Changes being implemented in Justice Court Traffic
The Las Vegas Justice Court is implementing new Traffic Division policies. Apparently, traffic school is going to become more of a requirement, rather than an exception.
The Court will not require you to attend traffic school if you received a 1-point citation (e.g., speeding 1-10 mph over the speed limit) and you have not had a moving offense within a rolling 3-year period. However, if you receive a second citation for a moving offense within a rolling 3-year period, then you will be required to do either Level-1 traffic school or Level-2 traffic school (depending on the violation type). Also, if you receive a 4-5 point citation (e.g., passing a red light), then you will be required to do Level-2 Traffic School even if it is your first citation in the last three years.
Thus, in the future, in addition to paying your fines, you may be required to pay for and complete traffic school. Keep in mind that under certain circumstances, the traffic school requirement can be waived by paying a traffic school waiver fee. For Level 1, the waiver fee is going to be about $100. For Level 2, the waiver is going to be about $200.
Therefore, as an example, if you received a 4 point Failure to Obey Traffic Signal (fine $258), you will generally have three options (assuming no warrant issues or serious offenses):
- You can pay the fine ($258) and get 4 points on your record. This could impact your insurance rate.
- You can have the citation amended to a non-moving parking violation by paying the fine ($258) plus paying for and completing Level 2 traffic school on-line. The Level 2 traffic school is $130. Therefore, the total cost to amend the charge is $388 and requires you to complete the 8 hour traffic school course.
- You can have the citation amended to a non-moving parking violation by paying the fine ($258) plus paying a $200 traffic school waiver fee. You will not be required to take the 8 hour class, but you will have to pay $458.
Thus, in conclusion, the cost of attaining a citation is going up in the Las Vegas Justice Court. Additionally, with the 3-year rolling period, it is important to make sure that if you are cited with 2 or 3 different citations at the same time (e.g., speeding and failure to maintain lane) or if you strongly believe you are not responsible for the allegation in the citation, that you contact an attorney to assist in avoiding, not only unnecessary points, but also incorrect information on the number of citations you received within the 3 year period. Trachtman Law is here to assist in representing you in court to attain the best possible resolution. Also, Trachtman Law can represent you at trial if you want to fight the allegations on your citation. Call us at (702) 474-0404 if you have any questions.