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Criminal, Juvenile & Traffic Case Information


 

Criminal Court Information and Services

Criminal Cases:

To look up your future court case records or appearance dates, navigate to Court Records (select the Court Calendar option for hearing date information).

Felony Cases:

A felony is the most serious type of crime. According to Florida law, for an offense to be a felony it must have a possible sentence of more than one year. The definition of a felony may be slightly different in each state. When asked to identify a felony one usually thinks of drug related crimes, murder, sex related crimes, armed robbery and other types of violent crimes.

Misdemeanors, Criminal Traffic:

Misdemeanors and most criminal traffic cases are handled in county court. In County Court, first degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1000.00 fine. Second degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500.00 fine.

If you need inmate information, please visit the Pinellas County Sheriff's website for more information.

Check here for a list of Victim's Rights

Criminal Court Customer Services:

Criminal Court Records is responsible for filing, processing and maintaining felony, misdemeanor and other types of charges, as well as juvenile dependency and delinquency, traffic, ordinance violations and non-criminal payable infractions. Circuit Criminal handles cases that are appealed to the Circuit Court, the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Lakeland and the Florida Supreme Court. For more information on Criminal and Traffic Court Records Appeals, click here.

This department also takes appropriate action when the Court approves a petition to seal or expunge a case file.

Payment Plans, Public Defender Applications

The main functions of the Criminal Court Customer Services Department is to assist the public, the State Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, Salvation Army Probation officers, Department of Correction Probation Officers, and Private Attorney's for Misdemeanor, Traffic, Felony, Juvenile, Domestic Violence, Payment Plans* and Public Defender Appointments**.

*Financial Obligation Agreement (Payment Plan):

Beginning July 01, 2004, the Clerk of the Court began accepting payments for any court ordered fines/costs and filing fees in accordance with the terms of an established payment plan pursuant to s. 28.246 Florida Statutes, except if the fines/costs are a condition of probation, this service requires payment of a one-time fee of $25.00 pursuant to s. 28.24(26) (b) (c) Florida Statutes.

**Public Defender Appointment:

Beginning July 01, 2004, the Clerk of the Court began determining if a person applying for appointment of a Public Defender, private attorney, or any other due process service is indigent pursuant to s. 27.52 Florida Statutes. The Clerk’s determination of indigent status is a ministerial act based on information provided by the Defendant on a form developed by the Supreme Court. The Court can make a provisional appointment of the Public Defender, private attorney, or any other due process services on an interim basis, pending the Clerk’s determination of indigent status. The Affidavit of Indigent Status must be filed with the Clerk’s Office even if a provisional appointment has been made.

The provision of a Public Defender or court-appointed Attorney is not free. An application fee of $50 will be assessed whether the Public Defender is appointed or not, pursuant to s. 27.52 Florida Statutes. The Clerk’s Office may allow up to 7 days to pay this fee. If the fee is not paid within the 7 days, it will be added to any costs that may be assessed at the conclusion of the case.

To request a Public Defender appointed to your case, you will need to complete an "Affidavit of Indigent Status" and pay the $50 application fee. 

You may print a copy of the "Affidavit of Indigent Status"  or pick up a copy of the form at the following locations:

Pinellas County Justice Center
14250 49th Street, North
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: (727) 464-7000

North County Branch 
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
Phone: (727) 464-8700

Tyrone Branch 
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 582-7681

Juvenile Court

The Juvenile Section of the Criminal Court Records Department manages case files for both juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. The Juvenile Section works in conjunction with the Unified Family Court by scheduling court hearings, processing documents and maintaining the case files.

Juvenile Delinquency Cases:

A Juvenile Delinquency case is a violation of law or a delinquent act which would be a misdemeanor or a felony, or a violation of a county or municipal ordinance which would be punishable by incarceration if the violation were committed by an adult. Our office manages case files for both juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. All Juvenile Delinquency cases are confidential and are available only to attorneys, court staff or parties to the case. Due to the nature of the cases, they cannot be discussed on the telephone. You may appear in person where the electronic file is maintained and request to view specific documents. Please make sure that you have an identification card with your photograph available when requesting the file.

Juvenile Dependency Cases:

A Juvenile Dependency case is initiated when it is suspected a child is the victim of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Juvenile Dependency cases may also include other types of cases such as emancipation cases and truancy violations. The Clerk's Juvenile Dependency section is responsible for processing various types of documents and maintaining records for children who need help from the court system.

Juvenile Arbitration Program:

This program is a diversion program for first time juvenile misdemeanor offenders. The program was developed, and is maintained, by the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. More information is available, from the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court website.

You may link directly to their Juvenile Arbitration Program page
The Sixth Judicial Circuit's Teen Court information.

Criminal Traffic Court Cases:

A CRIMINAL TRAFFIC CHARGE is a charge, such as Driving Under the Influence, which requires a court appearance as it carries with it criminal penalties which may include fines and costs, probation and/or the possibility of a jail term. Payment of the ticket cannot be automatically made to the Clerk's office. Persons charged with a criminal offense will have a court date shown on their traffic ticket and must appear in court.

Many traffic cases requiring Court appearances are transferred to the North County or Tyrone Branch Office depending upon where the offense occurred. The case will be transferred back to Pinellas County Justice Center to be heard by a judge if a public defender is appointed to the case or if there is a request for a jury trial.

Check in at our Traffic Information page for detailed information on traffic infraction (non criminal violations) payment, deadlines and other options.

Check here for Traffic Court Hearings Information

Traffic Court hearings are held at the following locations.  Check your most recent notice of hearing or the original citation for the date, time and location:

Pinellas County Justice Center
14250 49th St. N.
Clearwater, FL 33762

North County Branch
29582 U.S. 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33761

Tyrone Branch 
1800 66th St. N.
St Petersburg, FL 33710

Criminal and Traffic Court Records Appeals

An appeal of a lower court decision is a legal process by which a higher court is asked to review the trial court's record and rule on the legal issues raised by the appellant, the person filing the appeal. All other parties in the case are the appellees.

Any party to the case may file an appeal. A Criminal case appeal, 9.140 (Traffic, County Criminal, Circuit Criminal, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency), must follow the Florida Rules of Court Appellate Rule 9.200 for the Record, 9.210 for the brief and 9.900 for the forms.

Traffic and County Court cases are appealed to the Circuit Appellate Court. Circuit Court and Juvenile Dependency or Juvenile Delinquency cases are appealed to the 2nd District Court of Appeals.

The Florida Bar Pro Se handbook also contains helpful information for doing your own appeal. 

Note: The appeals process does not stay the disposition of the lower court including fine/costs due.

Requirements to File an Appeal

A Notice of Appeal must be filed with the Clerk within 30 days from the date the judgment or order being appealed is filed with the Clerk and must be in the form prescribed by Florida Rules of Court, Appellate Procedures, found in Rule 9.900.

The following is also required to be filed at the same time with the Notice of Appeal:

County Court and Traffic cases:

  • Original Notice of Appeal.
  • Fees made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court:**
  • Filing Fee of $281.00
  • **Additional Records Preparation cost may apply.

Circuit Criminal and Juvenile Dependency or Delinquency cases:

  • Original Notice of Appeal.
  • Dependency Appeals require an Order attached. 
  • Filing Fees:
    • There is no Filing Fee for Dependency or Delinquency Appeal
    • Filing Fee for Circuit Criminal in the form of a check or money order payable to the 2nd District Court of Appeals (This fee is mailed directly to the 2nd DCA once a case number has been created) in the amount of $300.00

The following fees are payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court:

  • Filing Fee of $100.00.
  • Per page fee for copying notice of appeal (including any attachment pages submitted). $1.00 per page
  • Certification of copy fee (for the Notice of Appeal for Appellate Court). $2.00 for the Appeal.
  • **Additional Record Preparation cost may apply.

**Please note: The appellant will also be billed a service charge upon preparation of the Record on Appeal as follows:

Fees per instrument, per page, per certification and for postage. Failure to pay these fees may result in a dismissal of your appeal.

The Clerk will not prepare a record on a non final order unless directed by the Court to do so.

Directions to the Clerk, stating which documents are desired to be included in the Record of Appeal, must be filed within 10 days after the filing of the Notice of Appeal or Appellate Rules 9.200 will be followed when preparing the Record.

There are no hearings in the Appellate Division. All cases are reviewed through the filing of briefs as per Florida Rule of Appellate Procedures 9.210.

If appealing a Circuit Criminal or Juvenile case, please submit briefs directly to the 2nd District Court of Appeals, PO Box 327, Lakeland, FL 33802-0327.

If appealing a Small Claims or County Civil case, please review our Civil Court Records Appeals page.

Other Appeals Filed in Criminal Court

Writs of Certiorari, Writs of Mandamus, and Writs of Prohibition should be filed with the 2nd DCA with exception of Traffic and County Criminal Cases.

  • These are orders appealed from County, or State Divisions
  • The Circuit Court of Appeal reviews these appeals prescribed by Florida Rules of Court 9.030
  • Filing Fee: $400.00.

Where to file and/or get more information:

Questions regarding Criminal, Juvenile or Traffic appeals contact: 
Criminal Court Records 
14250 49th Street North 
Clearwater, FL 33762 
(727) 464-7000 

Questions regarding Civil case appeals contact: 
Civil Court Records 
315 Court Street, Room 170 
Clearwater, FL 33756 
(727) 464-7000 

Questions regarding Probate case appeals contact: 
Probate Court Records 
315 Court Street, Room 106 
Clearwater, FL 33756 
(727) 464-3321 

Links

2nd District Court of Appeals

Florida Rules of Appellate Procedures (192 page PDF document)

Victims Rights Information


VICTIMS HAVE RIGHTS AS IDENTIFIED IN CHAPTER 960, FLORIDA STATUTES


Being a victim or a witness to a crime is often the first experience a person has with the criminal justice system. Knowing their guaranteed rights and knowing there is available assistance for the emotional, physical and financial crises often resulting from a crime will make the experience a little less traumatic.

The guaranteed rights of a victim of a crime or the next of kin of a homicide victim are:

THE RIGHT to be present, the right to be informed, and the right to be heard, when relevant, at all crucial stages of the criminal and juvenile justice system to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.

THE RIGHT to be free from threats, intimidation, or harassment and the right to information concerning the steps available to law enforcement and the State Attorney's Office to protect victims. It is against the law to cause a victim/witness to be placed in fear by force or threats, to make an assault on, or harm any victim/witness. If you are being threatened or intimidated, please contact the police.

THE RIGHT to be notified when an offender escapes or is released from a state correctional facility, county jail, juvenile detention facility or involuntary commitment facility.

THE RIGHT to restitution (payment for financial loss as a result of a crime) from the offender for certain expenses and information from the State Attorney if and when restitution is ordered.

THE RIGHT to request assistance from Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office to inform the victim's creditors and employer about serious financial hardship or necessary absences from work as a result of the crime.

THE RIGHT to a prompt, timely disposition of the court case, as long as this right does not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.

THE RIGHT to receive advance notification, when possible, of judicial proceedings and notification of scheduling changes.

THE RIGHT to be consulted by the State Attorney's Office in certain felony cases in orde to obtain the victim or victims' family's views about the disposition of any criminal or juvenile case.

THE RIGHT to be accompanied by a Victim Advocate during any deposition of the victim. (Victims who are not incarcerated are not required to attend discovery depositions in any correctional facility).

THE RIGHT to review certain portions of a pre-sentence investigation report for an adult and/or youthful offender prior to the sentencing of the accused.

THE RIGHT to make an oral or written victim impact statement to the court prior to sentencing of the offender who pleads guilty, nolo contendere or who is convicted of a felony crime.

THE RIGHT to the prompt return of property collected by law enforcement or the State Attorney's Office for evidentiary purposes following the completion of the investigation and/or prosecution of the case unless there is a compelling law enforcement need to retain the property.

THE RIGHT to seek crimes compensation and restitution.

THE RIGHT to have their rights as outlined on this webpage enforced through the State Attorney's Office.

THE RIGHT to request, in certain sexual offense cases, HIV testing and to know at the earliest convenience, if the person charged with an offense involving the transmission of body fluids has tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

THE RIGHT, in certain circumstances, to request that the offender be required to attend a different school than the victim or siblings.

THE RIGHT, if you are a victim of domestic violence to be informed of the Address Confidentiality Program administered by the Office of the Attorney General. Please contact 1(800)226-6667 for further information.

THE RIGHT, if you are a victim in jail, to be informed and submit written statements at all crucial stages of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

The victim or the next of kin of a homicide victim is obligated by Chapter 960, Florida Statutes unless necessary in pursuit of legal remedies, to not release any information in a case involving a juvenile.
 
The victim, next of kin of a victim, or relative of a minor victim must receive advance notification of judicial and post proceedings relating to the case including the arrest, release, work release, or release to community control of the accused, and proceedings in the prosecution of the accused.
 
The victim or next of kin of a victim cannot be excluded from any portion of a hearing, trial or proceeding based solely on the fact that such person is subpoenaed to testify, unless the court determines their presence is prejudicial.


ARE VICTIMS ELIGIBLE FOR VICTIM COMPENSATION?

It depends. The victims or relatives of deceased victims may be eligible for financial assistance from the State of Florida. If determined to be eligible by the Office of the Attorney General, assistance may be available for medical/dental expenses, burial expenses, lost wages, relocation money for domestic violence victims and mental health counseling. For more information, call the Office of the Attorney General at 1(850) 414-3300 or 1(800) 226-6667.


IS VICTIM INFORMATION PART OF THE PUBLIC RECORD?

Section 119.07, Florida Statutes, prohibits any information which reveals the identity, home or employment telephone number, address, or personal assets of a victim of a crime, a victim of sexual battery, aggravated child abuse, aggravated stalking, harassment, aggravated battery, or domestic violence from being available for public inspection. For additional and more detailed information, contact the State Attorney's Office at (727) 464-6090 for their booklet on Victims Rights.

Services Available Phone Number
Emergencies 911
Helpline (Information & Referral) 211
Victim Advocacy:
CASA, St. Petersburg (727) 895-4912
The Haven of RCS, Domestic Violence Center, Clearwater (727) 442-4128
Attorney General's Office (850) 414-3300
Florida Abuse Registry (Elderly and Children) (800) 962-2873
Gulfcoast Legal Services (727) 443-0657
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller (727) 464-4933
Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service (800) 342-8011
Pinellas County Jail (727) 582-6465
State Attorney's Office Victim Witness Division (727) 464-6090
State Attorney's Office Domestic Violence Division (727) 464-6013
Guardian Ad Litem (727) 464-6528
SAFE (Rape Crisis) (727) 535-9811
Florida Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 500-1119