Hey, everyone. I just wanted to share what I think is a typical day in the Las Vegas County Court system.
My day started at 7 AM when my alarm went off. I wanted to get to the court house early so I wouldn't have to wait in a long line. I reached over and turned off the alarm and waited for my friend's alarm to go off at 7:30. So after her alarm goes off, and she hits snooze 3 more times, I finally get up and get in the shower. I leave the house about 8:30. I get in the car and decide not to take the freeway because of the time of morning. It is usually quite packed at that time. I head down Cheyenne to Las Vegas Blvd. (otherwise known as the Strip) and make it downtown in about 15 minutes. Quicker than the freeway, for sure.
I valet my car at The Plaza Hotel and Casino, cheaper than parking on the side streets or the pay by hour parking lots. A lot of people don't take advantage of this service like they should. For a couple of bucks, you could leave your car at one of the hotels for a few days if you'd like. They'll just think you're having a heck of a time and will eventually be back for it.
Ok. I get to the court house about 9:30, as I had to walk a few blocks after valeting the car. No problem. I get through the entrance and immediately have to take off my shoes, belt, sunglasses, and empty my pockets, just like you would at the airport. There have been a few shootings at our court houses here and they aren't taking any chances any more. I go to the Traffic Court waiting area and have to take a number to get my place in line. I am number 246. They have just called number 187. Hmm. Looks like the wait is on. It is now 9:40.
15 minutes pass and they are on number 230. Moving pretty quickly. I start to wonder if I am going to get the same lady that I had the first time I stopped in to get the information that brought me back today. She was quick and efficient. The numbers tick off quickly and wouldn't you know it, I do get that same lady again. I bring up my paper work and ask her what do I need to do and where do I go from here. She informs me I need to go to the lower level to court Room B. Hmm. Didn't know they had a lower level in the building. It was easy to find though. Every thing in this building is clearly marked, which is a good thing.
I make my way to the elevators and make my way to the lower level, stopping to use the rest room on the way, as I had peeked ahead and saw that the line into the court room wasn't that long. Oops. when I stepped out a minute later, it looked like I had stepped into a Walmart returns line. What the heck! Oh, well, I had made it this far. Unfortunately, it seemed like a real Walmart line, complete with mothers with screaming kids, teenagers playing rap music on their I-phones, and the complaints that the line was taking forever.
It was 10:30 before I got to enter the actual court room, handing my paper work to an obviously bored Marshall, who doesn't even glance at the papers he is handed. Not his job, apparently. I take my seat in what looked like church pews from days gone by and look around a bit. The Judge is at his desk and us in the audience (?) are looking at hime through a glass wall, where you can see 6 people sitting about 15 feet from his desk, waiting to be called. Every time a name is called, they step up, he gives them a verdict, fine or traffic school, which can be done online nowadays I guess. Technology is great, isn't it? After 3 people are called up. The Marshall calls 3 more from our cast of waiting people and they enter the room and take the vacant seats. This too is moving quickly. The judge is averaging about 1 plaintiff every 5 minutes.
My turn finally comes and I walk up in front of the Judge. He asks if I have completed the task of getting a Nevada driver's license. I say yes. He asks if I have proof of insurance. (These were my 2 tickets. No valid license and no insurance. Even though I had both at the time.) I say yes again. He thanks me for my time and dismisses both charges. He tells me I am free to go. I say thank you, Your Honor, and exit the court room. Barely 2 hours have passed from the time I entered the Court House. I was thinking it was going to be an all day event. All in all, it was not a bad experience, although it is one I would not want to go through again any time soon.
Well, thanks for reading, and if you take anything away from this, take this. DON'T GET A TICKET IN VEGAS! Have a better one ya'll.