Criminal Dept. Information

Criminal Contact:

    • Kelti Puryear
    • Criminal Department Supervisor
    • Ph: 775.353.7600
    • Fax: 775.352.3004
    • Email

Appearing in Court

Sparks Justice Court holds criminal arraignments for both out of custody and in-custody defendants, Monday thru Thursday at 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Friday, excluding holidays.  Please check in at 7:45 a.m. with a clerk to obtain any documentation you may need for your arraignment.  Once checked in, you will be directed to the correct courtroom by either a clerk or a bailiff. 

If cash bail or a bail bond was posted on your behalf, your court date will be located on the receipt provided by the Washoe County Jail.  If cash bail was posted on your behalf, and you were arrested outside of Washoe County, a court date should have been provided for you on your release paperwork.  If you are unsure of your arraignment date, please contact the court.

If you are appearing at the court for a different type of hearing other than an arraignment, please check in with a bailiff at the bailiff counter.

Attorney Information

Public Defender

During the booking process, you will be interviewed to see if you qualify for a Public Defender from the Washoe County Public Defender's Office.  At the time of your arraignment, the judge will inform you if a Public Defender has been either granted or denied.  To speak to the Public Defender assigned to your case, contact the Washoe County Public Defender's Office at 775.337.4800.

Private Counsel

If you are denied a Public Defender, or wish to obtain an attorney on your own, your attorney will need to file an Authorization to Represent with the court.

Misdemeanor Authorization to Represent

Waiver of Initial Appearance on Felony or Gross Misdemeanor Charges

Bail or Bond

If cash bail was posted, either by you or on your behalf, you or the bail poster will need to retain the receipt provided by the jail.  If you are due a refund, the original bail receipt will need to be submitted to the court, along with a valid form of identification, for release of funds.

Requesting a Continuance

To request a continuance, you will need to appear in person during business hours to speak with a clerk.  Continuances will not be granted over the phone.  There is a fee imposed at the time of the request and it is required to be paid once the continuance has been granted.  The fee for the first continuance is $10.  For the second continuance, and each subsequent continuance, the fee is $25.

Resolving a Warrant

Warrant of Arrest

If a Warrant of Arrest has been issued on your behalf, you will need to self-surrender at the Washoe County Jail which is located at 911 Parr Blvd in Reno.

Failure to Appear or Failure to Comply Warrant

To resolve a warrant for your case, you may choose from the three following options:

      1. Turn yourself in to the Washoe County Jail at 911 Parr Blvd. (Hearing will be set within 48 hours);
      2. Go to the Court Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. or Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon.  Check in with a clerk and ask to appear before a judge;
      3. Post the bail in person at the Court and ask to set a court date.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

If attending AA meetings is part of your sentence, visit the Northern Nevada Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous website at for meeting times and places along with other beneficial information.