City Attorney Dave Olsen believes that it is the mission of the City Attorney's Office to provide professional representation to the City of Boulder City on legal matters, both civil and criminal. That mission includes offering timely and effective advice to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and all department heads. Further, it is the mission of the City Attorney's office to provide the citizens of Boulder City with timely and just prosecution of those accused of misdemeanor criminal and traffic violations.
The City Attorney of Boulder City is appointed by the City Council. The duties of the City Attorney include being the legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager, giving legal direction and support to all City departments, and serving as legal consultant to City commissions and boards. The City Attorney also defends and initiates, when necessary, legal actions on behalf of the City of Boulder City. Other duties of the City Attorney include reviewing and drafting opinions, agreements, leases, ordinances, resolutions and other City-related documents. Finally, the City Attorney provides effective and efficient prosecution of all misdemeanor criminal offenses, including domestic violence, driving under the influence, trespassing and all traffic offenses.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. I have a private or personal legal matter I need to discuss with an attorney. May I speak to the City Attorney about these issues?
The City Attorney handles litigation involving the City of Boulder City only. For private matters, consult a private attorney or legal service agency. If you need an attorney but can't afford to pay for one, there are two agencies which may assist you: Clark County Legal Services at (702) 386-1070 or Lawyer Referral Services at (702) 382-0504. In addition, for private legal assistance, contact one of the offices below:
- Neighborhood Justice Center: (702) 455-5855. Mediation and alternate dispute resolution service through Clark County Social Service. Free to the Public. No legal advice provided.
- Lawyer Referral Services: (702) 382-0504. Provides referrals to attorneys who work in a specific area of the law.
- Nevada Legal Services: (702) 386-1070. Private non-profit organization providing legal assistance in specific areas of the law.
- Clark County Pro Bono Project: (702) 382-4090. Non-profit service offering representation through local volunteer attorneys in civil matters only. Eligibility requirements must be met.
- Senior Citizen's Law Project: (702) 229-6596. Non-profit service providing legal counseling and assistance to Clark County residents age 60 and older.
2. I'm having problems with my homeowner's association. Is this something the City Attorney can handle?
The City of Boulder City does not have jurisdiction over homeowner's associations. They are governed by Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 116 (Common Ownership Interest Act). For more information on this statute, you should consult a private attorney or visit the Clark County Las Library at 309 S. Third Street, 4th Floor, Las Vegas, Nevada (corner of 3rd and Bridger). The telephone number for the Law Library is (702) 455-5696. The Nevada Revised Statutes are also maintained at most public libraries in Nevada.
3. How Do I Order Discovery?
Discovery for misdemeanor criminal cases prosecuted by the City of Boulder City can be ordered by sending a written request to the City Attorney's Office. A $5 charge is payable upon request.
4. I have just received a subpoena to appear at trial in Boulder City Municipal Court. What if I am busy that day?
A subpoena is a command by the Court, and your appearance is not optional; it is required. The City Attorney's Office will want to speak to you prior to trial, so it is a good idea to call the City Attorney's Office upon receipt of the subpoena to arrange to speak with the City Attorney or his assistant.
5. I have a question about a felony case.
All felony cases in Clark County are handled by the Clark County District Attorney's Office, at (702) 455-4711.
6. Who do I contact for information about a court date or an outstanding warrant?
Boulder City Municipal Court, at (702) 293-9278.
7. I want to report a crime.
The Boulder City Police Department handles criminal matters, at (702) 293-9224. If it is an emergency, at 9-1-1.
8. I have a question about community service.
When you were ordered by the Boulder City Municipal Court to perform Community Service, you were given instructions, on the day of sentencing, regarding dates and times. For questions, you may contact the Municipal Court at (702) 293-9278.