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Created by an act of the legislature in 1915, Okaloosa County is unique within the First Judicial Circuit because it has two (2) courthouses. All of the other counties within the First Judicial Circuit (Escambia, Santa Rosa and Walton counties) have one (1) courthouse.

Each courthouse has both a Circuit Court (Felony) and County Court (Misdemeanor) divisions. One courthouse is in Crestview, the other is in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The courthouse in Shalimar is now closed and no longer handling criminal cases.

Your Okaloosa County criminal defense or DUI attorney will need to know which courthouse your case will be scheduled to be handled as well as to which Circuit or County Court judge.This is critical: Okaloosa County is one of the most conservative counties in the entire state and the slogan “tough on crime” is taken to heart by the State Attorney’s Office (headed by a politically elected official).

Crestview and Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Attorneys

If your case arose in any of the following cities, the location will determine which courthouse your case will be handled in:

Your Okaloosa County DUI or criminal defense lawyer will need to be familiar with the local legal community, members of the State Attorney’s Office, the Judges, Deputy Clerks, law enforcement officers, procedures and policies – whether you are one of the almost 200,000 locals residents or an out of state tourist.

Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Resources