How To File Charges

 

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Filing a Criminal Complaint at the State Attorney’s Office

A local law enforcement officer should always be contacted when a crime has been committed.  Law enforcement officers are first responders who are specially trained to enforce the law, maintain order and protect citizens.  The State Attorney’s Office is designed to work with all areas of the criminal justice system as an agent that enforces criminal law and seeks justice for victims of crime.

If you were the victim of a misdemeanor crime and sought the assistance of law enforcement, the law in Florida is such that many times an arrest cannot be made unless the offense was committed in the presence of a police officer.  If the police officer is unable to make an arrest, he or she may choose to issue you a State Attorney card (also referred to as a “white card”) that directs you to file a complaint with the State Attorney’s Office.  To file a complaint, you must bring all information provided to you by the police.  An intake specialist will assist you with filing your complaint and will advise you of your options.

If you have been the victim of a felony crime and a suspect was arrested, you will be contacted by the prosecuting attorney. If the suspect was not arrested, but is known, the responding officer must come to the State Attorney’s Office to pursue criminal charges.  Only sworn law enforcement officers can file felony charges.

If you have questions regarding the status of a pending case in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, we may be reached at:

  • Duval County: (904) 630-2400
  • Clay County: (904) 269-6319 or 284-6319
  • Nassau County: (904) 321-5743 or 879-3750

Criminal Complaint Locations

Duval County: Courthouse Annex
220 East Bay Street, 2nd floor
Jacksonville, Florida
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Clay County: Clay County Courthouse
825 North Orange Avenue
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nassau County: Nassau County Courthouse
 76347 Veterans Way
Yulee, Florida
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Filing a Misdemeanor Complaint against a Juvenile

If you or your child are a victim of a misdemeanor juvenile crime and the Sheriff’s Office provided you with a yellow State Attorney referral card, it should be brought to the State Attorney’s Office to file a complaint.

An intake specialist will assist you with filing your complaint and will advise you of your options.  Complaints against juveniles in which a yellow card has not been issued are not accepted at this time.

Filing a Complaint with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

If you or your child are a victim of a misdemeanor juvenile crime and the Sheriff’s Office provided you with a yellow State Attorney referral card, it should be brought to the State Attorney’s Office to file a complaint.

An intake specialist will assist you with filing your complaint and will advise you of your options.  Complaints against juveniles in which a yellow card has not been issued are not accepted at this time.