All Las Vegas Traffic Tickets are not created equal. As a rule of thumb, there are two types of traffic fines: major fines and minor fines.
Minor Traffic Fines (or minor violations) include what is referred to as “non-moving violations” such as parking offenses as well as some non-severe moving violations such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign. If you have received a minor violation, you will be given a Las Vegas Traffic Ticket and have the option of 1) paying the indicated fine, 2) contesting the fine in court on your own, or 3) hiring a Traffic Attorney to reduce the ticket for you.
If you decide to go with option one and pay the indicated fine, you will have officially pled “guilty” to the charge, and the violation will be added to your driving record. One of the consequences of choosing this option is that there will now be points on your license. Each specific violation is given a particular amount of points, and once you reach a certain number of points, you lose driving privileges.
If you decide to go with option two and contest the charge in court, you will likely end up giving up half a day of work waiting in a Clark County court room before you may speak with a judge. (See the instructions provided on your Las Vegas Traffic Ticket for further instructions.) Just because you contest the ticket in court does NOT ensure your fine will be reduced or alleviated.
Remember: if your driving record is less than perfect, a Las Vegas Traffic Ticket will not only adversely affect your schedule, your bank account, and your driver’s license status, but it may also cause your insurance premium to skyrocket. To avoid this hassle and other expensive fines, consider option three: contacting Mark Coburn, a Trusted Traffic Attorney. Call (702) 382-2000 for a free consultation.
Major Traffic Fines (or major violations) are punishable by imprisonment. If you have received a major traffic fine, you are generally not given the option of simply paying a fine. In cases involving severe traffic violations, the officer will either take you directly into custody or demand sufficient identity information so that a summons to appear in court can be sent to you. Note: If you do not appear in court after you receive the summons, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest.
For all Major Traffic Violations it is in your best interest to contact an experienced, trusted traffic attorney to help guide you through the process and protect your rights. Contact our Law Office today at (702) 382-2000 for a free consultation.