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.