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About Florida Criminal Record Searches

Florida Criminal Records Broken Down:
All the information listed below are detailed descriptions of the types of records accessible on this site. Open Public Records has broken down each type of conviction to help get a better understanding of what you are searching for. This includes general information on common convictions, specific information relating to the state sought, as well as links to government official sites for further information to ensure the most accurate data is provided.

Florida Arrest Records and Police Records:
An arrest record is a record of the suspicion of a person with or without a conviction. Police arrest records are a list of all arrest circumstances of anyone suspected of doing something against the law. In Florida, an arrest record is composed of information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). An arrest record in Florida is just one part of the information that can be found in a person's individual criminal record.

Florida Arrest Warrants:
An arrest warrant is an official document given by an authority, from a specific state, which empowers police officials to show legal documentation in order to arrest an individual. In Florida it is legal for an offender who has a warrant, to be arrested outside of Florida by local police and detained on-site in a local jail until they can be transferred back to Florida.

Florida's Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony:
A misdemeanor is a minor offense, considered less severe than a felony. Like a felony, a misdemeanor charge is placed into a number based, legal system which then gets filed under a person's record, describing the severity of the alleged crime. This type of crime is usually punished by a fine and sometimes a small jail sentence. A felony will often stay on a criminal record, permanently, and can even be the result of a loss of civil rights. In the state of Florida, a misdemeanor of the first degree is the most serious and may result in one year incarcerated and fines of $1000. A second-degree misdemeanor is the least serious in Florida, with a possible sentence of up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines. Capital and life felonies are considered the most severe crimes in Florida, which are punishable by the death penalty. Then there are felonies of the first, second, and third degree, with first degree being the more severe and the third, the least critical of the three degrees.

Florida Sex Offender Registry:
Persons who were convicted of committing crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, sodomy, sexual harassment and pornography production or distribution, are placed in a registry as a sex offender. Persons on the registered sex offenders list are required by law to alert the neighborhood authorities of their current address of where they reside, in order for the information to be public knowledge. Every person in Florida registered as a sex offender is required by law to report to their local sheriffs' office and provide information such as their name, social security number, fingerprints and more.

Florida Serious Traffic Offenses:
These traffic violations can involve reckless driving behavior, willful disregard for public safety, driving under the influence of substances, driving without a valid drivers license, not stopping at the scene of an accident, driving without insurance, and a hit and run. Many of the violations involve the driver to be taken into custody and required to post a bail bond, just like other non-traffic crimes. In Florida, major traffic violations may result in harsh punishments such as the immediate suspension of a driver's license, and hefty fines.

Florida Conviction Records:
Conviction records are records of past and current criminal histories on individuals, stored by legal agencies. Generally, these records document why the person was arrested, when they were arrested, the date of the conviction, what it was for and the sentence imposed.

Florida Jail and Inmate Records:
These records include details of any current or past jail time, a detailed list of any offenses the inmate was convicted of(also known as a "rap sheet"), the sentence they received, and where they served time for the crime. When locating the correct inmate, you will need to know the inmate's full name, state they are located, and their inmate correctional number. An inmate correctional number is an ID given to each inmate and is crucial to finding the correct inmate record. By contacting the Florida Department of Corrections website, you are able to access offender databases and searches http://www.dc.state.fl.us/OffenderSearch/Search.aspx.

Florida Parole and Probation Information/Records:
When someone is released on parole, he or she are allowed to serve the remainder of his or her time sentenced outside of jail in the community, under supervision, while probation is also supervised, this occurs before and as an alternative to jail or prison time. As long as the offender complies with probation conditions, they are allowed to serve their sentence out of custody. In Florida, probation focus is on the offenders' personal accountability and responsibility, while parole requires a convict to spend at least 85 percent of his or her sentence incarcerated before even being considered to qualify for parole.

Florida Juvenile Criminal Records:
Juveniles, who are children and adolescents convicted of a crime, are found to be labeled as an "adjudicated delinquent." This means they are not convicted the same way an adult would be, yet still have a criminal record. After becoming an adult these records can be expunged but, are not automatically erased, which is commonly mistaken. Juvenile records can be deleted if the person petitions to have them expunged. Florida Law allows for parental liability, in which the parent/guardian of the the minor can pay compensation to the victim of a juvenile crime up to $2,500.

Florida Expunging Records:
When an expungement order is put in place, all records with information about dates of arrest and conviction must be destroyed entirely by state agencies. Florida has updated their Computerized Criminal History System to create electronic applications for the seal and expunge processes: https://web.fdle.state.fl.us/intakeweb/formrenderer.xhtml?pageId=se

Florida Drug Crimes/Records:
Any crime related to drug distribution, use, possession or production of certain controlled substances is considered to be a drug crime. In the state of Florida, possession of most controlled substances, with the exception of medical use for marijuana prescribed by a doctor, may result in a felony charge.

Florida Employer Rights to Check Criminal Records:
In the state of Florida, all criminal records are accessible by employees. However, it is illegal to deny employment based on this information unless the job is specific to the crime in which they committed.

Florida Criminal Records Filings

  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Southern District of Florida
    Case Number:0:18-cr-60299-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Middle District of Florida
    Case Number:8:18-cr-00479-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Middle District of Florida
    Case Number:6:18-cr-00260-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Southern District of Florida
    Case Number:9:18-cr-80218-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Southern District of Florida
    Case Number:0:18-cr-60306-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov
  • Court Name:U.S. Criminal Court Records for the Middle District of Florida
    Case Number:8:18-cr-00488-1
    Party Name:
    Date Published:November 16, 2018
    Source:uscourts.gov

Questions, Answers and Comments About Florida Criminal Records

  • Question: Are suicide police reports public record
    By She
    Aug 17, 2017
    Reply:

    There are several factors which affect whether you can obtain official police reports of suicides. Was the report of an attempt or is the person deceased? Is the case currently under investigation? Police reports are generally public record unless they've been sealed or still under an ongoing investigation. When a public record is denied, you will get a reply stating the reason for the request being turned down.

    By terry
    Nov 08, 2017
  • Question: How can I get arrest records from 1985
    By karl
    Oct 11, 2016
    Reply:

    A majority of arrests are at the county or city level, from local law enforcement. Having a case number is helpful. You can find records of arrests using many free sources online, you will need to dig up some of them. Official police reports are different, they are requested from the department which made the arrest. Sometimes requested by defense attorneys for their case. Records of arrest, which means any recorded information in regard to an arrest, can be found in different sources. You can pull up a case from an earlier time and see specifics about the prosecution, filed charges and more. Periodicals have archived reports also and they report on arrests. Without knowing where the arrest happened, specific sources can't be suggested.

    By adm
    Oct 12, 2016
    Reply:

    The FL department of corrections has a free public search that shows photos of the prisoners. A name search can be conducted, there are many offenders listed there and worth checking. You can see a list of their offenses going back many years showing arrests/offenses and dates.

    By tory
    Oct 12, 2016
  • Question: How can I find someone arrested for home invation in 2002\2003
    By Jess
    Sep 17, 2016
    Reply:

    If it's a county crime, then the arrest would be by the department that patrols that particular area. If there's an incident report made out the responding department's site will tell you how to request them, you can sometimes get them online.

    By aatj
    Sep 21, 2016
  • Question: How can I find someone arrested in 2008-2009 in miami dade with only there first name
    By anonymous
    May 29, 2016
    Reply:

    Address searches show family and spouse's names. If you know any of those, or even a roommate, a thorough address search will show other residents living at that address. Or just do a reverse address search and get resident information. There are many possibilities, depends on how much you already know. If you know where parents, any relatives, spouse, former spouse, roommates and friends reside, you can then run an address search and see residents' last names. Hard to say without knowing all the facts, details, how much is known about the arrest and where did the information about the arrest come from?

    By jtomas
    Jun 14, 2016
  • Question: How can my daughter recover records of her child case back in 2009 when her boyfriend went to jail for child abuse after breaking their sons femur bone and now he wants unsupervised custody now 6 1/2 yrs later now
    By Jenna
    Jan 30, 2016
    Reply:

    Contact the clerk of court in the county where the accident occured and the bf was found guilty

    By Welcome
    Mar 01, 2016
  • Question: Do I have any DUIs?
    By James
    Feb 09, 2016
    Reply:

    There are a few ways to look up a DUI, specially if you know where to look. If the arrest went to trial, the records department/clerk's office for that court should have the filing. You may even be able to request them online from the court's webpages.

    By alex
    Feb 09, 2016
  • Question: How do I get my criminal records
    By irma
    Jan 27, 2016
    Reply:

    You can either do the check yourself or have the fdle (the Florida Department of Law Enforcement) do it for you by simply requesting it online. Or you can look up court records can see other information such as lawsuits, judgments and more. If the charges are recent, you can check with the police department's website for their inmate/in custody lists. If it is going to trial soon, the criminal court calendar is another free search you can do. Both of these last ones are pre conviction, so it would probably not show up on the fdle's criminal records search.

    By al
    Jan 27, 2016

Florida Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Hicks, Cataurus
    BookDate: 03/29/2017
    Charge1: BENCH WARRANT
    Location 1: NE 125TH ST, 6, 3316 403
    MIAMI, FL 33161
    (25.890066, -80.190844)
    More
    November 18, 2018
    Source: miamidade.gov
  • Espinosa, Graciano Verdecia
    BookDate: 01/18/2017
    ChargeCode1: 81201403A
    Charge1: PETIT THEFT
    More
    November 18, 2018
    Source: miamidade.gov
  • Celestin, Guy Robert
    BookDate: 11/16/2018
    ChargeCode1: 7840450
    Charge1: BATTERY/AGGRAVATED
    More
    November 18, 2018
    Source: miamidade.gov
  • Wiggan, Malik Matthew
    BookDate: 02/24/2016
    Charge1: BENCH WARRANT
    Location 1: SW 224TH LN
    MIAMI, FL 33170
    (25.558342, -80.368452)
    More
    November 18, 2018
    Source: miamidade.gov
  • Durham, Jody Leon
    BookDate: 01/18/2016
    ChargeCode1: 81002003C
    Charge1: BURGLARY/OCC/STRUCT
    More
    November 18, 2018
    Source: miamidade.gov

Florida Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Florida Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Florida Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/18/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    107,521
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    1,149
  • Rape:
    8,563
  • Robbery:
    24,914
  • Aggravated Assault:
    72,895
  • Total Property Crime:
    679,446
  • Burglary:
    143,220
  • Larceny Theft:
    493,647
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    42,579
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