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Sarasota County Court

If the criminal case involves a misdemeanor charge, such as: possession of marijuana or petty theft, or involves a criminal traffic charge, such as: driving while license suspended or reckless driving, the case will be heard in the Sarasota County Court. The Florida Constitution establishes a county court in each of Florida's 67 counties. The number of judges in each county court varies with the population and caseload of the county.

In order to check the status of your criminal case you can contact the Sarasota County Clerk of Court at:

Clerk of the Court
2000 Main Street, Suite 102
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 861-7400

(Sarasota County includes these cities: Longboat Key, North Port, Sarasota and Venice)

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

Florida is divided into 20 judicial circuits. If the criminal case involves a felony, such as burglary, possession of cocaine or grand theft, the case will be heard in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

Circuit courts have general trial jurisdiction over matters not assigned by statute to the county courts and also hear appeals from county court cases. Thus, circuit courts are simultaneously the highest trial courts and the lowest appellate courts in Florida's judicial system.

Click here for a link to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. 

State Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida

State attorneys have a semi judicial role. They decision to initiate and prosecute criminal charges. In Sarasota County, The Office of State Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida, processes all criminal cases presented by law enforcement officers who have charged persons with felonies, misdemeanors, traffic crimes like DUI or reckless driving, acts of juvenile delinquency, and some violations of county or municipal ordinances in Sarasota County, Florida.

If you want to learn more about a criminal case you may be able to contact the Sarasota County State Attorney's Office at: 

Office of State Attorney
Criminal Justice Building
2071 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 400
Sarasota, FL 34237-7000
(941) 861-4400