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Criminal Justice - Frequently Asked Questions
Criminal Justice Home

  1. Criminal History Check

  2. Felony Bond Hearings

  3. Misdemeanor Jail Arraignments

  4. Collections

  5. Bond Refunds

  6. Viewing Criminal Court Files

  7. Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records

  8. Court DIAL (Direct Information Access Line)


1. Criminal History Check

Upon request the Clerk's Office will research an individual's criminal history for a fee of $2.00 per year researched. A certified criminal history is available for an additional $7.00. To request an individual's criminal history, please write to:

Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts
1351 NW 12th Street, Suite 9000
Miami, Florida 33125

Attention: Information/Research Unit


Please include payment made payable to Clerk of Courts. Allow 10 days response time on all history checks. Criminal histories may also be researched by the public through computers in the Clerk's Office. Computers are available on the 9th floor of the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building in the lobby of Suite 9000. The address is 1351 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33125.

2. Felony Bond Hearings

Weekdays Felony Bond Hearings are conducted Monday through Friday at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM in courtroom 1-5. A copy of the calendar is located on the fifth floor, outside Courtroom 5-3 and at the Security Desk located on the first floor.

Weekends and Holidays Felony Bond Hearings are conducted once a day, immediately following the misdemeanor jail arraignments scheduled for 9:00 AM, on the fifth floor Courtroom 5-3 of the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, located at 1351 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33125. The calendar of persons scheduled to appear at the bond hearing is available for viewing immediately prior to each bond hearing. A copy of the calendar is available on the fifth floor, outside Courtroom 5-3 and at the Security Desk located on the first floor.

3. Misdemeanor Jail Arraignments

Misdemeanor jail arraignments are conducted each weekday, at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM, in Courtroom 5-3, on the Fifth Floor of the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, 1351 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL. 33125. On weekends and holidays, jail arraignments are held once each day at 9:00 AM., in Courtroom 5-3, located on the Fifth Floor of the same building. The calendar of persons scheduled to appear at the hearing is available immediately prior to each hearing. A copy is available every day outside the corresponding courtroom, and Monday through Friday at the information window located in Suite 8100.

4. Collections

If my case has been referred to a collection agency, how should I proceed?

If your case has been assigned to a collection agency, the Clerk’s Office will not be able to accept your payment. You must contact the collection agency for payment. Restitution Orders and Public Defender Liens are not part of the fines and court costs assigned to collection agencies. These payments must be made directly to the Clerk of Courts.

There are currently three possible collection agencies that can be assigned to a delinquent case. They are:
  1. Alliance One – 877-541-8420,
  2. Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson – 866-234-9790, or
  3. Municipal Service Bureau – 800-616-0166.
Please note that once you are referred to a collection agency, they will be adding an additional 40% to balance owed.

IMPORTANT:

These agencies are assigned specific case numbers. You can use our Online Criminal Case Search to identify which agency has been assigned to a particular case.

Upon reaching the link above, follow these instructions:
  • You can select to enter information from your case number, state case number, citation/police number, name or jail number tabs
  • Type in the appropriate information
  • Click on submit
  • If using name or jail number as a search, you must now select appropriate case number for inquiry
  • Click on ‘dockets’ to find the collection agency assigned to your case and the balanced owed (Note: balanced owed does not include the 40% added by the collection agency)
Where can I pay restitution and public defender liens?

Payments for Restitution and Public Defender Liens must be made directly to the Clerk of Courts. They may be mailed-in or taken in person to the following locations:

Miami-Dade Flagler Building
140 West Flagler Street, Suite 1502
Miami, Florida 33130

5. Bond Refunds

At the conclusion of the case, the depositor of the bond must submit or mail the original cash bond receipt to the Clerk's Office Central Bond Unit, 1351 NW 12th Street, Suite 9000, Miami, Florida 33125. There is no service fee for bond refunds. The bond will be refunded by mail within 10 business days. All refunds will be made by check only. If the bond receipt has been lost, the depositor will be required to complete an affidavit of loss of appearance bond, to obtain refund of bond. A $7.00 dollars service fee will be charged for each affidavit filed. A valid photo identification will be required. The depositor may obtain an affidavit from the Central Bonds Unit. If the affidavit is mailed a photocopy of valid photo identification will be required. The refund will be processed within 10 business days from the date of filing the affidavit. Refunds will be made by check payable to the bond depositor only, unless a notarized assignment is presented with the white cash bond receipt. A valid photo identification must be presented.

6. Viewing Criminal Court Files

Criminal records are available for viewing by the public between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Files may be viewed at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, 1351 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33125. Felony files are located in Suite 9000, and Misdemeanor files are located in Suite 8100. The Clerk's Office will assist you in finding a case number or you may find the case number by using the public computers located in the lobby of Suite 9000. Files for the current year are made available the same day. Older case files may require up to 2 days. Copies of court documents are $1.00 per page; for certified copies there is an additional charge of $2.00 per document.

7. Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records

To seal or expunge a criminal record requires court approval. The necessary documents are available from the Dade County Clerk's Office in the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, 1351 NW 12th Street, Suite 9000. You must obtain a certified copy of the final disposition, the cost of which is $1.00 per page copied, and $2.00 per document certified, if you know your court case number. If you do not know your case number an additional research fee will be assessed. You will also receive a complete package of instructions including a fingerprint card which must be completed at a local law enforcement agency and an application for a certificate of eligibility which must be completed by the State Attorney's Office (for expungements only) and mailed along with a $75.00 fee to Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The forms for this portion of the process can also be obtained from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website at www.fdle.state.fl.us.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will mail you the Certificate of Eligibility. You must then return to the Clerk's Office with the certificate and the completed Petition to Seal or Expunge from your package. The forms can be obtained from the Miami Dade Clerk of Courts website. We will then file these documents with the court. The filing fee is $42.00.

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