Helpful Tips to Determine If you Have Unpaid Fines, Fees, or Restitution
Check your personal records and files for judgment or sentencing paperwork related to your felony conviction(s). Fines, fees, and restitution requirements will be stated in this paperwork. Make sure you’ve paid the required amount in full and that you have proof of your payment.
If you don’t have copies of your judgment or sentencing paperwork, contact the Clerk of Court in the county or counties in which you were convicted and request your records. Click here for a list of Florida Clerks of Court. Per Florida statute 940.04, “in the event any applicant for executive clemency is required to supply a certified copy of the applicant’s information, indictment, judgment, or sentence, said document shall be furnished by the clerk of court to the applicant free of charge and without delay.”
If you are not able to locate the necessary paperwork in your personal files or with the Clerk of Court and you were represented by a public defender or a private attorney, contact the office that represented you. They may have copies of your records. Click here for a list of public defenders.
If you were incarcerated or are under post release supervision, such as probation or community control, you may have outstanding fees with the Court Ordered Payment System (COPS) with the Florida Department of Corrections. To determine if you have outstanding fees in COPS, check with the Clerk of Court and call COPS at 850-717-3877.
If your judgment was converted to a civil lien and there’s an outstanding balance, you must pay it to be eligible for clemency. Check with the Clerk of Court to find out if your judgment was converted to a civil lien.