The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over all defendants accused of committing crimes that have been designated by the State Legislation as felonies. A felony is a criminal offense punishable by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary.
Felonies are divided into degrees and have maximum penalties and fines as described below. However, there are many exceptions to the general sentencing rules for defendants convicted of certain felonies or who qualify for certain enchanced penalties based upon prior convictions. Florida Statutes, Chapter 775, contains all criminal penalty laws.
A Capital Felony is punishable by death or life imprisonment without the eligibility for parole.
A Life Felony is punishable by a term of life imprisonment and by a fine not to exceed $15,000.
A First Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 years and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
A Second Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 15 years and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
A Third Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years and by a fine not to exceed $5,000.
Once a court date has been set on a felony case the Clerk's Office cannot change it. If there is a problem you will need to contact your attorney.
Failure To Appear In Court
A warrant may be issued for your arrest and any bond that you have posted may be forfeited when you fail to appear for court. If you are arrested because of a failure to appear warrant you may be held in jail without bond.
Obtaining a Disposition of a Case
Our office cannot provide customers with the outcome or disposition of a case over the phone. To obtain this information you can visit the Clerk's Office, at the address above, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Inactive cases may be filed off site and may require a day or so to obtain the files for viewing. In addition most cases prior to 1990 have been filmed and must be re-created, this may require additional preperation time. You may also obtain this information on the Clerk's website. However, there will be a delay of time in which the disposition will be entered into the Clerk's Case Management System.
Rules of Judicial Administration - PUBLIC ACCESS TO JUDICIAL BRANCH RECORDS, Rule 2.420 (f)(1) - Requests for access to records shall be in writing and shall be directed to the custodian. The request shall provide sufficient specificity to enable the custodian to identify the requested records. Please click here for this form.
Or you can mail in a request for a copy of the judgment and sentence plus $1.00 per page for the copy. You can send your request and payment to the Clerk's Office at the address above. It will take approximately seven to ten working days to process the request. (the average judgment and sentence packet is approximately 6-7 pages, depending on the counts and sentence)
Forms of Payment
If you are mailing your payment, a money order or certified or cashier's check can be accepted, no personal checks can be accepted through the mail or in person.
Marion County has contracted with a collection agency to attempt to collect all outstanding fees, fines, and costs owed to Marion County. The Clerk's Office notifies the collection agency that you have fines outstanding. You will owe an additional 20% of the total amount due. The collection agency will contact you by letter and phone to collect this debt.
Fines Imposed at Sentencing
Generally when someone is sentenced and fines and court costs are imposed they are paid over a term of probation; however, many times the court will make these costs a lien of record especially when the probation has been violated. Being sentenced to a jail or prison term does not cancel the unpaid monetary obligations.
Sealing or Expunging a Record
Please refer to Sealing and Expunging on our website.