Finding a mugshot in Manatee
An arrest record details a person's criminal history. It contains personal information including bio-data, fingerprints, criminal charges, last known address and the mugshot of the defendant. By state law, these records and its contents including the mugshots are categorized as public records in Manatee County. This means anyone can request a copy of these mugshots.
Under this state law, Manatee County Sheriff's Office provides online access to the county's mugshots on its website. To view mugshots of recent arrests and inmates in the custody of the Sheriff's Office use the 'Arrest Inquiries' tab on its website. Selecting the tab will take the user through a Captcha gateway to the inquiry portal. On the portal, the user can search the Manatee County mugshot database using criteria including name, booking number and booking date. The user has the option to search for only in-custody inmates or include recent arrests. A click on the booking numbers in the search result shows the defendant's mugshot, personal information, current and historic bookings. The search result also provides details on the possible release date of the inmate. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office updates this mugshot database in real-time. A request for these mugshots can also be made by visiting the Central Jail Front Desk at the address below.
The Tampa Bay Times also publishes Manatee County mugshots on its website which are accessible via a link under the ‘News’ tab. The Tampa Bay Time mugshot site aggregates the mugshots of recent arrests made in Manatee County. Users will find a digital graph on the site that allows for quick filtering of the mugshots in line with criteria including gender, age, height, etc. Mugshots are sourced from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and kept on this page for up to 60 days from the booking date. The database is updated regularly and the website also aggregates mugshots from Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco Counties.
The Bradenton Herald also publishes Manatee County mugshots on its website. At the bottom section of its homepage, the newspaper provides mugshot galleries of arrests made daily by the Sheriff's Office.
Manatee County Mugshots and Arrest
Some 380,000 Florida citizens call Manatee County home. Every year, the county witnesses over 13,000 arrests and a recent violent crime rate of 472 incidents in every 100,000 residents. According to the same data for the year 2018, the Manatee County property crime rate is 2,384 incidents in every 100,000 residents. The criminal justice process for the county begins with an arrest by any of the five local law enforcement agencies in the county. Consequently, the arrestee is transported to the central jail which is located at:
14470 Harlee Road,
Palmetto, Florida 34221
Upon arrival, each arrestee must complete the booking process which includes property intake, medical screening, warrants check, fingerprinting and taking a mugshot. After this process, any arrestee who does not bond out of jail will routinely appear before a judge within 24 hours after arrest. This hearing is called the first appearance. During this hearing, the judge will inform the arrestee of the charge(s) and, if appropriate, will set a bond amount. Arrestees who cannot meet the terms of their bail or charge with an unbailable offense(s) remain in incarceration. Cases against these defendants are formally charged to court afterward.
Obtaining Certified Arrest Records
As required by Florida State Statutes Chapter 119, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office makes certified arrest records available on request to the public. The Records Section of the agency serves as its repository for all records maintained by it. Hence, to request a copy of an arrest record, contact the section by mail at:
Manatee County Sheriff's Office
600 301 Boulevard West,
Bradenton, Florida 34205
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope in the mail-in request. Requests can also be made in person by visiting the address above. The Records Section is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Copies of arrest records are provided at $0.15 per page while copies are certified at $1 per document. Payment for requests can be made by business check, cashier's check, money order, or cash. For further inquiries, contact:
Custodian of Public Records
Sharon Chasteen, Records Director
(941) 747-3011 ext. 2295 or 2272
The public can also access the county's arrest records from Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court office. The Clerk has made a provision for an online search of these records on its website. Use the 'search court records' tool on the online search page to query the database of arrest records on the site. This search tool affords the user to filter a query by name, case number, citation number, and case type. A click on any name in the search result shows the complete arrest history of the subject. To obtain a physical copy of an arrest record visit the criminal records department of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court office at:
1115 Manatee Avenue West,
Bradenton, FL 34205
or send a mail-in request to the following address:
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206
The office is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Copies of arrest reports are provided at $1 per page and certified at $2 per document. The request may attract an additional charge of $2 per year record search fee for request where the date of record is not specified.
Sealing and Expunging Mugshots and Arrest Records
Residents of Manatee County can solicit to have their mugshot and arrest records sealed from the public domain and/or expunged from government records. This is a privilege granted by Florida law to eligible persons. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is charged with the responsibility to determine the eligibility of any person appealing to have their records sealed or expunged. Hence, an interested individual must apply to the agency for a certificate of eligibility. To obtain this certificate, visit the agency's website to download the application for the seal/expunge packet. The applicant can also call FDLE's Expunge Section in Tallahassee at (850) 410-7870 to request the form and instructions. Each applicant is required to complete the information requested in the packet, attached a copy of the arrest record and mail it back to the agency. This application attracts a $75 processing fee payable in a money order. Successful applicants granted the certificate of eligibility may then file an appeal for record sealing or expungement at the local court through the Clerk. The certificate is valid for one year from the date stamped on it by FDLE.
Other documents to be submitted to the Clerk of the Court along with the certificate include an affidavit and an order to expunge/seal. Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides samples of these documents on its website to enable the applicant to prepare them appropriately in line with Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. The office of the Clerk charges $42 for this process. Consequently, a hearing date is set for the judge to grant or deny the appeal. The entire process is a complex one that requires more than six months to complete. While any staff of the county's Clerk of the Court office is prevented by law to assist in filing an application, the applicant may wish to contact a local attorney for guidance through the procedure.
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