Florida Criminal Records

What defines a Criminal Record in Florida?

A criminal record is an official document that records an incident involving law enforcement or a violation of the law. These reports also include information on local, county and state jurisdictions, trial courts, courts of appeals, as well as county and state correctional facilities.

Florida’s criminal records are stored online and available to the public or through more official means as a criminal background check. The number of criminal records presented on StateRecords will vary as the sources from which these records are obtained are responsible for their maintenance and their publicity.

These sources offer different levels of transparency, meaning that records that are public may become classified or redacted, and vice versa.

Criminal records in Florida generally include the following subjects.

Florida Arrest Records

An arrest record is an official recording of an incident in which a suspected offender was taken into custody, fined, or questioned by a law enforcement agency associated with a government body. Crimes are sorted into three categories, known as felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. An arrest is when a person is apprehended and deprived of their freedom by a law enforcement agency.
Police officers in Florida, due to the Miranda Rights, are obligated to inform the target of an arrest that they are being arrested, share the reason for the arrest, notify the arrestee of their right to an attorney, and several other important pieces of information pertinent to the arrestee's rights.

Florida Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant is a notification from a judge or magistrate calling for the arrest or apprehension of a person of interest. A warrant may also be used to authorize a law enforcement agency to search a person of interest’s home, dwelling, place of work, or property. In Florida, the police can arrest a person for committing a crime without an arrest warrant. This typically only happens in cases where a person commits a crime in the presence of a law enforcement officer.

Florida Misdemeanors

A misdemeanor is a crime that is considered less severe than a felony, but is serious nonetheless. Like felonies, a misdemeanor charge designed to match the severity of the alleged crime.
While misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies, they are still punishable by imprisonment and fines, and are classified as a first or second degree.
First degree misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanor in Florida, and are typically punishable by up to one year in jail, and fines of up to $1,000. One example of a misdemeanor is property theft values at $100 but less than $300.

Florida Felonies

A felony offense in Florida is a criminal conviction, and is often punishable by serving jail time of one year or more, as well as additional fines and penalties depending on the crime. Judges are given the discretion to serve sentences, which is typically meant to match the sevarity of the crime.
The most serious felonies in Florida include murder in the first degree, which is typically punishable by life in prison, or by the death penalty. A second degree murder charge, in contrast, carries a penalty of a minimum of 10 years in prison (25 if a firearm is used) and a maximum of life in prison.
Felonies in Florida are classified in order of most severe to least as capital felony, life felony, felony in the first degree, felony in the second degree, and felony in the third degree.

Florida Sex Offender Listing

The sex offender registry is a list of people convicted of committing a crime motivated by sexual interests. This registry is public by law, though whether or not a person is obligated to register on this list is at the discretion of the presiding judge during their trial.
A judge may require an offender to register on this list if the crime was sexually motivated, even if the crime itself was not a sex crime.

Florida Serious Traffic Violation

Serious traffic violations typically include instances of willful disregard for public safety, death, serious bodily injury, damage to property, or multiple minor traffic violations. In Florida, a traffic ticket fine may vary depending on which county the offending driver received a citation. In addition to the fine, and accumulating points on the offender’s driving record, other fines and penalties may apply depending on the severity of the crime. The amount of time served imprisoned also varies on the nature of the crime committed.

Florida Conviction Records

A conviction record is a document providing information on an offender who was found guilty, pleaded guilty, or pleaded no contest against criminal charges in a civil, criminal, or military court. Conviction records typically include the name of the person convicted, the sentence they received, the nature of their crime, and other pertinent information involved in the prosecution. A criminal conviction is usually rendered by a jury of peers or a judge in a court of law. A conviction does not include instances where the person convicted was pardoned or one who had their conviction reversed.

Florida Jail and Inmate Records

Jail and inmate records involve information about an offenders current and past inmate status. A person who is in jail or considered an inmate has been deprived of their civil liberties while either awaiting trial, or after being convicted. These people remain on an inmate database that is searchable online. Florida’s Department of Corrections accumulates records on inmates’ names, incarceration dates, expected release dates, convicted offenses, and photos, which can be obtained, though not necessarily directly from the institution itself.

Florida Parole Information

Parole information includes details on the provisional release of a prisoner who agrees to certain restrictions in exchange for freedom from prison or jail. Parole is often offered to any prisoner, except in extreme cases such as treason, impeachment that results in imprisonment, and severe criminal activity. The governor of Florida may issue an executive order to suspend collection of fines and forfeitures and grant reprieves of up to 60 days.
With the approval of two members of their cabinet, the governor may grant full or conditional pardons, restore civil rights, commute punishment, or remit fines and forfeitures for offenses. In cases of treason, the governor may grant reprieves that last from adjournment of a regular session of legislature until the next session. At this session, the legislature may grant the pardon or reprieve, or deny it.

Florida Probation Records

Probation records show when a person receives probation as an alternative to prison. It allows people convicted of a crime in Florida to serve their sentences out of custody, as long as they follow the rules specified at the beginning of their probation by the presiding judge.
Probations is issued in proportion to the crime, meaning that the length and nature of the probation differ from case to case. Probation falls into three categories: minimally supervised, supervised, and intensive. Intensive is a form of very strict probation that has conditions that vary from state to state, but all emphasize punishment and control of the offender within the community.

Florida Juvenile Criminal Records

A juvenile criminal record involves a crime committed by a person legally considered a child or underaged. Juveniles are not considered convicted of an adult crime, but instead are found to be an adjudicated delinquent. These criminal records are often mistakenly believed to be expunged once a person becomes old enough to be tried as an adult, but actually remain unless successfully petitioned to be erased. If a person was found to be an adjudicated delinquent, they do not have acknowledge the crime if asked, unless specifically asked about being an adjudicated delinquent.

Florida History and Accuracy of Criminal Records

The accuracy of the data of criminal records depends on the record keeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction where the record assembles and later digitized. Florida criminal records archives usually tend to go back as far as the 1970s when criminal and arrest data starts to centralize and compile into an organized database much like we use today. Accuracy was more commonly affected by human error in the past, but in the 1990s the quality and accuracy of record keeping improved exponentially due to the computer's arrival, so the information provided on StateRecords.org will vary from person to person.

Florida Megan’s Law

Megan's Law is the term for state laws that create and keep up a sex offender registry, which provides information on registered sex offenders to the public. The first Megan's Law appeared after the rape and murder of 7-year-old New Jersey resident Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived in the girl's own neighborhood. Soon after passage of this first Megan's Law, the federal government requires all states to set up sex offender registries and offer the public with information about those registered. Sexual predators (a higher level of offense) convicted for committing, or attempting to commit, any of the qualifying crimes specified in Florida Statute, and whose date of offense committed on or after October 1, 1993, and where the court has issued an order designation the subject a sexual predator. Sexual offenders convicted for committing, or attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit, any of the qualifying crimes specified in Florida Statute and released on or after October 1, 1997. Juvenile offenders convicted as adults.
Persons required registering in another state or jurisdiction as an offender or predator: Sex Offender Florida Laws.
Juveniles adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2007, for committing, or attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit, any of the qualifying crimes specified in Florida Statute when the juvenile was 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense
Juveniles adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2007, for committing, or attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit, any of the qualifying crimes specified in Florida Statute when the juvenile was 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense
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