To deter people from driving unsafely, the Nevada DMV imposes "demerit points" to your driver's license for every traffic violation sustained against you. If you suffer 12 or more points within a 12-month period, your license could get suspended for six months or longer.
On this page, our Las Vegas Nevada traffic ticket lawyers explain everything you need to know about how the demerit point system works.
If you got a traffic ticket, or if you think you're facing a license suspension, call us at (702) DEFENSE for help . . . In most cases, we can get it thrown out or reduced to a non-moving violation which has no demerit points.
How does Nevada's Demerit Point System work?
Most Las Vegas traffic law violations get allocated a demerit point value. If you're ever convicted for a traffic violation, the DMV stacks the corresponding points onto your driving record.
Once you amass three or more demerit points, the DMV notifies you by mail. If you accumulate twelve or more points on your Nevada driver's license within a twelve month period, your license will be suspended for six months.
How many points do Nevada traffic violations carry?
It depends. Parking and other non-moving violations generally don't carry any demerit points because they're so minor. And the most serious traffic offenses such as Las Vegas DUI don't carry any demerits either because they instead mandate full-out license suspension or revocation.
Below are some of the most frequently ticketed traffic crimes and their corresponding demerit point values. For the complete list of the DMV point schedule, click here.
|Nevada Reckless Driving||8|
|Nevada Hit & Run||6|
|Following too closely||4|
|Failure to yield the right-of-way||4|
|Passing a school bus when signals are flashing||4|
|Failure to yield to a pedestrian||4|
|Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign||4|
|Impeding traffic, driving too slowly||2|
|Failure to dim headlights||2|
|Speeding 1-10 mph over the limit||1|
|Speeding 11-20 mph over the limit||2|
|Speeding 21-30 mph over the limit||3|
|Speeding 31-40 mph over the limit||4|
|Speeding 41 mph and over limit||5|
How can I eliminate my demerit points?
The demerit points for a particular Nevada traffic violation are automatically erased from your total once twelve months pass from the date of the conviction. You can also have 3 points taken off your license by completing a traffic safety course (but only if the course isn't a term of any plea-bargain with the court . . . any traffic school that's ordered as part of a plea deal does not remove demerit points).
You're allowed to attend traffic school in Las Vegas no more than once a year to remove demerit points. And be sure to wait until you receive notice that the DMV has added the points to your record before you take the course-doing traffic school prior to the points being applied to your record will not give you the three-point deduction. For a list of Nevada DMV-certified traffic schools, click here.
Note that even after your demerit points get removed from your license, the underlying conviction stays on your permanent driving record and may cause an increase in your auto insurance rates.
What if I live out of state and I get a traffic ticket in Nevada?
If you're not a Nevada resident, it's best to hire a local lawyer here to try to get your traffic ticket dismissed or pleaded down. Your attorney should also contact your home-state DMV to determine if and how the Nevada ticket will affect your driver's license and demerits point total there. For a list of DMVs in all fifty states, click here.
What if I live in Nevada and I get a traffic ticket from another state?
Hire a local attorney in that state to try to get your ticket dismissed or pleaded down. An out of state conviction for a traffic violation will not generate demerit points on your Nevada license, though it will become part of your driving record.
Can I try to stop my license from being suspended?
Yes. Before your Nevada license is suspended for accruing twelve or more demerit points, the DMV will notify you by mail of your right to an administrative hearing. A hearing is like a mini-trial, so it's important to retain a local attorney to handle the case.
You should always hire counsel as soon as you get a traffic citation in Las Vegas. If your attorney can get the ticket dismissed or pleaded down to a non-moving violation, then you won't have to deal with the Nevada DMV or demerit points at all.
We're here to help . . .
If you're facing license suspension for demerit points in Nevada, call our Las Vegas traffic ticket defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a free phone consultation. We may be able to fight and win against the DMV so you keep your driver's license.
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