Felony

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 classified into the following degrees:

Capital Felony is punishable by death or life imprisonment without the eligibility for parole.

Life Felony is punishable by a term of life imprisonment and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

First Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 years and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Second Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 15 years and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Third Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years and by a fine not to exceed $5,000.



Procedural Overview

Court Appearance

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 8:30 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 preparation time so please contact the office prior to your arrival at 352-569-6810.

On March 7, 2002 the Supreme Court amended Rule 2.051 - Rules of Judicial Administration -

PUBLIC ACCESS TO JUDICIAL BRANCH RECORDS, Rule 2.051 (e) (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

Felony Division
215 E McCollum Ave
Bushnell, Florida 33513

It will take approximately seven to ten working days to process the request. The judgment and sentence form 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. Payments made in person can also be paid by Credit Card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Check Cards with the appropriate insignia. Credit Card payments will not be accepted over the phone.

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. The Court may impose a suspended jail term conditioned upon payment of the monetary obligations within a specified time.