Finding a mugshot in Osceola
In compliance with Florida Public Law, Osceola County government makes available all its non-confidential records. Mugshots taken at the moment of booking an arrest in the county are part of such non-confidential public records. Therefore, Osceola County mugshots are made available to everyone on the website of the county's government.
To view daily arrest reports and search current inmate database, selection the Osceola County Corrections page under the Agencies and Departments tab on the homepage. The landing page provides dual search tools to query Osceola County mugshots and arrest records. The first search tool (arrest report) takes the user to a list of mugshots of arrests made each day. Select any mugshot to view the complete arrest report on the subject. The user can query this database by choosing any specific date in the last 30 days. This database is updated daily and downloadable free of charge. The user has the option to print each day's report with arrestees' mugshot directly from the search result page.
When the mugshot in question is of an inmate already serving a sentence in the County jail, it is advised to use the 'Current Inmate Database' search tool. The search results list every inmate along with mugshots presently in custody. There is an option to filter the list by ID number or name of the subject. Otherwise, use the search inmate tool on the upper right corner of the result page to find the specific inmate by inputting the name. This database is updated several times per day.
These mugshots and other public documents are also provided on the county's mobile app. This app can be downloaded from both the Apple App and Google Play stores. Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court also provides a link to view the county's mugshots on its website. To use this link, select 'daily arrest record' under the 'Search Records' tab on the homepage.
Alternatively, the requestor can visit either the Osceola County Sheriff's Office or the County's Correctional Facility to view these mugshots. The addresses for these agencies are provided below. As a service to the community, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office publishes mugshots of arrested fugitives and arrestees that made sensational news on its Facebook page. This is done as a new alert feature.
Osceola County Mugshots and Arrest
Osceola County has over 350,000 residents and records over 11,000 arrests yearly. The latest crime data for the county shows a violent crime rate of 306.4 incidents in 100,000 residents and a property crime rate of 1,955.5 in 100,000 residents. Though these rates have fallen significantly in recent years the county is not yet among the safest in Florida. The criminal justice process in the county begins with an arrest by a law enforcement officer. The Defendant is either detained on local "probable cause" arrest, meaning the law enforcement officer has a reasonable suspicion a crime was committed, or they were arrested under a warrant issued by a judge. Arrestees in the county are transported to the Osceola County Corrections Department at:
402 Simpson Road,
Kissimmee, FL 34744
At the correctional facility, the arrestee is booked by the arresting law enforcement officer. The booking process includes medical screening, data entry, fingerprinting and taking a mugshot among other activities. Defendants who do not meet bail after booking are incarcerated. Under the state law, all defendants are to meet a judge within the first 24-hours of an arrest. This initial appearance in Osceola County takes place daily beginning at 1:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays. At an initial appearance, a judge advises a defendant of the charges against them and determines if there a probable cause to the case. The judge also determines the need to appoint a public defense counsel for the defendant and the appropriate bond value for a release. The public can watch the proceedings of these initial appearances online. These live feeds are provided by the 9th Judicial Circuit Court in the state which the county's courts belong to. Consequently, the defendants who are not qualified for pre-trial release programs are formally charged to court.
Obtaining Certified Arrest Records
A requestor may visit the Osceola County Sheriff's Office to obtain copies of an arrest record. Such request can be made at any of the Sheriff's Office locations in the county or the Administration office at:
2601 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy,
The hours of operations are from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Certified copy of an arrest report cost $1 per page, and photocopies are made at $0.15 page. Osceola County Sheriff's Office also provides local background checks at the cost of $5 per request. It costs $6 to obtain a certified background check. Requests requiring extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or personnel assistance to fulfill will attract additional charges. To obtain a copy of an inmate's arrest report, a requestor can also contact the Record Technician of the Osceola County Correctional Facility at (407) 742-4411.
Alternatively, a requestor can obtain this record from the office of the Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court. The office of the Clerk has made provision to provide these records electronically. Before ordering a certified arrest record from the Clerk's office, the requestor can make a quick search for the record using the court record search tool provided on the website. The user can access this tool under the 'Search Records' tab on the homepage. The search tool allows anonymous queries to be made by any of these criteria: name, case number, and citation number. On the search tool page, the user has the option of requesting to 'Purchase Certified Copies'. Select this option to arrive at the Clerk eCertify page to request certified copies of arrest records. Requests can also be made in person at the criminal department located on the second floor of the courthouse at:
Osceola County Courthouse
2 Courthouse Square
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
The office is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information contact the criminal department at (407) 742-3566.
Sealing and Expunging Mugshots and Arrest Records
Individuals with mugshots and arrest records in Osceola County can have such reports sealed from public access or expunged from the law enforcement agencies' database. However, not all mugshots or arrest records are eligible to be sealed or expunged. The individual has to apply to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for a certificate of eligibility. To obtain this certificate visit the FDLE website to download the relevant seal/expunge application packet. Complete and return the packet as instructed in the information contained in the application form. There is a $75 fee charged by the agency for this application. Upon securing this certificate, the applicant can use it to appeal for sealing or expungement at the local court.
While the Osceola County court system is not permissible by law to assist applicants during the seal an expunge process, it provides adversarial support. The State Attorney of the Ninth Judicial Circuit provides information on its website to guide those undertaking the process without the assistance of an attorney. Similarly, the Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court Office also provides a guide to complete this process on its website. The applicant will find on the webpage sample copies of affidavit and order to seal/expunge needed to make an appeal at the local court. The applicant is required to prepare these documents and submit along with a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the Clerk's Office.
The Clerk forwards these documents to the State Attorney and all agencies involved. Once the State Attorney approves or objects to the Petition, the response is sent to the Judge for final approval. After the Judge's certified order is filed and received, the records are either sealed or expunged. If the documents are sealed, the defendant has to wait at least 10 years and then apply for an expungement of the case.
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