Traffic Violations


Traffic Violation Defense Attorneys in Reno, NV

Nevada law considered traffic violations to be misdemeanors. Traffic tickets are separated into three different categories in Nevada, parking violations, non-moving violations, and moving violations.

Parking Violations

These are the most minor traffic violations in Nevada. A parking violation can occur from parking in a handicapped spot, parking within 20 feet of a fire hydrant, or parking more than 18 feet from a curb. These types of violations are usually punished with a fine.

Non-Moving Violations

This type of traffic violation is in regards to whether the driver is legally authorized to drive. Non-moving violations include driving with a suspended license, driving without a valid license, driving with no proof of insurance, driving with no proof of registration, stopping, parking, or standing on a highway, violating seat belt laws, and violating child restraint laws, or handicapped parking. These violations tend to result in either a fine or community service. A non-moving violation grants a judge the ability to charge the violator with up to 6 months in jail, however, this is a rare penalty.

Moving Violations

Moving violations consist of a driver breaking the law while driving a car. There are several types of moving violations, but some of the more common ones include speeding, driving aggressively, driving too slow, running a red light, running a stop sign, violating the rules of carpool, and tailgating. These violations can result in a fine, a requirement of the defendant to complete traffic school, or, in rare cases, up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Demerit Point System

Nevada has a demerit point system that tracks how well you are driving. Depending on the severity of your offense, you will receive a varying amount of demerit points for certain traffic violations. Demerit points are removed 12 months after your conviction date, but the convictions will permanently stay on your driving record.

Fighting a Traffic Violation

Judges tend to be more willing to dismiss or reduce a traffic violation if the defendant is represented by an attorney. Furthermore, a defendant who hires an attorney does not have to appear in court. Most traffic violation cases do not reach trial and usually result in a plea bargain.

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If you have received a traffic violation, contact criminal defense attorneys Carlson & Work.


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