Felony

Information About Felonies

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A felony is any criminal offense under Florida laws that would be punishable by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary for a period exceeding one (1) year. 

Currently, the Felony Division has three full-time Circuit Judges that hear all Felony cases. Felony cases are set for arraignment after the State Attorney has filed formal charges. A notice will be mailed to the defendant informing them of the date and time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will I know when to come to court?

When formal charges are filed with the Clerk’s Office you will be notified by mail of an arraignment date. If you bonded out of jail, your bondsman will be notified as well. All notices will be sent to the address that was given at the time of arrest.

  • What happens after an arrest on a felony charge and I am released from the Osceola County Jail?

The Clerk’s office receives the initial paperwork from the Osceola County Jail after a felony arrest. The Felony Department prepares the official court file, including the original arrest document as well as any release form.

This information is also forwarded to the Office of the State Attorney. The State Attorney then reviews the case and makes the determination to file or not file formal charges.

  • How will I know when to come to court?

When formal charges are filed with the Clerk’s Office, you will be notified by mail of an arraignment date. If you bonded out of jail, your bondsman will be notified as well. All notices will be sent to the address that was given at the time of arrest.

  • What if I move? (Please also see related Forms below or via the link from the top of this page)

If you move, it is your responsibility to notify the Clerk’s Office in writing. The mailing address is:

Clerk of Circuit Court
Felony Department
2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, FL 34741

  • What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is a hearing where a defendant is advised of the formal charges filed by the State Attorney. At the arraignment, a pre-trial date and possibly a trial date will be set.

  • Can I change my court date after notification?

The Felony Department cannot change your court date. Please contact your attorney to help you with this matter.

  • How do I find out about my case?

To obtain information about your case over the phone, please call (407) 742-3566. To view your file, please click the "Search Records" link above and choose Court Records, or you may click the following link: Search Records.

  • When will the person that posted my cash bond receive their money back?

Once you have appeared for all court hearings and have been sentenced, the depositor will receive a check within 14 business days. Please be advised, pursuant to Section 903.286, Florida Statutes, the Clerk of Court SHALL deduct any court fees, fines and costs from any cash bond posted on or after 07/01/2005. The remainder of the bond would then be mailed back to the depositor.

  • What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?

Failure to appear may result in serious consequences. A felony judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. You may forfeit any bond that you have posted, thus losing money or collateral.

  • Can anyone attend a criminal proceeding?

All felony sessions are public unless certain proceedings are specifically closed by a judge.

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Related Forms & Documents

Bail Bond Registration Form

Bail Bond Agents are required to register with both the Clerk and Sheriff by April 1st of each odd-numbered year in the county in which the agent resides. The agent must be currently licensed and appointed by the department.

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Change of Address Form - Criminal Division

This form is used for persons wanting to change their address with the Clerk's Office Criminal Division.

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Expunge/Seal Record Form

This packet is for persons who have already received a Certificate of eligibility from FDLE and would like to request the court to expunge or seal all criminal history record information in the custody of any criminal justice agency and the official records of the court concerning an arrest. A nonrefundable filing fee of $42.00 in the form of a money order or cashier's check - made payable to The Osceola Clerk of Court - must accompany the petition. The following link provides helpful information on how to obtain your Certificate of Eligibility from FDLE.

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Criminal Records Request Form

This form is used to request a search of Osceola County criminal public records. The fees for this service are outlined on the instruction sheet.

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Related Fees

The Clerk’s Office accepts cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, business checks, Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express card payments only. We do not accept personal checks.

MAKING COPY OF ANY INSTRUMENT IN THE PUBLIC RECORD
$1.00
CERTIFYING COPIES OF ANY INSTRUMENT IN THE PUBLIC RECORD
$2.00
SEARCHES OF RECORDS, FOR EACH YEAR SEARCHED
$2.00
EXEMPLIFIED CERTIFICATES, INCLUDING SIGNING & SEALING
$7.00
FOR SIGNING AND SEALING SUBPOENAS
$2.00
OATH, ADMINISTERING, ATTESTING AND SEALING
$3.50
ISSUING & FILING SUBPOENA FOR A WITNESS
$7.00
ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS
$10.00
APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL INDIGENT STATUS
$50.00
SEALING ANY COURT FILE OR EXPUNGEMENT OF RECORD
$42.00
PREPARING, NUMBERING & INDEXING ORIGINAL RECORD OF APPELLATE PROCEEDINGS
$3.50
APPEAL TO 5TH DCA ($300 MADE PAYABLE TO 5TH DCA, $100 MADE PAYABLE TO CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT)
$400.00
CERTIFIED MAILING OF APPEAL RECORD - (upfront base fee - plus applicable postal rates invoiced upon mail receipt.)
$15.30
APPEAL FROM COUNTY TO CIVIL COURT
$281.00