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
Okaloosa County Courthouse
101 East James Lee Blvd.  
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