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Frequently Asked Questions

I was not convicted of the crime I was arrested for. Why does my arrest still show on your website?

According to Florida's Public Records Law, all arrests are public record. The only way to have records pertaining to an arrest removed is to go through a legal process called "Order to Expunge" or "Order to Seal".  Click here for more information on the Expunge/Seal process.

I know that a certain person was arrested and booked into the Hernando County Jail. Why doesn't the record show on your website?

The person could have been arrested by a law enforcement agency other than the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. We do not capture arrests made by the Brooksville Police Department or the Florida Highway Patrol. If you are sure that HCSO made the arrest and you are searching by name, try searching by the last name only or by other variations of the spelling. Your criteria must match what we have in our database exactly when searching by name.

Why are there no photos available for certain arrest records?

There can be several reasons why no photo appears:

  • The arrestee was issued a misdemeanor citation or notice to appear and was not actually booked into the Hernando County Jail.

  • There is a time delay between the time of arrest and the time that the arrest affidavit is returned to the Sheriff's Office for processing. The photo will not appear until our Records Section processes the affidavit.

  • The arrest occurred before the Sheriff's Office began linking booking photos to arrest records (August 30, 2000).

  • Technical difficulties.

I am searching for offense reports for a specific street name, but I am getting no matching records.

Try entering the street name only (do not include St. , Rd., etc.). If you still get no results, try different variations of the spelling. Your criteria must match what we have in our database exactly when searching by street name.

How do I conduct a background check or obtain criminal history information on an individual?

If you would like to obtain LOCAL information only, you can come to the Sheriff's Office Records Section, located at 18900 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville.  The hours of operation for our Records Section are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Florida criminal history checks are available through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  Click here to visit their website for more information.