16 Alerts From the CRIMINAL Tag


Low-Level Traffic Fines: A Slippery Slope to Civil Court: NMA E-Newsletter #730

On January 1st, Nevada became the latest state to remove the threat of a criminal charge for motorists who can’t pay fines for minor traffic violations. The new law has downgraded these minor infractions from criminal misdemeanors to civil violations with civil penalties. This change only applies to low-level traffic tickets, not to tickets like reckless […]

What about Police Traffic Stop Reform Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #604

Editor’s Note: Last week, in Part 1, we discussed ideas for traffic stop reform. This week we delve into some of the thornier issues for reform from the NMA perspective. Recently, Berkeley, California’s city council passed an ordinance to remove police officers out of the traffic enforcement equation. After the requisite planning and community input, […]

Driving for Opportunity Act: NMA E-Newsletter #601

None of us ever want a traffic ticket, but at least many of us can afford to deal with the ticket either by fighting it or paying the fine. You might believe that if you violate a traffic law, no allegedly about it, you should pay the fine.  But what if the only recourse for […]

How I Fought a $50 NYC Red-Light Camera Ticket from 1400 Miles Away (and made them earn it): NMA E-Newsletter #453

By T.A. Beckett, NMA Arkansas Member Editor’s Note: Mr. Beckett is not an attorney but his mother was a trial lawyer in the New York City area who also taught legal writing and courtroom practice at Hofstra University. He notes that from age 16 until the time he graduated college, he spent time watching her […]

Criminal Traffic Court is the Best Option: NMA E-Newsletter #450

Whose side are we on anyway? The NMA objects when cities lower the traffic court bar, downgrading routine moving violations from criminal to civil offenses while also issuing lesser fines and eliminating points against defendant driving records. Again, why would we do that? To answer those questions, look no further than the example of jurisprudence […]

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