Do not take traffic offenses lightly. If you receive a traffic citation in Las Vegas, there are implications beyond the hit to your wallet due to the fine. Some are criminal offenses that come with criminal penalties. Even noncriminal violations can lead to a suspension of your driver's license. Do not simply pay the fine or ignore the matter. A lawyer can review all the circumstances surrounding your alleged traffic violation, looking for flaws in the citation or circumstances that could lead to your ticket or criminal charge being dismissed or reduced.
James Gallo is an experienced Clark County attorney who handles traffic offenses from speeding to vehicular manslaughter. Anytime you are accused of breaking the law, you should have the strongest defense. Do not just accept the consequences of being pulled over for an alleged violation. Contact Las Vegas traffic defense lawyer James C. Gallo today at (702) 385-3131 to schedule a free consultation.
Gallo Law Office represents people with citations and criminal accusations throughout Clark County, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada.
Types of Traffic Offenses
There are two types of driving offenses: criminal and noncriminal. Criminal offenses are felonies and misdemeanors. They include:
- Driving While License Suspended
- Reckless Driving
- Hit and Run
- Leaving an Accident Scene under NRS 484E.010
- Street Racing
- Vehicular Manslaughter
Noncriminal violations are violations of traffic statutes that do not rise to a criminal offense. You will not be arrested for these type of violations. You will receive a citation. If you ignore the citation, however, a failure to appear warrant will be issued. Noncriminal violations include:
- Careless Driving
- Failure to Yield
- Failure to Dim Headlights
- Running stop signs or traffic signals
Points and License Restrictions
The Department of Motor Vehicles for Nevada assigns demerit points to a person's driving record if he or she is found liable for a noncriminal driving violation or guilty of certain crimes. This includes pleading guilty or liable and paying the fine.
The points depend on the offense. For example, speeding one to 10 miles over the posted speed limit is one point. Reckless driving, however, is eight points. You can find a complete list of offenses and the points assigned due to a conviction on the DMV's website.
The points will remain on your driving record for 12 months. If, at any point, you have a total of 12 points on your driving record, your license will be suspended for six months. The suspension is automatic, although you have a right to appeal the suspension to the DMV.
Points are one reason it is important to fight every ticket, even if you consider yourself a lawful driver. Everyone makes mistakes and can be unlucky. Let's say you don't see a stop sign driving through Summerlin and get pulled over. You pay the fine. Two months later, you are clocked going 11 miles over the speed limit on I-15, which is very easy to do. You pay the fine.
Four months after that, just shy of six months after the first offense, you are pulled over and cited for Careless Driving. That carries a six-point penalty, which means if found liable, you lose your license. If you had hired a lawyer who found a flaw in the tickets before and gotten them dismissed, you would not be facing suspension.
Driving Record and Insurance Impact
If you are convicted or found liable, you may have other things to worry about outside the fines or points. Though points from a conviction may disappear after 12 months, it will never disappear from your driving record. This can affect your ability to land a job, even if you are not a commercial driver. Many companies do not want to hire someone if their record reflects recklessness.
You could also see an astronomical increase in your insurance premiums. Heightened insurance premiums are one of the many hidden costs of traffic violations and another example that the expenses of a traffic ticket go far beyond a fine.
Finding a Traffic Ticket Attorney in Clark County
With such long-lasting and potentially damaging implications, you should fight any alleged traffic violation. Your best bet is to have an experienced Las Vegas traffic defense lawyer on your side. James C. Gallo is a skilled attorney who handles any type of traffic citation or criminal charge, and will fight to have the accusations against you reduced or dismissed. Call today at (702) 385-3131 to schedule a free consultation.