The city of Las Vegas and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada are teaming up to ease the burdens for as many as 300 low-income city residents who have minor traffic warrants with the Las Vegas Municipal Court.
Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Las Vegas Municipal Court building at 100 E. Clark Ave., residents who have had their warrant status verified by the ACLU will have their warrants quashed. These individuals will still have to make restitution via fines or community service, but will no longer have outstanding arrest warrants.
The event will focus on minor traffic warrants and will not include DUI or domestic violence warrants.
“We always advocate for reforming the way fines and fees and low-level offenses are treated throughout the state, so we’re really glad to have this opportunity to work with the Las Vegas Municipal Court to quash some warrants," said ACLU of Nevada Executive Director Athar Haseebullah. "Of course, for us, this is mostly about community service and justice, but the timing with the holidays around the corner is really nice too."
Eligible community members must sign up in advance at bit.ly/CLV-Warrants, and the ACLU of Nevada and volunteer attorneys will verify warrant status and income level. Community members must be present at the event at their scheduled time in order to have a warrant quashed.
"The Las Vegas Municipal Court always has a heavy caseload, and we are glad to partner with the ACLU to offer the opportunity to clear some of our minor traffic cases from the docket," Las Vegas Municipal Court Chief Judge Bert Brown said. Las Vegas Municipal Court always has a heavy caseload, and we are glad to partner with the ACLU to offer the opportunity to clear some of our minor traffic cases from the docket," Las Vegas Municipal Court Chief Judge Bert Brown said.