"Running a stop sign" in Nevada
(NRS 484B.257)

Running a stop sign in Las Vegas carries a $395 fine as well as four (4) demerit points on the person's Nevada driver's license. But in the majority of cases, the judge may reduce the charge to a "non-moving" violation with no demerit points.

Ignoring a stop sign may be a minor crime in Nevada, but courts always issue bench warrants to people who ignore their traffic tickets. Having a bench warrant means that the person can be arrested at any time and faces extra fines.

In this article our Las Vegas traffic ticket attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about failure to obey stop signs in Clark County and throughout Nevada. We delve into such issue as defenses, punishments, demerit points, record seals, and other relevant information. Click on a topic below to jump directly to that section:

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Failure to obey a stop sign is a misdemeanor in Nevada.

1. Is running a stop sign illegal in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Yes. Drivers approaching a stop sign are required to come to a complete stop before continuing to drive. The only exception is if a police officer is patrolling the intersection and directing traffic.

1.1. School Buses

Drivers must stop for school buses whenever students are boarding or departing and when the bus is displaying its flashing red lights. Traffic in both directions must stop unless the school bus is on a divided highway with a median or other physical barrier.[1]

2. How do I fight charges for running a stop sign in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Most stop sign cases can be resolved in the defendant's favor without much litigation. Otherwise, it may be possible to fight the case on the merits with the following evidence (if available):

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  • surveillance video that shows the defendant came to a complete stop or that there was no signage,
  • photographs that show there was no signage, and/or
  • eye-witnesses who saw the defendant come to a complete stop

Sometimes traffic cases have no evidence other than the police report. As long as the prosecutor cannot show beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant ignored the stop sign, the defendant should not be convicted. 

3. What are the penalties for running a stop sign in Las Vegas, Nevada?

It varies by location, but the fine for failing to obey a stop sign is $395 in the city of Las Vegas. And the amount is doubled if work zones or pedestrian safety zones.

Running a stop light is treated as a misdemeanor offense in Nevada. This is different from California, which classifies it as an "infraction." Nevada misdemeanors carry a maximum punishment of up to $1,000 in fines and/or up to six (6) months in jail. But judges hardly ever impose jail on a traffic ticket violation unless there are extenuating circumstances.[2]

In practice, Nevada courts are amenable to reducing traffic tickets for moving violations (such as running a stop sign) to a non-moving violations, which have a lesser sentence. Scroll down to learn more...

4. Can I get a charge for running a stop sign reduced to a non-moving violation in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Unless the defendant has a long history of traffic offenses, usually yes. Unlike many moving violations, non-moving violations carry no demerit points on the person's driver's license.

5. How many points will running a stop sign put on my driver's license in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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Four (4) demerit points. These demerit points would then stay on the person's driver's licenses for a full year.

In Nevada, a person's driver's license gets suspended for six (6) months if he/she accrues twelve (12) or more demerit points in a year period. The best way to avoid getting demerit points is to get traffic tickets lessened to a non-moving violation.[3]

If a person does find him/his driver's license suspended in Nevada, he/she can demand a Nevada DMV hearing to contest the suspension. It is similar to a trial, and it is advised that the driver hire private counsel to appear at the hearing.[4]

Note that driving with a suspended license is a misdemeanor in Nevada. The penalty is up to six (6) months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.

6. Will running a stop sign affect my auto insurance rates in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Most moving violations will cause a person's insurance premiums to increase, sometimes by hundreds of dollars. That is why it is so vital to hire counsel to try to get the charge reduced to a non-moving violation.

7. Do I have to do traffic school if I get cited for running a stop sign in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Not usually. But there are benefits to doing traffic school...

Completing Level 1 Nevada Traffic school within five (5) days of pleading guilty to running a stop sign usually causes the charge to be reduced to a non-moving violation. Therefore, the DMV will not add any demerit points to the person's license.[5]

8. What happens if I ignore my ticket for running a stop sign in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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The judge will issue a bench warrant, which means the defendant will be at risk of getting arrested. And the Nevada DMV may suspend the person's driver's license.

Bench warrants for traffic tickets can usually be recalled ("quashed"), but it is advised that an attorney file the "motion to quash" and appear in court on the person's behalf. Otherwise, the defendant risks arrest if he/she shows up to court and the judge opts not to quash the warrant.

Note that the judge who quashes the warrant has the power to issue an "FTA clearance" that would allow the DMV to reinstate the license.[6]

9. How will running a stop sign affect my commercial driver's license in Las Vegas, Nevada?

As with regular driver's licenses, running a stop sign will cause four (4) demerit points to go on the person's commercial driver's license (CDL) in Nevada. Remember that the license will get suspended for six (6) months if the driver ever collects twelve (12) or more demerit points in one (1) year period.

Commercial driver's license holders have a duty to notify their employer within thirty (30) days of getting a traffic ticket, irrespective of the vehicle they were driving at the time.[7]

10. What happens to my out-of-state license if I run a stop sign in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Out-of-state drivers are subject to their home state's DMV demerit consequences for running a stop sign, which may be more or less severe than Nevada's. Out-of-state drivers are advised to hire counsel in their home states to look into this.

11. When can I get a conviction for running a stop sign sealed in Las Vegas, Nevada?

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There is a one (1) years waiting period after the case is closed.[8] If the case gets completely dismissed (so there is no conviction for anything), there is no waiting period.[9]

12. Will I get deported for running through a stop sign?

Failing to stop at a stop sign alone is not a deportable offense. But in these uncertain political times, non-citizens charged with any offense are strongly advised to hire private counsel to handle their case. Learn more about the criminal defense of immigrants in Nevada.

13. Should I fight my stop sign citation in Las Vegas, Nevada or just pay the fine?

Fight the charge. In most cases, the prosecutor is willing to lower a ticket for running a stop sign to a non-moving violation. And this way, the defendant receives no demerit points and comes out with a cleaner criminal record.

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14. Can I go to trial for running a stop sign in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Most traffic cases resolve without a trial, but defendants always have the right to a bench trial (where the judge decides the case). Traffic defendants do not have the right to a jury trial, which is available only when the defendant faces more than six (6) months in jail.[10]

15. Do I need an attorney if I ran a stop sign in Las Vegas, Nevada?

It is highly recommended that anyone charged with a traffic violation hire experienced counsel to represent them. The D.A. tends to offer better deals to defendants with lawyers. Defense lawyers are skilled in getting charge reductions and dismissals. And defendants with defense attorneys do not have to go to court, which is a huge benefit for people who live out-of-state or who work.

15.1. Las Vegas Justice Court "attorney sessions"

Since there are so many traffic citations issued under the jurisdiction of Las Vegas Justice Court, the court holds biweekly "attorney sessions" on Tuesdays and Thursdays where prosecutors and defense attorneys can negotiate traffic ticket cases. This way, defendants who retain an lawyer can normally get the case resolved within a few days.

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If you have been cited for failing to stop at a stop sign or other traffic violation in Clark County or elsewhere in Nevada, phone our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a FREE consult. In most cases we are successful in getting the charge knocked down to a non-moving violation or full dismissal, sparing you high fines, demerit points, and traffic school.

If you were injured by someone running a stop sign in Nevada, you may be able to recover money for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Whether or not you were partly to blame for the incident, our Las Vegas car accident attorneys will fight to get you the highest financial reward possible.

 Legal References:

  1. NRS 484B.257; NRS 484B.353; Nevada DMV Violation Codes; the Nevada DMV refers to running a stop sign as Violation Code 405 or ACD Code M15. And Las Vegas Municipal Court refers to running a stop sign as 509; North Las Vegas 10.20.200; Clark County Code 14.32.100; 14.32.090.
  2. NRS 484B.257; NRS 484B.130.
  3. NAC 483.500; NAC 483.510.
  4. NAC 483.764.
  5. See, e.g., Traffic School Information, North Las Vegas Municipal Court; Las Vegas Justice Court Traffic School.
  6. NRS 173.155; see, e.g. motion to place on calendar to quash the warrant at Las Vegas Justice Court; Nevada DMV Suspension.
  7. NAC 483.500; NAC 483.510.
  8. NRS 179.245.
  9. NRS 179.255.
  10. Sixth Amendment.

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