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.