Finding a mugshot in Brevard
Brevard County mugshots are made available to anyone on request in compliance with Florida Public Records law. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is the repository for these mugshots. To facilitate easy access for the general public, the Sheriff's Office provides the mugshot database online at its website. To query this database, select "Arrest Inquiry" on the homepage to arrive at the search engine. The search tool affords users the options to make an inmate search by name, arrest date or booking number. To view an arrestee's mugshots, select 'details' on the search result. This also shows all historical arrest records of the suspect. Mugshots are uploaded daily.
Brevard County mugshots are also accessible from the websites of some local media. Brevard's own social community news platform, Space Coast Daily, publishes a daily mugshot gallery of arrests made on its homepage. Click on the gallery to view individual mugshot along with accompanying arrest data. The user can also access older mugshots via the website by selecting 'mugshot' under the 'crime' tab. Brevard mugshots archived on this site begin from February 2012. The Brevard Times also offers a daily gallery of the county's mugshots on its online page. The most recent gallery can be found on the homepage while older mugshots can be accessed under the crime section of the homepage. A local website publishing Brevard County crime news exclusively also aggregates Brevard County mugshots and arrest reports on its webpage. This crime news site also provides Brevard County mugshots on its Facebook account.
Brevard County Mugshots and Arrest
Brevard County has over 570,000 residents and records over 18,000 arrests annually. Both violent and property crime rates have fallen significantly in recent years. However, the violent crime rate in every 100,000 residents stands at 379.4 while the property crime rate is 2,185.5 in the same number of residents. Brevard criminal justice process begins with an arrest by the Florida Highway Patrol or any of the other 13 law enforcement agencies in the county. Afterward, the arrest is transported to the Brevard County Jail located at:
860 Camp Road,
Cocoa, Florida 32927,
At the jail, the law enforcement officer conducts the booking process which includes fingerprinting, getting a booking photo (mugshot) taken, and recording the arrestee's biographical data. The information along with the mugshots are uploaded to the Sheriff's Office website later in the day. Suspects arrested on bailable offenses can bond out of jail after booking until their first appearance.
By law, defendants must make the first appearance before a judge within 24 hours of an arrest. This takes place at the Brevard Bond Court located within the county jail complex. At this initial appearance, the judge reads the defendant the charges and decides on the need to appoint a public defender for the arrestee. During the hearing, the judge also appropriates the right bond amount for defendants who have not yet posted bond. The public is allowed access to the court proceedings on a closed-circuit TV from the jail's visitation building or online. These court appearances begin at 1:00 p.m. on weekdays and at 9:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Consequently, the case against the defendant is formally charged to court.
Obtaining Certified Arrest Records
The public can obtain a copy of an arrest record from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. To make a request, contact the Sheriff's Office Custodian of Records by email or phone at (321)264-5214. A request can also be made in person by visiting the Sheriff's Office at:
700 South Park Avenue,
Building J (East side of complex)
Titusville, Florida 32780
The office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A copy of an arrest record is provided at $0.15 per page. Certified arrest records cost $2.00 per name. Addition fees may be incurred for requests requiring extensive research time and/or IT resources. Fees are payable by credit card or cash. Completed requests can be delivered to the closest Precinct for pickup.
A certified arrest record can also be obtained from the Brevard County Clerk of the Court office. Prior to making a trip to the office, the requestor can search online to confirm the availability of such records. The Clerk has made provision on its official website for both anonymous and registered queries of the arrest records in its custody. The Brevard Electronic Court Application (BECA) is the tool to help the user accomplish this. To use this search tool, select 'case search' on the homepage and choose the 'General Public Court Records Search' option to make an anonymous search. The user is only mandated to provide the last name of the subject to make a quick search although inputting more criteria will help refine the search. Select the 'case number' in the search result to view the complete details of the record.
To obtain an official copy of these arrest records visit any one of the Clerk's branch offices. The public can also request for certified copies of arrest records online via the Clerk's office Research and Copy Request Center. The Clerk provides an instructional manual to assist users in navigating the Request Center effectively. Copies of arrest records are made at $1 per copy and certified at $2 per document. The requestor will be informed of any additional fee prior to the completion of the request.
Sealing and Expunging Mugshots and Arrest Records
Florida Law permits individuals with arrest records in Brevard County to have such records sealed from the public or expunged from the law enforcement database. However, the FDLE must certify such individuals eligible to enjoy this privilege. To obtain the certificate of eligibility visit the FDLE's website to download the application packet. This packet can also be obtained by mail to:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Post Office Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Alternatively, the applicant can pick up a packet at any of the Brevard County Clerk of the Court offices in the county. However, the staff at the Clerk's office are not permitted by law to assist in completing an application. Hence, applicants are advised to retain the services of a qualified attorney if they cannot handle the complex process of the application. Indigent applicants can contact Brevard County Legal Aid for Pro Bono services. Note that the section B of the application form must be completed by the State Attorney's Office at:
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way,
Viera, FL, 32940.
Applicants are required to mail the completed form, along with a certified copy of the arrest record and a money order or certified check for the application fee of $75 to:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement,
Post Office Box 1489,
Tallahassee, Florida 32302.
Successful applicants are granted the Certificate of Eligibility with which they can appeal for record sealing or expungement. The applicant requires the following forms to submit an appeal to the Clerk's office:
Affidavit for Expungement (1 page) must be notarized
Affidavit for Sealing (1 page) must be notarized
Petition to Expunge Criminal Record (2 pages)
Petition to Seal Criminal Record (2 pages)
Complete the relevant forms and file along with the Certificate and appropriate fees with the Clerk of the Courts for the judge to rule on the case. The Clerk charges a statutory fee of $42 for this appeal in addition to the costs of copying and certifying the order which ranges from $12 to $20. These additional costs are in reference to sending the order to all law enforcement agencies holding records of the arrest.
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