Okaloosa 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 Okaloosa 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 Okaloosa County Clerk of Court at:Clerk of the CourtCourthouse Annex, 1250 N. Elgin Pkwy. Shalimar, FL 32579(850) 651-7226
(Okaloosa County includes these cities: Destin and Fort Walton Beach)
First 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 First 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 First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
State Attorney of the First
Judicial Circuit of Florida
State attorneys have a semi judicial role. They decision to initiate and prosecute criminal charges. In Okaloosa
County, The Office of State Attorney of the First 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 Okaloosa County, Florida.
If you want to learn more about a criminal case you may be able to contact the Okaloosa County State Attorney's
Office at: Office of State Attorney190 Government CenterPensacola, FL 32501(850) 595-4746