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Change Traffic Violation Laws from Criminal to Civil

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Re: Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) 428 and 429, which revise provisions related to minor traffic and related violations.

The PALS student organization needs you to support the above BDRs, and subsequent bills. Currently, moving traffic violations (speeding tickets) and parking citations are treated as criminal misdemeanors in Nevada. These BDRs would modify Nevada Statutes to treat moving traffic citations and parking citations as civil infractions rather than as criminal misdemeanors. The States of California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon all treat simple moving violations and parking citations as civil infractions rather than criminal misdemeanors.

Students cited for moving traffic violations (speeding tickets) or parking citations in Nevada are disadvantaged compared to students of these surrounding states because they are required to divulge speeding and parking tickets as criminal charges when they seek Bar admission. Lawyers commonly practice in the state where they complete their legal education; therefore, we urge you to please level the playing field for Nevada law students so that they can be equally competitive against law graduates from California, Arizona, and Utah, especially when applying to the Nevada Bar. The UNLV Boyd School of Law is training great lawyers, so please help keep Nevada-trained lawyers in Nevada by supporting these BDRs and the subsequent Bills.

Join with us to support these BDRs and get the subsequent bills passed. Sign the petition today!

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