Just Pay the Fine?

Paying a Las Vegas Traffic Ticket

Many people take the path of least resistance and just pay their traffic fines, thinking it is not worth the trouble to fight their Las Vegas traffic tickets. Before you just pay up, consider that your traffic ticket could cost you a lot more than just the fine you pay. Traffic convictions and guilty pleas can result in increases in your insurance premiums of up to 50% or more for three to five years. The points charged against your driver’s license can lead to your license being suspended or revoked.

Call traffic ticket attorney Brett Whipple today at: 702.731.0000


Las Vegas Traffic Convictions

Most traffic citations in Nevada are misdemeanors and if you just pay the fine, you are in essence pleading guilty to a misdemeanor crime. Convictions or guilty pleas on Nevada traffic tickets are reported back to your home state if your state is a member of the Driver’s License Compact (which includes 45 states and the District of Columbia). In addition, many employers look unfavorably on employees or job candidates with poor driving records. A suspended or revoked license can disqualify a person from his or her job (e.g., when a commercial driver’s license is required) or make traveling to and from work near impossible.

Also, a conviction in Nevada for driving on a suspended, canceled, or restricted license, in addition to any penalty imposed by the court, carries a separate penalty requiring the DMV to extend the period of ineligibility for a license, permit, or privilege to drive for up to an additional one year.


Las Vegas Traffic Tickets Attorney

Las Vegas traffic tickets attorney Brett Whipple can help you negotiate a lower fine (or in some cases no fine) and fewer or no points on your driving record. If you opt to exercise your right to proceed to trial, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to put forth a credible defense to the charges confronting you. Know your options and make an informed decision by calling experienced traffic ticket attorney Brett Whipple at 702.731.0000


Nevada DMV Demerit Points System

If you just pay your ticket and plead guilty, here is a list of some of the points that can go on your DMV record:

  • Reckless Driving: 8 points
  • Careless Driving: 6 points
  • Following too closely: 4 points
  • Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign: 4 points
  • Failure to yield right-of-way: 4 points
  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian: 4 points 
  • Passing a school bus when signals are flashing: 4 points
  • Speeding 1-10 mph over the speed limit: 1 point
  • Speeding 11-20 mph over the speed limit: 2 points
  • Speeding 21-30 mph over the speed limit: 3 points
  • Speeding 31-40 mph over the speed limit: 4 points
  • Speeding 41 mph or more over posted limit: 5 points

Fighting a Las Vegas Traffic Ticket

Traffic citations are a massive revenue generator for the local police departments, courts and cities located in southern Nevada as well as Clark County and the State of Nevada.

Traffic tickets in Las Vegas are rarely issued to ensure public safety. Each year thousands of tickets are issued with the intent of separating you from your money. Don’t make it any easier on them by simply writing a check and sending it to the court. The burden of proof is on the state, regardless of your guilt or innocence. Make them prove their case. Fighting a traffic ticket in court is your right.

Let Las Vegas traffic lawyer Brett Whipple can help you fight for your Las Vegas traffic ticket rights. Call today at: 702.731.0000

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