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Pinellas County Criminal Defense

The Law Office of Chris Beardslee has resolved misdemeanor and felony offenses in Pinellas County during each stage of the criminal case. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense in Pinellas County, Florida, including the St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas, our office has the experience and resources to defend your needs.

Information and resources for Pinellas County Criminal Court and criminal cases are provided below.

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Criminal Defense Lawyer for Pinellas County, FL (St. Petersburg – Clearwater)

Attorney Chris Beardslee is an experienced criminal defense lawyer for Pinellas County. 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.


Pinellas County Court Information

Information for the Pinellas County Criminal Courts in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida:

Pinellas County Criminal Court Locations

Felony and misdemeanor criminal cases are handled at the Pinellas County Justice Center located on 49th Street in Clearwater next to the Pinellas County jail. A few criminal misdemeanor traffic cases and traffic citations are handled at the North County Traffic Court location on US 19. That Courthouse is scheduled to be transferred to the 49th Street location once new construction is completed.

Pinellas County Justice Center

14250 49th Street North

Clearwater, FL 33762

Phone: (727) 464-7000

North County Traffic Court

29582 U.S. Hwy 19 North

Clearwater, FL 33761

Phone: (727) 464-7000

Courtrooms in the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas County)

The vast majority of criminal Courtrooms are located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the main Criminal Justice Center located on 49th Street in Clearwater.

  • County Criminal and Family Law Courtrooms are primarily located on the 3rd floor and marked as Courtrooms 11 through 22.
  • Felony Criminal Courtrooms are primarily located on the 4th floor and marked as Courtrooms 1 through 10.
  • Specialized Courtrooms for grand juries, 1st appearance (advisories) are located on the 4th and 1st floor of the Courthouse; court personnel and security can assist in guiding you.
  • There is 1 courtroom for misdemeanor criminal traffic court cases if your case is assigned to the North County Traffic Court.

County Court Judges in Pinellas County, FL

The County Criminal Division of the Sixth Judicial Circuit has jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases. Criminal Traffic offenses may be punishable with jail time and a fine. Traffic charges requiring a jury trial in Pinellas County are assigned to a judge at the Pinellas County Justice Center.

DivisionSectionJudge
County Criminal1/19/16The Honorable John Carballo
County CriminalLThe Honorable Robert Dittmer
County CriminalRThe Honorable Holly Grissinger
County CriminalGThe Honorable Kathleen T. Hessinger
County Traffic51/52The Honorable Theodora C. Komninos
County CriminalADV #2The Honorable Paul A. Levine
County CriminalHThe Honorable Cathy McKyton
County CriminalFThe Honorable Brett Szematowicz
County CriminalEThe Honorable Dorothy Vaccaro
County Criminal Judges (Sixth Judicial Circuit – Pinellas County)

Circuit Court Judges in Pinellas County, FL

If you are charged with a felony crime in Pinellas County, your case will be assigned to a Circuit Criminal Division and Judge.

DivisionSectionJudge
Circuit CriminalBThe Honorable Michael F. Andrews
Circuit CriminalDThe Honorable Joseph A. Bulone
Circuit CriminalCThe Honorable William H. Burgess, III
Circuit CriminalMThe Honorable Philip J. Federico
Circuit CriminalIThe Honorable Chris Helinger
Circuit CriminalAThe Honorable Philippe Matthey
Circuit CriminalTThe Honorable Pat Siracusa
Circuit CriminalKThe Honorable Susan St. John
Circuit CriminalNThe Honorable Kimberly Todd
Circuit Criminal Judges (Sixth Judicial Circuit – Pinellas County)

Court Case Details and Tracking (Pinellas County)

Case details for criminal matters in Pinellas County, Florida, can be viewed from the website for the Pinellas County Clerk of Court. You can find information about your next court date, the judge assigned to your case, and case filings.

Arrest information including bond and booking number and warrant inquiry information can be found on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office website.


Diversion Programs in Pinellas County, FL

Recognizing the needs of first-time offenders or minor transgressions of the law, the 6th Circuit State Attorney’s Office has created felony and misdemeanor diversion programs. Some of these alternative sanctions provide rehabilitation services addressing issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health needs. Programs include:

  • DUI Diversion Program called D.R.O.P. (DUI Rehabilitation of Offenders Program)
  • Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)
  • Domestic Violence Deferred Prosecution Program

Resources for Pinellas County Criminal Cases