Frequently Asked Questions
I am often asked, what happens next. The ticket information has been submitted, the retainer is paid, all the requested paperwork has been submitted; now what?
What we do next will depend largely on two things... First, what is the court date on the ticket and second, which court is your case in. If the court date is not for another three months, we probably won't do anything for a while. In most cases it takes two to six weeks before the case information even reaches the court. If the court hasn't opened your case there is nothing we can do; we can't make an appearance in a case that doesn't exist.
On the other hand, if your court date is close at hand, we will begin the process. What that process is will depend on which court we are dealing with as each court is different. In most of the cases we handle we will be requesting what is called an attorney session. These are court dates that are reserved for cases that are being handled by an attorney. When an attorney session is assigned, the appearance date on the case is reset. In other words, the court date on the ticket, unless it happens to be the same date as our attorney session, is no longer the court date on the case. If we are handling your case, unless we tell you otherwise, there is no reason for you to appear in court.
Every time the court date changes, or there is other activity on your case, we will update the case status on our website. You can login any time to see what we have done and when you can expect the next update after the next court date.
When we have completed work on the case we will enter the final status update which will include detailed instructions that you will need to complete your case. We will also include the due date of any fines or other requirements, which will be the next court date on the case. As long as the fines are paid and any other requirements are completed, unless we or the court tells you otherwise, the court will close your case and you will not need to appear.
Our goal is to be the "Number One" Traffic Ticket Law Firm in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada!
We hear lots of praise from our clients. For example, "Wow! The best, LV Traffic Ticket Guy is the best. My ticket was taken care of, no points, no insurance increase," "I would recommend the LV Traffic Ticket Guy to anyone," and "There are lots of traffic ticket lawyers in Las Vegas, but this guy made my traffic ticket experience totally easy."
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If you want to see a representation of cases that we have worked on, you can look at the Las Vegas Justice Court's website to see some samples. Just click on "View and Pay Traffic Citations Online," then select Search by "Attorney." then enter "Maridon" as the last name search term and "Joseph" as the first name search term. You can find more recent cases by searching for cases filed in the last six months. Please keep in mind this is just one of the courts that we deal with and the system will only display 200 cases, but it will give you an idea of what we do.
NOTE: Some of the cases displayed are in warrant status. Those particular clients, for whatever reason, failed to complete the case by paying the fine or completing other requirements as ordered by the court. We do our best to get the charges and fines reduced, we communicate the requirements to the client and provide as much information as possible to make sure every client knows what needs to be done to complete the case, but we will not pay the fines for anyone; that is our clients' responsibility.
I am often asked, what will the fine be in my case?
In most cases we can tell the standard fine for a particular violation but we may not be able to tell you what the fine will be if we work on your case. We always try to get the fine amount reduced, but that is not always possible.
If the judge orders you to attend traffic school as a requirement to complete your case, you may not have a choice. However, we will never ask for a traffic school option unless you tell us to, and then, we will only ask for that option if it means a lower fine or reduced points.
In some cases we can get a lower fine if you agree to go to traffic school. Level 1 (the most common) traffic school takes five hours to complete. In most cases you can complete traffic school online at your convenience. You can even leave and come back, but it will take a total of five hours to complete. The cost of traffic school depends on the court where your ticket is located. The price of traffic schools range from $9.95 to more than $50.00.
The fine is not always reduced, even with traffic school. However, it is common to see a fine lower by $100.00 or more if you would like to go to traffic school.
We never ask for traffic school unless you tell us to. In some cases, however, the judge will make you go to traffic school if you want the charge(s) reduced to a non-moving violation. If you don't go to traffic school after the judge orders traffic school, the charge will not be amended and it will go on your record. Remember, we do not control the outcome of your case, and we certainly do not guarantee that you will not have to go to traffic school.
If you are required to attend traffic school, some courts will require you to attend a specific traffic school. If that is the case we will provide you with contact details for that specific traffic school. Most courts, however, will allow you to choose the traffic school you will attend. A complete, up-to-date list of traffic schools may be found here: dmvnv.com.
Below is a list of DMV-certified online traffic schools that we recommend.
2. Safe2Drive (If you are taking traffic school for a traffic ticket case, it is "court ordered")
If you are under 18, the court will not allow you to represent yourself.
In most case, the court will require you to appear in court with a parent or guardian. You cannot even just pay the fine, you will have to appear. You may, however, be represented by an attorney in court, saving you and your parent the time and trouble of going to court. There are some exceptions. If you provide us with the details of your citation, we can advise you of your options.
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Paying a Southern Nevada traffic ticket fine immediately makes you guilty of the traffic ticket charge. Why pay the fine and plead guilty when Attorney Joseph Maridon, the LV Traffic Ticket Guy, can fight for you and get your charges reduced? Even if you know or think you're guilty or were caught speeding on radar, the LV Traffic Ticket Guy can negotiate your case and get the charge reduced to a non-moving violation, which means NO POINTS! In tougher cases we may be able to get you a reduction to something that does not effect your insurance. You also save money and time by not having to take a day off work because the LV Traffic Ticket Guy will go to court for you!
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The Maridon Law Firm will help you get your arrest warrant or bench warrant recalled. If you missed a traffic ticket court date in Las Vegas, Henderson or North Las Vegas, and there is a warrant on your case, contact us immediately so we can get to work on your case as soon as possible.
Our office is located near downtown Las Vegas, Nevada and in most cases we can get your case out of warrant within a few business hours. Cases outside of Las Vegas may take longer, depending on which court we are dealing with.
Attorney Joseph R. Maridon, Jr. will represent you in the underlying case that led to the issue of the warrant in the first place. Why take a chance or go through the unnecessary stress of dealing with a warrant on your own; contact us to resolve your case today.
The legal process can demand a high level of specialization and understanding; we are here to help you understand the process.
What is a bench warrant?
The court issues a bench warrant when a defendant fails to appear in court for either a criminal or a civil hearing. Law enforcement officers have the right to locate that person and arrest him/her. When a defendant is arrested on a bench warrant the defendant will be apprehended and detained in the jail until bail is posted, or that person appears at the hearing.
If someone who had to appear in the court for a case or a traffic ticket failed to do so, then a bench warrant is issued against that person. You can imagine the kind of embarrassment and trouble it poses to someone. He will not only face an arrest but numerous fines (possibly) and might also get his driver’s license suspended.
In case your driver’s license was indeed suspended, that would lead to further complications. First you will be required to get a clearance from the court stating that you did appear in your hearing. If your warrant is in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas or Henderson, Attorney Joseph R. Maridon, Jr will use his legal prowess to get you out of the problem in the quickest and easiest manner possible. He will also help you out if your warrant is Goodsprings, Mesquite, Searchlight, or other courts in Clark County & Southern Nevada.
What is a Failure to Appear (FTA)?
When you are stopped by a police officer and issued a citation, the officer asks you to sign the ticket. By signing the ticket you are not admitting guilty, but rather, you are promising to appear in court and answer the charges. If you refuse to sign the ticket, the officer can arrest you and take you immediately (usually after a night in jail) before the magistrate to answer the charges. If you sign the ticket and then fail to appear in court, the court will issue a Failure to Appear or FTA, which is a separate crime in most courts of law and carries separate penalties. A bench warrant usually accompanies an FTA.
If an FTA or warrant is issued, the court notifies the DMV (Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles) to suspend your driver’s license. If you privilege to drive is suspended in Nevada and you reside in another state, your driver’s license will likely be suspended in your home state.
In case you had gone through a court case, found guilty and fined and you failed to make the payment. That again qualifies you for a bench warrant, regardless of the reasons for not making the payment. In that case, the court could issue an FTP (failure to pay), which is also a separate crime and carries separate penalties and which could also get your driver’s license suspended.
Attorney Joseph R. Maridon Jr will help you get that warrant recalled by filing a motion with the court. Then he will work on keeping the citation, FTAs or FTPs off your record in most cases.
Our office is located near downtown Las Vegas Nevada, near the court house so we can usually get your warrant recalled the same the day. Also, our rates are very competitive and our staff is very dedicated.
Call our office today for a free, confidential consultation.
I am often asked if I can get the charges dropped.
In some cases, we can get some, or all of the charges on a ticket dropped. What are those cases, you ask? If you failed to show proof of insurance when you were pulled over, but you had insurance at the time, we can get that charge dismissed. Same goes for failure to show a valid registration (most of the time). However, you can get those charges dropped on your own if you want to provide proof to the court yourself.
I have been successful in getting other charges dropped when the officer writes two separate violations for a single action, like following too close and unsafe lane change. In most of the cases we deal with, however, the charges are not dropped, but rather they are reduced to a non-moving violation, like a parking ticket. That way the violation will not go on your driving record and it will not effect your insurance rates.
It is possible to take your case to trial and contest the charges. Very few simple traffic ticket cases actually go to trial. If you are sure that you have a good defense and you want to take your case to trial, we can certainly assist you with that. However, you need to know that the process will take a considerable amount of time, perhaps a year or more. You also need to know that if you lose, the original charge will go on your driving record, and you will not likely get any breaks on the fine or court fees. Finally, if you want us to represent you at trial, you will need to pay a retainer which will be at least $1,500.00, but may be more depending on the specific facts of your case. The good news is, if you prevail at trial, the charges will be dropped.
One of the most frequent questions I hear is, "What can you do in my case?"
When it comes to resolving your case, you have several options. First, what many people do is simply pay the ticket. This, of course, would result in a blemish on your driving record, and in most cases, an increase in auto insurance premiums.
Second, what the LV Traffic Ticket Guy usually recommends is to negotiate a plea agreement. Most of the courts in Southern Nevada are willing to reduce the charge on most tickets to a non-moving violation, like a parking ticket, and some are willing to reduce the fine. To get a deal like this you must be willing to plead no contest or guilty and pay the fine. A parking ticket is not reported to the DMV and will not affect your insurance premiums. If you plead no contest, you are not admitting guilt, but you are not contesting the charge. Obviously our website is set up primarily to assist those who want to take advantage of this second option. That is by far the least expensive, the least time consuming and the least worrisome way to resolve a traffic ticket case.
Finally, you have a right to go to trial. Very few simple traffic ticket cases actually go to trial. If you are sure that you have a good defense and you want to take your case to trial, we can certainly assist you with that. However, you need to know that the process will take a considerable amount of time, perhaps a year or more. You also need to know that if you lose, the original charge will go on your driving record, and you will not likely get any breaks on the fine or court fees. Finally, if you want the LV Traffic Ticket Guy to represent you at trial, you will need to pay a retainer which will be at least $500.00, but may be more depending on the specific facts of your case.
Effective through December 31, 2022: According to NRS 193.120(1) A crime is an act or omission forbidden by law and punishable upon conviction by death, imprisonment, fine or other penal discipline. NRS 193.120 also states that all crimes in Nevada are either misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, or felonies. A misdemeanor in Nevada is every crime punishable by a fine of not more than $1000, or by imprisonment in county jail for not more than 6 months. Traffic violations are misdemeanors, as is illegal parking. What we do in most cases is get a moving violation amended to a non-moving violation, like illegal parking. Non-moving violations are not reported to the DMV and do not affect your insurance.
Effective January 1, 2023: Most traffic violations will fall into the category of "civil infraction." "’Civil infraction’ means a violation of any provision of chapters 483 to 484E, inclusive, 486 or 490 of NRS that is not punishable as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony." NRS 481.015. What this means in practice is that the government will no longer have to prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt," but rather the burden of proof will be a much lower, "preponderance of the evidence," or "more likely than not," standard. Also, as the "fines" will be considered civil judgements, the government will be able to attach assets, including wages and property to satisfy any outstanding debt.
Note regarding trial by jury: A defendant in any case treated as a civil infraction case, has a right to contest the allegations, but according to NRS 484A.7041, “[a] hearing conducted pursuant to this section must be conducted by the court without a jury.”
NRS 484A.7041 directly contradicts the Nevada Constitution, Article 1, Sec. 3. which states in relevant part, “The right of trial by Jury shall be secured to all and remain inviolate forever; but a Jury trial may be waived by the parties in all civil cases in the manner to be prescribed by law.”