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Hillsborough County Criminal Defense: Tampa and Plant City, FL

The Law Office of Chris Beardslee has its primary office location in Tampa, FL; the heart of Hillsborough County. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense in Hillsborough County, our office has the experience and resources to defend your needs.

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Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer for Hillsborough County, FL

Attorney Chris Beardslee is an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer for Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay area. He is dedicated to not only providing the best legal advice and defense for your case, but also to making sure that you are informed about the process and your legal options along the way.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your case or any current charges, our office is happy to help.


Hillsborough County Court Information

Information for the Hillsborough County Criminal Courts in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida:

Tampa Courthouse

Edgecomb Courthouse

800 E. Twiggs St.

Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: (813) 276-8100

Plant City Courthouse

Plant City Courthouse

301 N. Michigan Ave

Plant City, FL 33563

Phone: (813) 757-3918

Courtroom Locations

The Courtroom layout can be pretty confusing for non-local attorneys or people coming into the Court system for the first time. The various Courtrooms are located at:

Tampa Courtrooms

  • Edgecomb Courthouse
    • 35 courtrooms, primarily Civil Court rooms for Injunctions, Personal Injury, Family Law, etc.
  • Annex Building (Criminal Courthouse Annex)
    • 31 courtrooms, primarily Criminal Court rooms
    • Located across the street from the Edgecomb Courthouse
    • Entered via a skybridge that crosses from the Edgecomb Courthouse building over to the Annex
  • 419 Pierce (Civil Traffic Court)
    • 1 courtroom for Traffic Court cases, located across the street at 419 N. Pierce Street
    • This is also the location for the 13th Circuit Office of the State Attorney.

Plant City Courtrooms

  • Plant City Courthouse
    • 4 courtrooms for civil, traffic, and misdemeanor cases
    • Cases assigned to Plant City are primarily those that have geographical proximity to Plant City given the size of Hillsborough County.

County Court Judges in Hillsborough County, FL

There are nine criminal divisions of the County Court of Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for Hillsborough County, Florida. Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F (domestic violence), G, and O (first appearance) are based in Tampa. East County Divisions P and X are based in Plant City.

The County Court Judges for those Divisions are listed below along with links to their pages in the Hillsborough County Judicial Directory. There you can find more information about any Procedures, Preferences, Forms, etc., that are made available.

Tampa County Criminal Divisions and Judges

If you are charged with a misdemeanor or traffic crime in Tampa, with the exception of first appearance and domestic violence cases, your case will be assigned to a particular division and judge based on the first letter of your last name.

Tampa County Criminal DivisionJudgeFirst Letter of Defendant’s Last Name
Division AThe Honorable Cynthia S. OsterA, G, O, S, U
Division BThe Honorable Margaret R. TaylorB, F, I, P, Q, Z
Division CThe Honorable Scott A. FarrD, E, M, N, V, X, Y
Division DThe Honorable Paul T. JeskeC, K, R, T
Division EThe Honorable John N. ConradH, J, L, W
Division F (Domestic Violence)The Honorable Jeffrey M. RichAll Domestic Violence
Division O (First Appearance)The Honorable Catherine M. CatlinAll First Appearance
Tampa County Criminal Division Assignment (Thirteenth Judicial Circuit – Hillsborough County)

East County Criminal Divisions (Plant City) and Judges

The clerk will assign all misdemeanor offenses (including domestic violence cases) and criminal traffic offenses in which the offense occurred within the East Division boundaries to East County Criminal Divisions “P” or “X” based on the first letter of the defendant’s last name.

East County Criminal DivisionJudgeFirst Letter of Defendant’s Last Name
Division PThe Honorable Monique M. ScottA, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L
Division XThe Honorable Richard A. WeisM, N, O, P Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
East County Criminal Division Assignment (Thirteenth Judicial Circuit – Hillsborough County)

Circuit Court Judges in Hillsborough County, FL

If you are charged with a felony crime in Tampa (Hillsborough County), your case will be assigned to a Circuit Criminal Division and Judge. The Circuit Criminal Divisions of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for Hillsborough County are Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, J (Post Conviction Relief), K (Violation of Probation), M (Mental Health), O (First Appearance/Emergency), V (Veterans Treatment Court), and Trial Divisions 1, 2, and 3.

The Circuit Court Judges for those Divisions are listed below along with links to their pages in the Hillsborough County Judicial Directory. There you can find more information about any Procedures, Preferences, Forms, etc., that are made available.

Circuit Criminal DivisionJudge
Division AThe Honorable Barbara Twine Thomas
Division BThe Honorable Lyann Goudie
Division CThe Honorable Christine A. Marlewski
Division DThe Honorable Michael S. Williams
Division EThe Honorable Mark D. Kiser
Division FThe Honorable Kimberly K. Fernandez
Division GThe Honorable Robin F. Fuson
Division IThe Honorable Laura E. Ward
Division J (Post Conviction Relief)The Honorable Michelle Sisco
Division K (Violation of Probation)The Honorable Nick Nazaretian
Division M (Mental Health)The Honorable Ronald Ficarotta
Division O (First Appearance/ Emergency)The Honorable Catherine M. Catlin
Division V (Veterans Treatment Court)The Honorable Michael J. Scott
Trial Division 1The Honorable Michelle Sisco
Trial Division 2The Honorable Christopher C. Sabella
Trial Division 3The Honorable Samantha L. Ward
Circuit Criminal Division (Thirteenth Judicial Circuit – Hillsborough County)

Hillsborough County Court Case Information and Tracking

Case details for criminal matters in Hillsborough County, Florida, can be viewed on the website for the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court.

Arrest and warrant information and inquiries can be found on the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office website.


Diversion Programs in Hillsborough County, FL

Recognizing the needs of first-time offenders or minor transgressions of the law, the 13th Circuit State Attorney’s Office has created felony and misdemeanor diversion programs including:

  • Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD)
  • Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism (RIDR)
  • Misdemeanor Intervention Program (MIP)
  • Felony Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)
  • Domestic Violence Pre-Trial Intervention (DVPI)

Resources for Hillsborough County Criminal Cases