What to do when you get a Traffic Ticket in Clark County, Nevada.
Traffic tickets are annoying but lawyers can make them less so.
Calm, Courteous, and Quiet to the Police OfficerYou should consider a few things when you receive a ticket. Yes, you are probably guilty. If you are guilty, you committed a crime. The crime is a misdemeanor, which is the least severe crime to be charged with. Even though a fine is usually the punishment, jail time and community service are also at the Judge's discretion, along with requiring traffic school, and points on your driving record--which can result increased insurance premiums.The worst thing you can do is act upset with the police officer who stopped you. They may treat you very poorly, they may search your person (it's called a "Terry Pat Down Search") to look for a weapon or drugs...likewise they may search the passenger compartment of your car all in the name of officer safety. They may do these things on their own initiative, but if they ask to search, politely refuse. Always be calm, courteous, and quiet.
Immediately read the traffic ticket, place it in a safe place (glove compartment), and contact an attorney.Usually lawyers can settle the ticket and you'll end up only having to pay a fine. Lawyers do this as a matter of routine. Attorneys know the court staff and judges and are more comfortable talking to them and getting results. Attorneys get a traffic citation (which is a criminal charge) reduced to a non-criminal charge. Attorneys often get the tickets reduced to non-moving violations without points on the driving record and no traffic school. Attorneys get preferential treatment at court. Our wait in line is shorter, we get through the metal detectors faster, and they know where to park and how much has to be fed to the parking meters.