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Online Court Resources
Resources for the County Court of DeSoto County as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Desoto County, Florida, and resources applicable to all courts in Florida.
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Florida Official Records
Florida court documents, judgments, liens, probate records and other types of county records can be found online. Searching is free but there is a charge for records requested. Criminal records are not available from this service.
Parental Access to Teen Driving Records
Parents have the ability to search their child's driving records through The Florida Department of Highway Safety.
Published opinions and orders
12th Judicial Circuit Administrative Orders
View Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota County Circuit and County Court administrative orders by number or topic.
Florida Family Law Rules and Opinions
View and download Florida family law rules and opinions.
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search or view Florida Attorney General legal opinions from 1972 to current.
Forms and related information
Florida Family Law Forms
The Florida State Courts' Self-Help Center provides instructions, forms, and additional resources on family law matters.
Online Self-Help Forms
FloridaLawHelp offers do-it-yourself forms and instructions organized by legal issue. Some forms may be completed online with an interactive interview process.
Prepare and File Court Forms Online
Turbo Court allows you to prepare and file online court forms in family law, small claims and evictions. Registration is required. There is a fee associated with this service.
Online fine payments
Pay Motor Carrier Compliance Citations
Pay Motor Carrier Compliance commercial vehicle citations online.
Pay Traffic Tickets Online
Pay traffic tickets online for most counties with this service from Florida Clerks of Court. An online search service for ticket information is also available for most counties. There is a fee associated with this service.
Self help, legal research, general information
12th Circuit Drug Court Information
View information about the 12th Circuit's Drug Court, an alternative court for offenders with substance abuse issues.
Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement
View information on how to seal or expunge a criminal record in Florida.
Florida Child Support Services
Florida child support services provide answers to frequently asked questions and an online payment system.
Florida Court Information for Veterans
View, download or print the Veterans' resource guide to the state legal system. An overview of Veterans Courts, which are specialized court programs that set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse or mental health problems, is also provided.
Florida Court Programs and Services
View information about Florida court programs and services, including alternative dispute resolution, court interpreters, drug courts, family courts, and jury duty. Educational resources and videos about the court system and procedure are also available.
Florida Court Self-Help Resources
Services include information about local self-help centers, family law information and forms, information about free or low-cost legal services, lawyer referral, and legal resources for seniors.
Florida Family Law Information
View a Florida Family Law handbook in English or Spanish, and a publication providing marriage law guidance. Scroll down to "Marriage Law Information" for links to the publications.
Florida Foreclosure Prevention Resources
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Florida Legal Information and Resources
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Florida Legal Pamphlets
The Florida Bar offers online pamphlets on various legal issues including consumer, civil and small claims, credit, family, immigration, legal services property, wills, trusts, and estates. Pamphlets may be downloaded; print versions may be ordered for a small fee.
Florida Small Claims
An overview of the Florida small claims process includes what constitutes a small claims case, where to file a case in Florida, and a link to the Florida Small Claims Rules of Court Procedure.
Florida Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers driver licensing handbooks in English and Spanish.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Directory of Free and Low-Cost Legal Services
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Find a Florida Lawyer
The Florida Bar offers an online search for attorneys by name, location, and bar number.
Florida Attorney Complaints and Discipline
The Florida Bar offers information about attorney regulation and discipline, and Attorney Consumer Assistance Program to handle complaints against attorneys, alternatives to the formal complaint process, and online access to summaries of recent disciplinary actions taken by the Florida Supreme Court against member attorneys.
Florida Lawyer Referral Services
The Florida Bar offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, and links to local bar associations' lawyer referral services.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Services
Find information about organizations offering free or reduced fee legal services to eligible clients.