Lost Traffic Ticket in Nevada
If you lost your NV traffic ticket, you'll need to contact the traffic court in the county where you received your ticket.
NOTE: You may also want to try visiting your traffic court's website to obtain additional ticket or traffic violation information.
The information you'll find below is related to traffic citations that have resulted from moving violations such as a red light ticket or a speeding ticket. In certain situations the information is also relevant to a lost parking ticket, but always check with your local court for verification.
Determine Where You Got Your NV Traffic Ticket
Failing to respond to your traffic citation within a designated period of time could lead to a bench warrant for your arrest. So you'll need to determine municipality or county in which you received your NV ticket.
Contact the Nevada Municipality or County Court
If you can't find ticket, the process is a little more complicated that simply calling the DMV. Once you pinpoint the location of your traffic violation, call either the municipality's or the the county's court. Provide your name, citation number (in the unlikely case you actually have it), and possibly your Nevada driver's license number.
So if, for example, you were ticketed in Reno, you would need to contact Reno's court to help find traffic ticket. If the court has no record of your NV traffic citation, you would then need to check with the Washoe County court.
Some Nevada courts may have websites with lost ticket information. Search under "civil" or "traffic" court.
Decide How You'll Plead to Your NV Ticket
Once you track down information about your lost Nevada traffic ticket, determine how you will proceed in resolving the matter. Ignoring a lost traffic ticket isn't a path that will serve you well in the long run.
In Nevada, you have three ways to plead:
The first two options require paying the ticket fine posted on your traffic citation. Pleading "not guilty," however, calls for presenting your defense before the presiding court. If you opt for challenging the moving violation that resulted in a traffic ticket, you have the option to represent yourself or hire a traffic ticket lawyer in Nevada.
(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.
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