In Nevada, convictions for traffic violations carry “demerit points.” And, as many drivers know, if you accumulate too many points, you risk having your driver’s license revoked.
This can have disastrous consequences. Las Vegas-area residents are unusually dependent on their cars to get to work. As such, the suspension or revocation of one’s license can effectively threaten one’s livelihood, to say nothing of making day-to-day life significantly more inconvenient.
We can help. At Ticket Trashers, our legal team fights hard to reduce the penalties our clients face for all manner of moving violations. Indeed, we have earned a reputation for assisting clients in their efforts to keep their driving records clear of points.
Nevada’s Point System
Accumulating 12 points on your driving record within a 12-month period leads to the suspension of your license by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Twelve points may seem like a lot, but they add up quickly. A sample breakdown of how points are assigned is as follows:
- Two points: Blocking traffic, driving too slowly, keeping your high beams up
- Four points: Illegally passing a school bus, driving through a stop sign, tailgating, second offense texting while driving
- Six points: Careless driving, failing to stop and assist at an accident scene
- Eight points:
Pleading guilty and paying your fine means accepting the points, which stay on your record for one year, and the conviction, which stays up to three years. A violation on your record can drastically affect your insurance rates and make it difficult to find work. (Did you know that more employers are looking at driving histories when making hiring decisions?) A skilled attorney can improve your chances of keeping these damaging marks off your record.
Defensive Driving School May Not Be The Best Solution
You may have the option of completing a traffic course in lieu of having points added to your driving record. Depending on your circumstances, the court may order you to take a five or eight-hour course online or in class. You will be responsible for the cost of the program. Accepting this option means you agree to plead guilty to the charges against you.
The time, expense and hassle of traffic school as part of a plea bargain may spare you points from your conviction, but it does not remove the offense from your record. The goal of an experienced attorney will be to keep your record clear and prevent the points from piling up without subjecting you to traffic school.
Don’t Surrender Without A Fight
Let us help you turn your ticket into trash. We have advocated for countless drivers in Las Vegas and throughout the region who face burdensome penalties from traffic violations. We will evaluate your case free of charge to see how we can assist you.
Call 702-706-1138 or arrange an appointment online.