i was actually under BATF jurisdiction for 21 days as they sent me to Lakeside Center for the Mentally disturbed for observation in Sparks.
after they determined that i wasnt a Terrorist (with a name like simon? please...) and that i was'nt a HINKLEY, and that all i wanted to do was a little plinking (which the locals understood all too well) they bumped me back to the Local jurisdiction (Pershing County) to serve out the rest of what would end up being a 60 day sentence, time served, no probo, no parole, class c misdemeanor.
Lakeside is the shits, though.....if you are going to be in for any extended period of time, i highly recommend the crazy route...you get a private room, your own toidy, access to a library, A MENU for the food, which was actually DECENT (i have a taste for institutional food, i LIKE MRE's, and potatos from a box, i dont know why, i just do)
and they have movie night, with popcorn!
not to mention you are no longer a prisoner, you are a "client"...
of course, you do run the big risk of going crazy by proximity.
after a while, i'm sure by absorption of the lunacy surrounding you, some of it's gonna rub off and stick.
but, getting back to my original comment, the BATF sucks ass, and all of my contact with any agents was generally unpleasant, as they are rude as fuck.
but i still like my response in the first couple hours of questioning...
"do you have any drugs?"
"no sir, i used them ALL, i'm certain, i double checked, believe me."
and i had, so i didnt really get hammered on the legal end of things.
i never lied to them, i may have obfuscated a few times, but my best suggestion to anyone caught at burningman for any reason is to be polite, respectful, answer the questions truthfully, but minimally. DONT INCRIMINATE YOURSELF OR OTHERS....shut the hell up if you have any doubts. wait for your lawyer.
and dont make trouble, you'll end up in "CHOLOVILLE", which is where they keep all the mexicans, and trust me, as a white boy, you DONT want to go there...
so there it is sports fans, a guide to the local clinks.
(one other recommendation, i believe that if you arrested in Washoe county (gerlach) you end up going to RENO, and quite frankly, i've heard that's a hell-hole filled with prisoners from across the state, because reno sub-contracts this service to henderson county as well as others)
all in all, best advice is to AVOID CONTACT.
"bigger isnt better, better is better"™........Trilobyte 2013