Criminal Courts

What are the different types of Crime?

The Criminal Division handles all types of criminal cases, primarily felony but also misdemeanor and traffic charges.


A felony is any criminal offense that is punishable under Florida laws (or that would be punishable if committed in Florida) by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary.

Felony charges include, but are not limited to:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Burglary
  • Grand Theft
  • Kidnapping
  • Forgery and Uttering
  •  Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Sexual Battery
  • Worthless Checks
  • Felony DUI

Felonies are classified for purposes of sentencing into the following categories:

  • Capital felony
  • Life felony
  • Felony of the first degree
  • Felony of the second degree 
  • Felony of the third degree


Misdemeanors are violations of the law that are less serious than felony offenses. They are punishable by a fine, probation, and/or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, as opposed to a state prison sentence on a felony charge.

Misdemeanor offenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • petit theft
  • worthless checks
  • prostitution-related charges
  • possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia
  • resisting arrest without violence
  • battery (domestic violence)
  • assault

Municipal and County Ordinance violation cases are punishable by a fine or civil penalty.

Criminal Traffic

A Criminal Traffic Offense is a violation that may subject a defendant, upon conviction, to incarceration, fine, and/or loss of driving license. Criminal offenses require a court appearance and can carry penalties including fines/costs, probation, and/or incarceration.

Criminal Traffic Offense include, but are not limited to:

  • no valid driver's license
  • driving while license suspended/revoked
  • reckless driving
  • attaching tag not assigned

A Public Defender MAY be provided if you cannot afford an attorney.  See Indigency

Contact Information


Clerk of the Circuit Court
Court Services Department
Clerk of Court Operations Center
601-B N. Pearl St.
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 689-5000, ext. 4450

Ft. Walton Beach

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Court Services Department
Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension
1940 Lewis Turner Blvd, Suite 1-300
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
(850) 651-7200, ext. 4450