Lost Traffic Ticket in NevadaPage Overview
If you cannot find your NV traffic ticket, you need to act fast. Failing to respond to your 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 were ticketed.
Once you pinpoint the location, 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. If the court has no record of your citation, you would then need to check with the Washoe County court.
Some NV courts may have websites with lost ticket information. Search under "civil" or "traffic" court.
Once you track down your lost ticket, determine how you will proceed in resolving the matter. Ignoring the 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 fine posted on your citation. Pleading not guilty, however, calls for presenting your defense before the presiding court. If you opt for challenging your ticket, you have the option to represent yourself or hire a traffic ticket lawyer.
(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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