Most Nevada criminal cases are prosecuted in state court by a county's district attorney's office. But some crimes are prosecuted in federal court by the U.S. Attorney's Office And although state crimes and federal crimes are equally serious, federal court has more complex rules and procedures than state court.
Nevada has two federal courthouses in Las Vegas and in Reno that hear criminal cases. This page provides information about the Reno federal courthouse. (For information about the Las Vegas federal courthouse, go to our article on the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse.)
1) What is the federal courthouse in Reno, Nevada called?
Reno's federal courthouse is named the Bruce R. Thompson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, District of Nevada.
2) What is the address of the federal courthouse in Reno, Nevada?
Reno's federal courthouse is located at 400 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501.
3) What is the phone number of the federal courthouse in Reno, Nevada?
The telephone number for the Reno federal courthouse is 775-686-5800.
4) What are business hours for federal court in Reno, Nevada?
The operating hours for the Thompson U.S. Courthouse, District of Nevada, are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for federal holidays.
5) Is federal case information available online for Reno, Nevada?
Yes. Go to the Nevada federal court case search site to search for information on criminal cases in the U.S. District of Nevada.
6) Does federal court have a dress code in Reno, Nevada?
Yes. People who go to the Bruce R. Thompson federal courthouse should dress conservatively. Strictly prohibited are bare feet, hats, sunglasses, shorts, tank tops, or clothes with obscene words or images.
7) Does federal court supply translators in Reno, Nevada?
The Thompson Courthouse should provide interpreters for any defendants, plaintiffs and witnesses who speak no English. However, it is suggested that people in need of interpreters phone federal court in advance at 775-686-5800 to make sure arrangements have been made for the correct court date.
8) What if defendants in federal court cannot afford a lawyer in Reno, Nevada?
The Nevada Federal Public Defender's Office provides a lawyer to defendants in federal criminal cases who cannot afford private counsel. The phone number of the Reno Office is (775) 321-8451.
9) Where is federal prison in Reno, Nevada?
Currently, Nevada has no federal prisons. So defendants who are sentenced in the Reno Federal Courthouse to serve prison time will usually be incarcerated at the Washoe County Detention Center, located at 911 Parr Boulevard, Reno, NV 89512.
Arrested? Call us . . . .
It is recommended that people facing federal charges hire private counsel to help guide them through the confusing and rigorous federal court process. Call Nevada federal criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to consult with a lawyer for free. We will fight to try to get your case lessened to a more minor charge or dismissed completely. And if the situation calls for it, we can take the matter to a federal jury in pursuit of a "not guilty" verdict.
If you are facing state criminal charges in or around Reno, contact our Reno criminal defense attorneys at (775) 348-9685. To learn about federal crimes in Nevada, go to our informational article on Nevada federal criminal defense attorneys, U.S. Attorney's Office, Reno criminal defense attorneys, Washoe County Detention Center, and Lloyd George Federal Courthouse. And to learn about California federal crimes, go to our article on California federal crimes.