What's the difference between a parking ticket and a moving violation in Las Vegas?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jan 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nevada moving violations...such as speeding or failure to signal...are misdemeanors in Nevada. As crimes, moving violations carry the following consequences:

  • 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. 
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    Moving violations are more serious than parking tickets in Nevada. They carry harsher penalties and consequences for non-payment.

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.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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