FELONY


The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over all defendants accused of committing crimes that have been designated by state law as felonies. A felony is a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment in a state penitentiary. Law enforcement officials arrest defendants who are accused of committing felony offenses.
Felonies are divided into degrees and have maximum penalties and fines as described below. However, there are many exceptions to the general sentencing rules for defendants convicted of certain felonies or who qualify for certain enhanced penalties based upon prior convictions. Florida Statutes, Chapter 775, contains all criminal penalty laws.
A Capital Felony is punishable by death or life imprisonment without the eligibility for parole.
A Life Felony is punishable by a term of life imprisonment and by a fine not to exceed $15,000.
A First Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 years and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
A Second Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 15 years and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
A Third Degree Felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years and by a fine not to exceed $5,000.
Felony Court is held on Thursday at 8:30 am before the Honorable Judge Robert M. Foster.  Court sessions are open to the public unless specifically closed by the Judge. Please call the misdemeanor department at 904-548-4613 for dates and times of any special hearings.
Court Appearance
Once a court date has been set on a felony case the Clerk's Office cannot change it. If there is a problem you will need to contact your attorney.
Failure to Appear In Court
A warrant may be issued for your arrest and any bond that you have posted may be forfeited when you fail to appear for court. If you are arrested because of a Failure to Appear warrant you may be held in jail without bond.
No children are allowed in the court room. Proper attire is required; no shorts allowed.
Identity Theft
The Clerk of Court does not have the authority to change names on original court records. The Office of the State Attorney should be contacted, at (904) 548-4700, if you suspect someone is using your name.
Sealing or Expunging
The packet containing instructions and forms needed to file a petition to seal or expunge a case can be obtained from the Criminal Customer Service Department. For further information please call 904-548-4613.

CONTACT INFORMATION

(904)548-4613

 

ROBERT M. FOSTER JUSTICE CENTER


76347 Veterans Way
Yulee, Florida 32097

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE


416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

HOURS OF OPERATION


8:30-5:00, Monday - Friday
( Excluding Holidays )

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.