In the state of Florida, trial courts are divided up into 20 different circuits. I practice Criminal Defense Law in the 6th Judicial Circuit which serves citizens in Pinellas and Pasco Counties, in the Tampa Bay area.
Pinellas County is divided up into north and south sections, with the city of Clearwater being the northern base and St. Petersburg being the southern base of Judicial Operations.
The main criminal courthouse is known as the Pinellas County Justice Center, which is located at 14250 49th Street North, Clearwater, FL 33762. This is the location were all criminal cases will be heard as well was all juvenile offenses. If you are arrested or charged with a crime other than a traffic charge – you will have your case heard at this Courthouse.
If you receive a traffic citation or criminal traffic charge – DUI for example, you will appear at one of 2 Traffic Court locations which depend on which police agency made your charge or arrest:
North County traffic Court is located at the Pinellas County Government Center, 29582 US Highway 19 North in Clearwater, Florida. All cases are called in court room 104, but there’s only one court room in that building.
South County Traffic Court is located at the Pinellas County Government Center, at 1800 66th street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 in Courtroom “B” but once again there’s only one court room in that building.
My criminal trial practice is limited to cases in Pinellas County – if you have been arrested or charged with a criminal case in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo or other city in Pinellas County, your case will appear in one of these Courthouses where I have practiced for the last 30 years.
In this Aaron Hernandez case, the police exceeded their authority to seize property owned by the Defendant in that they went beyond the scope of the Search Warrant granted by a Judge, and the Defense Lawyer moved to suppress the evidence as it was illegally obtained. One of the things an experienced defense lawyer does is examine the probable cause or consent used to seize evidence to see if a Motion To Suppress evidence illegally obtained, would better his client’s position in Court. Not sure if this Motion is ultimately going to help this former Florida Gator in his many legal problems, but I have looked for search and seizure issues for over 30 years for defendants that I represent in Pinellas Criminal cases, and would be happy to consult with you regarding your facts and circumstances.
Almost anyone can get arrested for Driving Under The Influence in Pinellas County, DUI, – even a St. Petersburg Police office. If he took the breath test and scored as the article suggests he did, he blew over a .08 and will have an Administrative Driver’s License Suspension that he, or more likely, his lawyer will need to act on within 10 days of the offense to contest the Administrative Driving Suspension and/or obtain a permit and waive the Hearing to contest the Suspension. I have been helping people arrested for DUI charges and Driving Privilege Suspensions for over 20 years.