Criminal Case Dispositionformerly Circuit Criminal Court Records
Criminal Case Disposition is responsible for filing, processing and maintaining
felony cases and misdemeanor charges arising out of the same circumstances as a felony; as well as,
juvenile dependency and delinquency cases. 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.
A felony is the most serious type of crime. According to
federal 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.
If you need inmate information, please visit the Pinellas County Sheriff's website
for more information: Sheriff
The Juvenile Section of the Criminal Case Disposition 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.
Due to the nature of the cases all records are confidential and not available for public view
nor can they be discussed on the telephone. To be eligible to view a case file you must be
connected to the case such as the attorney of record, the legal guardian, etc. You may appear
in person where the file is maintained and request to view the file. Please make sure that you
have an identification card with your photograph available when requesting the file.
Juvenile Delinquency Cases:
A Juvenile Delinquency case is initiated when a minor has committed or is suspected of having committed a crime. The Clerk's Juvenile Delinquency section performs various functions such as processing documents for cases where a child has been charged with committing a crime.
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.
The Juvenile Arbitration Program:
This program is a diversion program for first time
juvenile misdemeanor offenders. The program was developed by and is maintained by the
Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. More information is available, from the Sixth Judicial Circuit
Court website, www.jud6.org.
You may link directly to their
Juvenile Arbitration Program page.
The Sixth Judicial Circuit's Teen Court information.
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Criminal Case Initiationformerly County Criminal Court Records
The Criminal Case Initiation Department is the main office for processing cases and paperwork relating
to traffic citations, misdemeanor violations, county and municipal ordinance violations, boating, fishing
and miscellaneous non-criminal infractions and parking violations. There are twelve municipal law
enforcement agencies in Pinellas County in addition to the Florida Highway Patrol, various state agencies,
and the Sheriff’s Office, which is under contract with twelve municipalities.
If you need inmate information, please visit the Pinellas County Sheriff's website for more information: Sheriff
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 Criminal Case Initiation to be
heard by a judge at the Criminal Justice Center if a public defender is appointed to the case
or if there is a request for a jury trial.
Traffic Court Hearings Information
Parking ticket records are maintained in this department and may be paid or we may receive a request for a hearing, in which case the parking ticket and all available pleadings are scheduled before a magistrate (traffic night court hearing officer).
Parking Ticket Information
*As of January 13, 2009, the Clerk's Office will no longer accept payment for Parking Tickets issued by the cities of Belleair, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach or Tarpon Springs. Parking tickets issued by those cities will need to be paid directly to the municipality that issued them.
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Criminal Court Customer Services 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)
**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.
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.
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.
You may print a copy of the "Affidavit of Indigent Status" by clicking here or pick
up a copy of the form at the following locations:
CRIMINAL COURT RECORDS
PINELLAS COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
14250 49th Street, North
Clearwater, FL 33762
Telephone: (727) 464-7000
NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
Telephone: (727) 464-8700
CLERK'S TYRONE BRANCH OFFICE
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Telephone: (727) 582-7681
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