The City of North Las Vegas Municipal Court is located at 2332 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Suite 100, North Las Vegas, NV 89030, at the intersection of Civic Center Dr. The phone number is (702) 633-1130. People can also contact them through an online email form. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Below our Nevada criminal defense attorneys address frequently-asked-questions:
- 1. What cases does North Las Vegas Municipal Court handle?
- 2. What is the status of my case?
- 3. Can my traffic ticket be reduced to a parking violation?
- 4. Can I pay my fines online?
- 5. What if I cannot afford the fine?
- 6. What if I missed my court date?
- 7. Can I post bail at North Las Vegas Municipal Court?
- 8. Where do I park?
- 9. Can I bring my guns to court?
- 10. Can my records be sealed?
- 11. What if I live far from the courthouse?
- 12. Will the judge appoint me a public defender?
North Las Vegas Municipal Court (NLVMC) handles all misdemeanor cases within North Las Vegas’s incorporated city limits.
If the misdemeanor occurred in the city’s unincorporated areas, then North Las Vegas Justice Court has jurisdiction. Justice Court also has jurisdiction over gross misdemeanors and felonies anywhere in the city.
Misdemeanors are the lowest level of Nevada offenses. The maximum penalties are $1,000 in fines and/or six months in jail. Depending on the case, the judge may order defendants to take court education classes like for:
- Traffic School (Level 1 or 2)
- DUI School
- Victim Impact Panel
- Substance Abuse (Alcohol & Other Drugs)
- Petit Larceny
- Anger Management / Impulse Control (Level 1 or 2)
- STD / AIDS Awareness
Nearly all criminal cases settle with a plea bargain. But defendants have the right to a bench trial (not a jury trial). And defendants can appeal trial verdicts to the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Some of the more common misdemeanor offenses in NLVMC are:
- First-time DUI or second-time DUI
- Battery domestic violence (NRS 200.485)
- Petit larceny / shoplifting under $1,200 (NRS 205.240)
- Solicitation of prostitution (NRS 201.354)
- Speeding (NRS 484B.200)
- Trespass (NRS 207.200)
- Disturbing the peace (NRS 203.010)
- Simple battery (NRS 200.481)
People can find their case information online or call (702) 633-1130.
Usually yes, as long as:
- the defendant completes the proper traffic school course, and
- the defendant give the certificate of completion to the court within 5 business days of entering the plea (which defendants can do online)
If the moving violation carries 4 or fewer demerit points, the defendant should do Level 1 Nevada Traffic School. But for traffic violations carrying 5 or more demerit points, then the defendant should do Level 2 Nevada Traffic School. Click here for a list of traffic schools.
Defendants can email their certificates of completion to [email protected].
Note that judges usually dismiss first-time child restraint violation cases upon completion of a family vehicle safety program. Defendants have 60 days to complete the class. Click here for a list of programs.
Usually yes, at this website. NLVMC accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
Defendants can ask the court if they can do community service in place of paying. One hour of work docks $10 from the amount owed. But defendants need to get the court’s permission before doing the community service.
Judges punish missed appearances by issuing a bench warrant for the defendant’s arrest. This means the defendant can be arrested at any time, such as during a traffic stop. And depending on the case, the DMV could suspend the defendant’s driver’s license as well.
People can check if they have a warrant by searching online or calling (702) 633-1130. People who do have an outstanding warrant are advised to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can file a motion to quash (recall) the warrant. And in most cases, an attorney can appear in court without the defendant having to show up.
Yes, people may post bail at NLVMC for inmates at the North Las Vegas Community Correctional Center (NLVCCC), which is adjacent to the courthouse in suite 300. For instructions and acceptable forms of bail, call the clerk at (702) 633-1130 from Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For after hours, call (702) 633-1400 ext. 5710.
To learn if a person is currently incarcerated at the NLVCCC, search online.
There is free parking in front of the courthouse. But make sure to arrive early to find a spot in time for an appearance before a judge.
No. Do not bring any weapons. Everyone who enters the courthouse must go through security and a metal detector.
Yes. If the case gets dismissed, defendants can petition for a seal right away. If the case ends with a conviction, the defendant has to wait.
|Nevada misdemeanor conviction||Record sealing waiting period|
|Most misdemeanors||1 year after the case closes|
|Battery, harassment (NRS 200.571), stalking (NRS 200.575), or violation of a protection order (NRS 33.100)||2 years after the case closes|
|DUI and battery domestic violence||7 years after the case closes|
Defendants are advised to hire an attorney for the record seal process, which is time-consuming and requires confusing paperwork.
Judges understand that many defendants in criminal cases are tourists or other people who live out-of-state. As long as these defendants hire a local attorney to appear on their behalf, they should not ever have to travel to court.
Note that if the case goes to trial, the defendant must be present. And in certain cases that have gone into warrant, the judge may require the defendant appear in court before quashing the warrant.
Defendants will be appointed a public defender only if they cannot afford their own attorney and the prosecutor is seeking a jail sentence. In most traffic cases, prosecutors are not seeking any jail time.
It is always advised that defendants hire private counsel. They may be able to get charges substantially reduced or even dismissed. Many offer payment plans and reduced rates. And by having a private attorney, defendants never have to appear in court themselves (in most cases).
- North Las Vegas Municipal Court website
- NLV Community Corrections Center
- North Las Vegas Municipal Code
- NLV City Attorney
- Information for Victims of Domestic Violence