Boulder City Justice Court is located at 501 Avenue G, Boulder City, NV 89005. The phone number is (702) 455-8000. The email is [email protected]. And the hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
In this article our Nevada criminal defense attorneys answer these frequently-asked-questions:
- 1. What is Boulder City Justice Court?
- 2. Where is my case information?
- 3. Where do I pay my fines?
- 4. Is there an alternative to paying fines?
- 5. Do I have to go to court for a traffic ticket?
- 6. What happens if I miss a required hearing date?
- 7. Do I still need to come to court if I do not live in Nevada?
- 8. How do I get a public defender?
- 9. Are there interpreters in the courtroom?
- 10. What is the dress code?
- 11. Where do I park?
- 12. How soon can I seal my records?
Boulder City Township Justice Court (BCJC) has jurisdiction over the following civil and criminal court cases:
- Misdemeanors – which includes traffic tickets – outside the incorporated city limits of Boulder City. Misdemeanors arising from inside the incorporated city limits are handled in Boulder City Municipal Court (which shares a courtroom with BCJC).
- All felonies and gross misdemeanors in Boulder City. But if these charges do not get dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors, then the cases get transferred (bound over) to the Eighth Judicial District Court at 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101.
- Restraining orders to prevent stalking, harassment, harm to minors, or sexual assault. Only Family Court issues TPOs (temporary protective order) for domestic violence.
- Small claims cases of up to $10,000.
- Civil matters of up to $15,000.
Go online to the BCJC case search website.
There are four different ways:
3.1. In person
During business hours, go to the courthouse at:
501 Avenue G
Boulder City, NV 89005
Accepted payments include cash, credit (MasterCard/Visa), debit (MasterCard/Visa), money orders, and cashiers checks. No personal checks. Call ahead of time to make sure the courthouse is open – COVID-19 may cause the clerks to reduce operating hours.
Go to the BCJC website to pay by Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card.
3.3. Over the phone
Call the clerk at 702-455-8000 to pay by Visa or MasterCard.
3.4. The U.S. mail
Send a cashiers check or money order to:
Boulder Township Justice Courthouse
501 Avenue G
Boulder City, NV 89005
The judge usually permits defendants to do community service instead. One hour of service shaves $10 off the fine. But defendants need the judge’s permission prior to doing community service.
If the traffic ticket says the letter G on the back, then yes. Otherwise, defendants can skip court if they pay the fine (bail amount) by the deadline. Note that doing traffic school does not reduce the fine, but it will cause the charge to be reduced to a non-moving violation with no demerit points.
Defendants who miss a required criminal court appearance will have a bench warrant issued for their arrest. If this happens, defendants can hire an attorney to file a motion to quash the warrant. The judge will then hold a hearing on the matter. Judges usually agree to recall bench warrants as long as the defendant does not have a long history of missing court.
Note that missing a civil court appearance – such as small claims – will not cause a bench warrant to issue. But it may cause the judge to hand down a default judgment against the absentee party.
Out-of-state defendants are held to the same standard as locals and must attend required court appearances. However, defendants who hire a Boulder City criminal defense attorney to appear on their behalf usually can skip the arraignment and any status checks. But they would need to be present if the case goes to preliminary hearing or trial.
BCJC defendants who cannot afford to pay for their own criminal defense lawyer will be appointed a public defender from the Clark County Public Defenders Office.
Non-English-speakers must reserve a translator ahead of time by calling the Clark County Interpreter’s Office at (702) 455-4279.
Conservative. Do not wear tank tops, shorts, or t-shirts with offensive messages. Everyone must wear shoes. And hats and sunglasses must be taken off before entering the courtroom.
There is free parking in the lot next to the courthouse:
If the charge gets dismissed, right away. But if the case ends with a conviction, then there is a waiting period. And certain serious convictions may never be sealed.
|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 nearly a year and requires extensive paperwork. A lawyer is recommended to manage the procedure.
- Boulder City Justice Court official website / Justice of the Peace
- Clark County record sealing information
- Bail schedule
- Fee schedule
- Clark County Code
- Clark County District Attorney
Other Clark County Justice Courts
- Las Vegas Justice Courts
- North Las Vegas Justice Courts
- Laughlin Justice Courts
- Moapa Justice Courts
- Goodsprings Justice Courts
- Boulder City Courts
- Searchlight Justice Courts
- Bunkerville Justice Courts