Fight Traffic Ticket in NevadaPage OverviewSUMMARY: How to Fight a Nevada Traffic Ticket
If you plan to submit a “not guilty" plea and fight your traffic violation, you'll most likely need to appear in court on your scheduled arraignment date.
To find out your specific requirements, check your traffic ticket or contact the appropriate NV traffic court.
There are several ways to plead after being cited for a moving violation in Nevada:
- No contest (nolo contendere).
- Not guilty.
Regardless of your plea, you must notify the NV traffic court before the deadline date posted on your traffic ticket.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation).
- Possible option to take driving safety course to reduce points.
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
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(Plead Not Guilty)
- Contest traffic ticket via trial.
- Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
- Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties.
- No penalties if found guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.
- Be found guilty, pay fines, court/legal fees and be assessed penalties.
In Nevada, traffic tickets are handled differently by each court. To challenge your ticket, you will need to follow the procedures dictated by your presiding court. If you're unsure on how to proceed, contact the court.
Before submitting your "not guilty" plea, be aware of what it means:
- If you appear before a judge to enter your "not guilty" plea, you will most likely forfeit any chance of negotiating a plea bargain agreement for a lesser charge. These agreements usually occur before the hearing.
- Even if the judge dismisses your case, you will still be required to pay all court fees and all attorney fees (if applicable).
- If found guilty, you will be required to pay the traffic ticket fine and all related court and legal fees. In addition, you will be penalized with all related penalties, including demerit points possibly being added to your NV driving record.
Pleading Guilty or No Contest
Submitting your traffic ticket payment is an admission of guilt, which waives your right to a trial in court. No further action is required on your behalf. Read more on our Paying Your Nevada Traffic Ticket section.
Avoid Being Issued a Bench Warrant
If you fail to respond to your Nevada traffic ticket with either a plea or a payment, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
The court handling your case will be listed on your NV traffic citation. If you've misplaced your ticket, read what to do on our Lost NV Traffic Ticket page.
In most cases, you will be required to appear in court to enter your "not guilty" plea. Some courts may allow you to enter your plea by mail. If you have any doubts on how to submit your plea, call the court and ask.
If you must appear in person, consider hiring a traffic ticket lawyer in Nevada. Legal counsel will advise you on what to expect during the initial hearing and how best to plea. If you live across state, the court may allow your traffic ticket attorney to appear for you.
After entering your "not guilty" plea, the court will issue a trial date. If your budget allows, consult with a traffic ticket lawyer on how to build your case. Otherwise, if you elect to represent yourself, you'll need to gather evidence, which can include obtaining your driving record and possibly having to subpoena witnesses.
After presenting your defense before a judge, the court will issue a verdict. If found guilty, you will be informed on how to proceed with settling fines and/or penalties. Learn more on our page about Nevada ticket fines and penalties.
You can obtain your NV driving record to confirm that it accurately reflects the verdict. Any unwarranted points could have adverse consequences. Your NV driver's license could be suspended and/or you could see a jump in your car insurance rates.
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