Criminal Court

The Criminal Division handles all types of criminal cases which include but is not limited to felony, misdemeanor and traffic charges.


A felony is a criminal offense that is punishable under Florida laws (or that would be punishable if committed in Florida) by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary.

Felony charges include, but are not limited to:
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Burglary
  • Forgery and Uttering
  • Grand Theft
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Sexual Battery

Felony Classification

Felonies are classified for purposes of sentencing into the following categories:
  1. Capital Felony
  2. Felony of the First Degree
  3. Felony of the Second Degree
  4. Felony of the Third Degree
  5. Life Felony


Misdemeanors are violations of the law that are less serious than felony offenses.  They are punishable by a fine, probation, and/or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year.  Misdemeanor offenses include:

    Battery (Domestic Violence)
    Petit Theft
    Possession of Marijuana and Marijuana Paraphernalia
    Prostitution Related charges
    Resisting Arrest Without Violence
    Worthless Checks

Ordinance violation cases are punishable by a fine or a civil penalty.