Beatty Justice Court is located at 426 C Ave, Beatty, NV 89003 in the Bill Sullivan Justice Center. The phone number is (775) 553-2951. The email is [email protected]. And hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (excluding holidays).
In this article our Nevada criminal defense attorneys answer these frequently-asked-questions:
- 1. What is Beatty Justice Court?
- 2. Can I find my case information online?
- 3. Are fines payable online?
- 4. What is the penalty for missing a hearing?
- 5. Is there an alternative to paying a fine?
- 6. Do I have to get my own attorney?
- 7. Is the parking free?
- 8. What should I wear?
- 9. Are there translators there?
- 10. Should I leave my guns in the car?
- 11. Can I get my record sealed?
- 12. Where do I appeal my case?
1. What is Beatty Justice Court?
Beatty Township Justice Court (BJC) has jurisdiction over the following:
- All criminal matters in Beatty. Most of the cases involve misdemeanors (including traffic citations). But if any felony or gross misdemeanor cases fail to resolve in BJC, they will be transferred (called “bound over”) to the Fifth Judicial District Court.
- Protective orders (a.k.a. restraining orders)
- Landlord/tenant disputes (evictions)
- Small claims lawsuits (up to $10,000)
- Civil lawsuits (up to $15,000)
2. Can I find my case information online?
No. People must call the court clerk at (775) 553-2951.
3. Are fines payable online?
Yes. Go to BJC website, which accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
People also may pay in person at 426 C Avenue South Beatty, NV 89003. People may also send payment to the mailing address: PO Box 805 Beatty, NV 89003. But call the clerk beforehand at (775) 553-2951 to confirm acceptable forms of payment.
4. What is the penalty for missing a hearing?
Defendants in criminal cases can often skip routine appearances as long as they have a private Beatty criminal defense attorney appearing on their behalf. Otherwise, defendants risk getting a bench warrant for their arrest if they miss a mandatory court appearance, and they may even be charged with failure to appear (NRS 199.335). (Note that there is a 30-day grace period in traffic citation matters.)
Once a judge has issued a bench warrant, the defendant is advised to contact a criminal defense lawyer. The attorney can file a motion to quash the bench warrant, and defendants can usually skip the warrant hearing if their attorney is there.
When parties in civil matters miss a court hearing, the judge may issue a default judgment. This could allow the adverse party to go after their wages and bank accounts.
Due to COVID-19, the court may allow certain parties to conduct hearings telephonically. Contact the clerk at (775) 553-2951 for more information.
5. Is there an alternative to paying a fine?
The judge usually allows defendants to do community service if they cannot pay a fine. Defendants can work off $10 with an hour of service. But defendants need to get the judge’s approval first.
6. Do I have to get my own attorney?
Judges will appoint a public defender to defendants in criminal cases who cannot afford private counsel. Defendants do have the option of representing themselves, but it is not advised.
7. Is the parking free?
Yes. The lot in front of the courthouse is free.
8. What should I wear?
Anyone who enters BJC is advised to dress conservatively. No shorts, tank tops, offensive clothing, or bare feet.
9. Are there translators there?
Not usually. Non-English speakers should call the clerk at (775) 553-2951 to see if they can arrange for an interpreter to be there. Otherwise, people can bring a family member or friend to translate for them.
10. Should I leave my guns in the car?
Firearms are not allowed in the courthouse, and there is a metal detector at the main entrance. So leave any weapons in your vehicle or at home.
11. Can I get my records sealed?
Any case that resolves in Beatty Justice Court is sealable. But certain serious cases that transfer to District Court may not be sealed.
Dismissed charges can be sealed immediately. Otherwise, there is a wait.
|Conviction in Nevada||Waiting period for a record seal after the case closes|
|Misdemeanors (with some exceptions – see below)||1 year|
|Gross misdemeanors, category E felonies, and misdemeanor battery, harassment, stalking, or violation of a protection order||2 years|
|Category D felonies, category C felonies, or category B felonies (with some exceptions – see below)||5 years|
|Misdemeanor DUI and battery domestic violence||7 years|
|Category A felonies, burglary of a residence, and felony crimes of violence||10 years|
|Certain sex crimes, crimes against children, invasion of the home with a deadly weapon, and felony DUI.||Never|
The record seal process takes months. People are encouraged to hire an attorney to manage it.
12. Where do I appeal my case?
Parties may appeal their BJC cases to the Nye County District Court, located at 1520 E. Basin Avenue #105, Pahrump, NV 89060. The phone number is 775-751-4210. Meanwhile, district court cases get appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
- Beatty Justice Court official site
- History of the Justice Center
- Nye County District Attorney
- Information for Victims and Witnesses
- Beatty Jail (bail)
- Nye County Office (in the same facility as Tonopah Justice Court on 101 Radar Road)