NOTICE: Information or forms provided by the Clerk of Court should be considered as basic information only and may not be applicable to every situation. The information is not intended to be used as legal advice, but as basic and general information only. It is only a brief statement and does not explain all your options and/or rights. Specific guidance in answering questions about a particular situation should be directed to a qualified attorney.
A felony is a criminal offense which is punishable by imprisonment in a state facility. See Florida Statutes 775.081.
Felonies are classified as
- Capital Felony
- Life Felony
- First Degree Felony
- Second Degree Felony
- Third Degree Felony
General Information on Felony Cases:
The Clerk’s Office receives the initial paperwork (Complaint and First Appearance sheet) from CCA after a felony arrest. The defendant is then first appeared, bond is set and a court date is scheduled for first arraignment.
An arraignment hearing is where the defendant is informed of the charges filed. At this time, the defendant enters a plea and pretrial date will be set.
At a pretrial hearing, the defendant may enter a plea or proceed to a trial docket.
When a defendant is sentenced, court costs and fines may be imposed. If these fees are not paid during the probation period, they become a lien of record. Being sentenced to jail or prison does not cancel the monetary obligation.
The Clerk’s Office cannot change your court date. You will need to contact your attorney in order to have the court date rescheduled. If you fail to appear for your scheduled court date, a warrant may be issued for your arrest and any bond that you posted may be forfeited. If you are arrested on a failure to appear warrant, you may be held in jail without bond.
Obtaining a Disposition of a Case:
To obtain this information you can visit the Clerk’s Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Or you may also obtain this information from the Case Search on the Clerk’s website. However, please be aware that there will be a delay of time in which the disposition will be entered into the Clerk’s Case Management System.
Requests for copies of case records shall be in writing.
- You may mail your request or send your request by fax.
- The average time to process your request is seven (3) to (7) working days.
- The cost for copies is $1.00 per page and $2.00 per certification.
- The Clerk’s Office does not take personal checks.
- You may pay by Money Order, Certified Check or Cashier’s Check.
Information on How to Expunge/Seal Records:
If you have questions regarding your eligibility to have your records sealed or expunged, please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
FDLE will require a completed application for the procedure which should be submitted directly to their office. Cost for such procedure is $75.00 to be paid to FDLE. Upon receipt of your application, FDLE will notify you of your eligibility.
Following notification of eligibility from FDLE, you must then prepare the proper forms required to proceed for court action. Examples of the forms required are available for review on the Clerk’s website. The fee for filing the completed forms with the Clerk’s Office is $42.00.
Locations & Contact Information
Public Defender’s Office
432 Magnolia Ave
Panama City, FL 32401
Probation & Parole
1013 Beck Ave
Panama City, FL 32401