Florida’s state and local law enforcement agencies manage and maintain all criminal and arrest records for the state. They are committed to providing public access to these records and for every file requested they charge a $24 fee. They allow people to search online, through the mail for a certified copy (this will take five days), or a regular search through the mail. They provide a link to the proper form right on their website.
Yes, Florida is an open-records state and allows public access to most criminal history information including arrests. Requestors must fill out the proper forms and pay a fee, but records are readily available.
A Florida arrest report will be full of helpful information like name, address, phone, email, gender, race, height, weight, physical description, tattoos, scars, mug shots, and fingerprints. Along with that, there will be arrest details, charges, convictions, dispositions, jail time, bond and bail paid, pleas, the dates of arrest, location and time. Also included will be vehicles that were involved and the arresting officer’s name and agency.
The crime rate has decreased over the past decade in Florida, going from 72,897 crimes in 2006 to 48,361 by 20% lower than it was back in 2006. The largest percentage of violent crimes falls into the Aggravated Assault category, with Revised Rape being the least popular crime in the state.
According to Florida Statute 901.15, a law enforcement officer can arrest someone without a warrant only if they committed a felony or misdemeanor in the presence of the officer. Another way is if a felony was committed and they suspect that person of it. Another circumstance is when there is an outstanding warrant for arrest, but another officer is in possession of it. A police officer can also arrest someone they have probable cause to suspect of committing a felony or misdemeanor. Along with other conditions if an officer suspects someone of domestic or child abuse, they can also arrest them without a warrant.
Arrest warrants are issued to sheriffs in the county where the crime took place. Other law enforcement officers cannot arrest without a warrant, unless in direct pursuit of a criminal or other extenuating circumstance. Private citizens can also make arrests or help officers catch criminals, but they must be witness to the crime or know certainly that the person committed a crime. However, police officers caution citizens to be very careful when making a citizen’s arrest.
Felonies and misdemeanors will stay on someone’s record forever if they do not apply to have them expunged. Offenders have the option of petitioning the court for expungement or sealing of their criminal records. They must go through a qualification process though.
If someone was arrested but never charged or the charges were dropped, or they were found not guilty and had no other criminal charges they can apply to have their records expunged. If they were convicted, they must first comply with a list of regulations and then apply to have the records sealed. Some offenses such as violent, domestic abuse and sexual charges can never be removed. If the person has other convictions, things can get complicated, and the chances may not be as good to get items removed.
For 2017, law enforcement made 711,831 arrests. Of those, adult males committed 488,316 of them, and adult females committed 168,227 of them. Juvenile males committed another 42,635 and young females committed the remainder (12,653). The most significant number of arrests (463,038) were white people, the second largest number were black with 242,158 with the remainder being Indian (1,021) and Asian (5,614). The arrest rate in Florida based on 100,000 residents is 3,475.03.
The popular arrests for 2017 in Florida was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 321,186, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Curfew and Loitering Law Violations arrests - with only 10 crimes a year.
|Arrest Type||Under 18||All ages||Total arrests|
|Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter||43||635||678|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||2,617||8,306||10,923|
|Forgery and Counterfeiting||46||2,040||2,086|
|Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing||184||1,841||2,025|
|Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc.||864||6,306||7,170|
|Prostitution and Commercialized Vice||11||2,468||2,479|
|Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution)||250||3,001||3,251|
|Drug Abuse Violations||5,497||124,487||129,984|
|Driving Under the Influence||96||32,727||32,823|
|All Other Offenses (except traffic)||18,158||303,028||321,186|
|Curfew and Loitering Law Violations||5||5||10|