Answered By: Lisa Davis Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015 Views: 50
Dear FIU Law Student,
In order to search for information in Florida, you have to go county by county where the criminal offense or violation(s) could have occurred. Information regarding local clerks of court and related search websites are availble through the Law Library's Florida Bar Character and Fitness Info Resources guide. Tab "Traffic Offenses" and "Criminal Records" both contain links to Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties' clerks websites with an explanation on how to conduct searches. As noted, you can pay Florida a fee and they will gather all of the information in one place - but it is a good idea to search on your own especially since such searching will be beneficial to your future practice as an attorney.
If you ever lived or drove outside of Florida and are concerned about potential over $200 tickets, you will have to search individual jurisdictions separately. Please Ask a Librarian from the FIU Law Library's website, using the "Ask a Librarian" button on the lower left if this is the case and we can assist you further.
You can search for information using Lexis Public Records. An instructional video regarding how to access Lexis Public Records is available in the same Florida Bar Character and Fitness Info Resources guide under tab "Lexis Public Records." If you have difficulty accessing or using Lexis Public Records, please contact your student representatives for Lexis. PLEASE NOTE: you can only use Lexis Public Records to search for yourself; any other use is a violation of use and will be tracked and reported.
Thank you for using the FIU Law Library. If we can be of further assistance, please Ask a Librarian.