When a law enforcement officer cites a driver of a motor vehicle for a traffic violation, they are charging the driver with a misdemeanor crime. Most traffic citations are not punishable by a sentence of jail time. However, the driver may receive demerit points on their driving record and suffer increased insurance rates as a result.
One particular traffic violation, however - vehicular manslaughter - is very serious. In Nevada, a person may be charged with vehicular manslaughter if, while driving, they commit a negligent act that results in the death of another. The maximum penalties for vehicular manslaughter are six (6) months in jail, a fine of $1,000.00, and a mandatory driver's license revocation period of one year.
Going To Court
Private citizens can and often do go to traffic court on their own to attempt to resolve a traffic citation. Going through the traffic court process is usually a very frustrating experience for the average citizen. The process involves standing in long lines waiting to get into the courthouse, standing in long lines waiting to get into court for their case to be heard, and in many cases only to find out they have to return to court again and go through this process for a traffic trial. In most cases, the prosecuting agency will offer a plea negotiation with a person instead of taking a traffic matter to trial. Then, private citizens may be given reduced fine amounts (and fewer demerit points), traffic school, and amendments of the citations to nonmoving violations (illegal parking tickets). Reductions, however, are not always offered by the prosecutor or accepted by the court, and in some instances the prosecutor will not offer a plea negotiation. If this happens, and the citizen
Hire A Lawyer!
It is always advisable to have an experienced traffic ticket attorney resolve traffic citations for you. There are many attorneys who take traffic citation cases. Some charge very high fees for the services they provide. However, one can find an attorney who, for a reasonable fee, will appear in court and negotiate the best possible outcome with the prosecution and court. Keep in mind that no attorney can guarantee the outcome of any matter. While the outcome cannot be guaranteed, most experienced attorneys have positive working relationships with prosecutors, which in most cases will benefit the traffic ticket client.