. Nick Wooldridge – a Las Vegas traffic ticket attorney – can help you get an affordable payment plan if you need it, avoid points on your license, and save time, whether your traffic ticket is routine and minor or more serious.