Q: I received a speeding ticket while driving in Las Vegas, Nevada. Should I just pay it?
Do not pay your ticket without considering the consequences. A negotiation may result in no points and/or a lower fine depending on the circumstances.
What is the reason for negotiating a speeding ticket in Las Vegas, Nevada.There are two good reasons to attempt to negotiate your citation rather than to simply pay it. First, depending on the speed you were driving, your citation can carry points (usually from 1 to 5 points). The DMV keeps track of your points. If you receive more than 12 points on your record within a 12-month period, your license is suspended. Keep in mind it is points from the date of the conviction, not from the calendar date of the citation. Avoiding points is one good reason to negotiate. A second reason to negotiate is to avoid insurance rate increases. If your citation is amended to a non-moving violation, then there are no points and your insurance rates will generally not increased.
Prosecutors generally negotiate speeding citations.So why do courts or prosecutors negotiate citations? Well, its economics. An individual accused of a crime, has a constitutional right to a trial, regardless if it is for a minor infraction. A prosecutor will have to subpoena the officer and the officer will have to testify and be cross-examined. Prosecutors and officers generally prefer to focus their attention on more serious crimes. Not that driving at an excessive speed is not dangerous. It is, and you should definitely not do it. However, given a choice of focusing a burglar or a murder charge, or focusing on a 10 mph over the speeding limit charge, the prosecutor will hopefully focus his or her attention wisely and make you an offer to resolve your case. Such offers benefit you and the court system as well. If you do not have time to go to court, you can hire an attorney to handle your traffic matter.