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Criminal cases are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors are under the jurisdiction of County Court. Defendants sentenced for misdemeanor crimes may be fined, put on probation or confined in County Jail for up to one year, or any combination of the above. Felony cases are under the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court. Defendants sentenced for felony crimes may be fined, put on probation or community control, confined in County Jail for up to one year as a condition of probation or community control, confined in a state prison from one year up to life, or any combination of the above. If convicted of a capital crime, the defendant could be sentenced to death. In the near future you will be able to search criminal records in the 12th Judicial Circuit (DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota County) from this website.

Criminal Division Contact Information:
Felony - (863) 993-4876
Misdemeanor - (863) 993-4876

Click here to view Criminal Cases