Tickets & Warrants
What To Do About Tickets and Warrants
Las Vegas Tickets and Warrants Attorney
Did you get a speeding ticket in Las Vegas or somewhere else in southern Nevada? Is there a warrant for your arrest for outstanding tickets or for some other reason? If so, The Vegas Lawyers can help. We handle tickets and warrants in the following courts:
Whether you’ve received a speeding ticket or just learned there’s an active warrant for your arrest, you need to act quickly to avoid problems.
Our staff of attorneys and paralegals routinely handle these types of matters. We understand the process and procedures for getting your ticket quickly resolved or quashing your bench warrant.
The main law in Nevada dealing with traffic matters is located at Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484B and is aptly entitled “Rules of the Road.” This NRS section covers the A through Z of traffic laws. The laws dealing specifically with speeding start at NRS 484B.600.
Many people don’t realize that a speeding ticket (or “moving violation” as its commonly called) is technically a misdemeanor crime. However, it’s exceedingly rare for a person to ever received any jail time for a speeding violation.
The only way that would happen is if alcohol or drugs was involved and, in that case, the person would be facing potential DUI charges with the speeding ticket being the least of his or her concerns.
The Basic Speed Limit Rule
The basic speed limit rule in Nevada provides that a person cannot drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than is “reasonable or proper having due regard for the traffic, surface and width of the highway, the weather and other highway conditions.”
The law also prohibits a person from driving at a rate of speed that can “endanger the life, limb or property of any person” or which results in the injury of another person or of property. Thus, a motorist must always drive at a safe speed. What is a safe speed will vary depending upon the circumstances.
The Absolute Speed Limit Rule
The “absolute” speed limit is the speed beyond which one cannot drive. The absolute speed limits are generally posted along the roads of Nevada. For example, if the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour and a person is driving faster than that, then he or she has violated the absolute speed limit.
Speeding in Nevada is a misdemeanor crime that carries up to six months in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000. However, the law provides that a court may, in its discretion, reduce a moving violation to a non-moving violation. If a person pays all fines before the date by which they are required to appear in court, there is a presumption in favor of reducing the speeding violation to a non-moving violation.
Do You Really Need A Lawyer?
While you don’t necessarily need a lawyer to handle your speeding ticket, it’ll save you a lot of frustration and anxiety to have one on your side. A lawyer can help you avoid the following:
Having to wait in line at the courthouse
Increase in insurance coverage
Having to miss work to attend a hearing
Additional points to your driving record
Reduction of fines and penalties
Because unpaid or unresolved speeding tickets can lead to an arrest warrant being issued against you, it’s very important to not treat a speeding ticket lightly. If you’ve received a speeding ticket, you generally have little to fear. But that doesn’t mean you should treat tickets lightly. Better to get them resolved properly and avoid headaches later.
Imagine the surprise of being pulled over by a police officer and finding out there’s a warrant for your arrest. In Nevada, bench warrants get issued all the time for things as simple as missing a court hearing or failing to pay speeding tickets. The inconvenience that can result from having a pending warrant for your arrest can be significant. Don’t chance it. Our team at The Vegas Lawyers is very familiar with the process of recalling warrants and having them quashed.
A warrant can be recalled prior to a court hearing by either showing up in court and raising the issue or having your attorney do so. Judges look very favorably upon this as it shows you take the process seriously. A warrant can also be quashed after you fail to appear in court and the judge issues a warrant for your arrest. The procedure for quashing a warrant requires filing a written motion.
Generally, once the motion is filed, the clerk of the court will schedule a hearing within 3 to 5 days. Because of our familiarity with the court system and the personnel working in the courthouse, The Vegas Lawyers can make sure your motion to quash a warrant is positioned to be properly heard in a timely manner. We understand the inconvenience that can result by having a pending warrant left unaddressed. For this reason, when we’re hired to quash a warrant, we act quickly. The last thing you need or want is getting arrested at the most inopportune time.
If you have a warrant for your arrest, don’t ignore it hoping it’ll go away. It won’t. Instead, what will happen is that you’ll simply forget it exists and then one day when you least expect it or can afford for it to happen, you’ll get pulled over by the police for some other minor issue and they’ll notify you, after running your name through their database, that there’s a warrant for your arrest.
We have had plenty of clients to whom this has happened. Getting us involved right away if you suspect there’s a warrant for your arrest can make a big difference. We can file the appropriate motion, get the warrant quashed and then help you deal with the underlying issue which caused the warrant to issue in the first place.
Don’t gamble with your lawyer. Get The Vegas Lawyers to handle your speeding ticket or warrant. We know what it takes to resolve these types of matters quickly and efficiently. Call us directly.