- Moving violations go on the driver's criminal record (though convictions may be sealed one year after the case ends).
- The penalties may include a fine of up to $1,000, Traffic School, and (in rare cases) jail.
- The Nevada DMV will add demerit points to the driver's license.
- The driver's insurance premiums will increase.
- If the driver does not pay the fine (or fight the ticket in court), the judge will issue a bench warrant for the driver's arrest.
In contrast, most parking violations...such as parking too far from the curb...are not crimes in Nevada but rather civil infractions. Infractions are not as serious as moving violations:
- Parking tickets usually do not go on the person's criminal record.
- The fines are usually $100 or less.
- Traffic school and jail are not possible penalties.
- There is no demerit point penalty for parking tickets.
- Insurance premiums will not go up.
- And if the driver does not pay the fine, the worst that can happen is a fine increase and suspension of the car's registration.
Anyone who gets cited for a moving violation in Nevada is advised to fight the charge. It may be possible to persuade the prosecutor to either dismiss the charge or reduce it to a parking ticket. Parking tickets carry far laxer penalties and long-term consequences than moving violations do. Learn more about Las Vegas Nevada traffic laws.