Fighting traffic tickets for "illegal stopping or parking" in Nevada
(NRS 484B.450)

Illegal stopping, standing or parking in Las Vegas is typically punished by a small civil fine. But it may be possible to get the ticket dropped completely if the driver can show he/she was doing nothing unlawful.

People cited for illegal stopping or parking are cautioned not to ignore their ticket; otherwise, the fine may double or more.

In this article our Las Vegas traffic ticket attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about illegal stopping, standing or parking in Clark County and throughout Nevada, including such issues as defense strategies, punishments, demerit points, record seals, and more. Click on a topic below to jump directly to that section:

If you have been injured by a vehicle that illegally stopped, contact our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys to learn about whether you may be entitled to money damages.

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Illegal stopping, standing or parking is typically punished by a fine in Nevada.

1. What is illegal stopping, standing, or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Nevada law prohibits stopping, standing or parking a vehicle in any of the following places:

  • on a sidewalk;
  • in front of a public or private driveway;
  • within an intersection;
  • within 15 feet of a fire hydrant in a place where parallel parking is permitted, or within 20 feet of a fire hydrant if angle parking is permitted and a local ordinance requires the greater distance;
  • on a crosswalk;
  • within 20 feet of a crosswalk;
  • within 30 feet upon the approach to any official traffic-control signal located at the side of a highway;
  • between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone;
  • within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad;
  • within 20 feet of a driveway entrance to any fire station and, on the side of a highway opposite the entrance to any fire station, within 75 feet of that entrance;
  • alongside or opposite any highway excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
  • on the highway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of or curb of a highway;
  • upon any bridge or other elevated structure or within a highway tunnel;
  • within 5 feet of a public or private driveway; and
  • at any place where official traffic-control devices prohibit stopping, standing or parking

There are some exceptions. Stopping, standing or parking in violation of NRS 484B.450 is allowed when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic-control device. This law also does not apply to people operating a vehicle of the United States Postal Service if the vehicle is being operated for the official business of the United States Postal Service.[1]

2. How do I fight charges for illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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Drivers commit no offense if they stop or park a car in an otherwise illegal place if it was logistically necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic. The criminal defense attorney would try to obtain any available surveillance video, photographs and eye-witness testimony to demonstrate that the driver acted reasonably.

3. What are the penalties for illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

The penalty varies depending on the city or county where the incident allegedly happened, but it is usually just a modest civil fine and possibly community service. In Las Vegas however, note that parking in the following locations is a misdemeanor carrying a sentence of up to $50 and/or 30 days in jail.

  • TROPICANA AVENUE. The entire route between United States Highway 91 and Paradise Road on Tropicana Avenue, in the unincorporated town of Paradise, is designated to be a "no parking" area and no vehicle shall be parked at any hour of the day or night along that route.
  • CONVENTION CENTER DRIVE. The entire route from United States Highway 91 to Paradise Road on Convention Center Drive, in the unincorporated town of Winchester, is designated to be a "no parking" area and no vehicle shall be parked at any hour of the day or night along that route, except for emergency purposes.
  • PARADISE ROAD. The entire route from Patrick Lane to Sahara Avenue on Paradise Road, in the unincorporated towns of Winchester and Paradise, is hereby designated to be a "no parking" area and no vehicle shall be parked at any hour of the day or night along that route.
  • WINNICK AVENUE. The entire route from Koval Lane to its western terminus west of Audrie Street and Ida Avenue on Winnick Avenue, in the unincorporated town of Paradise, is designated to be a "no parking" area and no vehicle shall be parked at any hour of the day or night along that route.
  • TROPICANA AVENUE. The entire route from Rainbow Boulevard to Durango Drive on Tropicana Avenue, in the unincorporated towns of Spring Valley and Enterprise, is designated to be a "no parking" area and no vehicle shall be parked at any hour of the day or night.
  • VEGAS PLAZA DRIVE. The entire route from Spring Mountain Road to Pershing Avenue, in the unincorporated town of Paradise is designated to be a "no parking" area and no vehicle shall be parked at any hour of the day or night.
  • BLACK CANYON AVENUE. The entire route along its northerly side only from Vegas Plaza Drive to its westerly terminus is designated to be a "no parking" area and no vehicle shall be parked at any hour of the day or night.[2]

4. Can I get a charge for illegal stopping or parking dismissed in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Possibly. It depends on the facts of the case.

5. How many points will illegal stopping or parking put on my driver's license in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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None. Though if the illegal stopping, standing or parking impeded forward traffic, the cop might cite the driver under the separate crime of NRS 484B.627 that carries two (2) demerit points. Demerit points remain on driver's licenses for only one (1) year year. But if a driver accrues twelve (12) or more demerit points, then the Nevada DMV will suspend the license for six (6) months.[3]

People facing license suspensions are encouraged to retain criminal defense counsel to contest the suspension at a DMV hearing, which is similar to a small-scale trial. Driving with a suspended license is a misdemeanor in Nevada that carries up to six (6) months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.[4]

6. Will illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada cause my auto insurance rates to go up?

Most parking tickets typically do not cause increased auto insurance rates, but it is best to consult with an attorney.

7. Do I have to do traffic school if I get cited for illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Usually no.

8. What happens if I ignore my ticket for illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Parking fines tend to double or more if they go unpaid.

9. How will illegal stopping or parking affect my commercial driver's license in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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Commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) and non-commercial ones are treated the same way. So a straight parking ticket should not affect a CDL.

10. What happens to my out-of-state license if I get cited for illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Contact an attorney in that state to discuss the DMV penalties.

11. When can I seal a conviction for illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Parking tickets typically do not go on the person's criminal record. But the few that do (such as illegal parking under Clark County Code 14.40.130) may be sealed one (1) year after the case closes. And there is no waiting period if the case gets dismissed.[5]

12. Will I get deported for illegal stopping or parking in Nevada?

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Illegal stopping or parking is not a deportable crime. In any event, aliens are advised to seek experienced legal counsel any time they are ticketed or charged, no matter how minor the event. Learn more about the criminal defense of immigrants in Nevada.

13. Should I fight my illegal stopping or parking citation in Las Vegas, Nevada or just pay the fine?

Discuss the pros and cons with a criminal defense attorney. Some cases are worth fighting for.

14. Can I go to trial for illegal stopping or parking in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Usually the criminal trial process is not available for parking tickets, but it may be possible to request an administrative hearing.[9]

15. Do I need an attorney if I illegal stopped or parked in Las Vegas, Nevada?

It is never a bad idea to hire experienced legal counsel. Defendants with attorneys usually get better outcomes.

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Legal References:

  1. NRS 484B.450.
  2. See, e.g., Clark County Code 14.40 Stopping, Standing and Parking; NRS 484B.627.
  3. NAC 483.500; NAC 483.510(5)(c).
  4. NRS 483.560.
  5. NRS 179.245; NRS 179.255.

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