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. Misdemeanor crimes include but are not limited to Petit Theft, Criminal Mischief, No Valid Driver License, Expired Tag and certain Driving While License Suspended and Driving Under the Influence offenses.
Felonies 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. Felony crimes include but are not limited to Burglary, Grand Theft, Drug Offenses, Sexual Battery and Murder.
The Criminal Division of the Clerk's Office manages court files of all arrestable offenses that occur in Manatee County. Arrestable offenses include charges of No Valid Driver's License to more serious charges of murder and drug offenses. The goal of the Criminal Division is to maintain complete, accurate, and timely documentation of pleadings, court proceedings, and exhibits assuring that documents are prepared for court appearances, records of any and all court proceedings are documented, and criminal judgments are prepared and recorded.
Phone Number: (941) 741-4019
Fax Number: (941) 741-4082
E-mail Michelle Hernandez
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