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Judges in Felony Cases in Hillsborough County

The jurisdiction of the felony division of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, FL, includes felonies and all misdemeanors arising out of the same circumstances as a felony.

Sixteen (16) judges are assigned to the felony division of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit which includes three (3) judges in trial divisions. The felony division also includes judges in Circuit Court in specialized divisions for:

  • Drug Court;
  • Post Conviction Relief; and
  • Violation of Probation.

The specialized division for Sex and Child Abuse Offenses was recently dissolved and those cases were reassigned randomly to the other judges in the felony division.

Within 24 hours after an arrest for a felony, the person taken into custody who does not immediately post bond, will attend a first appearance hearing at the courthouse in Tampa, FL. Cases involving juveniles being charged with a crime are heard in the Juvenile Delinquency Division.

While felony cases are handled by Circuit Court Judges, misdemeanors and local ordinance violations are decided by county court judges in Hillsborough County.

Attorneys for Felony Cases in Tampa, FL

If you are charged with a felony criminal offense in Tampa, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients charged with a wide range of criminal offenses including serious felony cases and violations of probation or community control in the Circuit Courts in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, FL.

This article explains how you can find more information about the Circuit Court Judges in the Criminal Division at the courthouse in Tampa, FL. Let us put our experience to work for you.

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Felony Judges for Circuit Court in Hillsborough County, FL

From time to time, the judges are moved to different divisions according to administrative orders issued by the chief judge. Currently, the judges assigned to the criminal division in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, FL, include:

  • Division A - The Honorable Barbara Twine Thomas, 344 Annex, courtroom 33
  • Division B - The Honorable Mark R. Wolfe, 615 Annx, courtroom 62
  • Division C - The Honorable Christopher C. Nash, 427 Annex, courtroom 18
  • Division D - The Honorable Tom Barber, 226 Annex, courtroom 16
  • Division E - The Honorable Mark D. Kiser, 616 Annex, courtroom 61
  • Division F - The Honorable Kimberly K. Fernandez, 506 Annex, courtroom 54S
  • Division G - The Honorable Melissa M. Polo, 228 Annex, courtroom 14
  • Division I - The Honorable Laura E. Ward, 617 Annex, courtroom 15
  • Division J - Post Conviction Relief - The Honorable Michelle D. Sisco, 102 Annex, courtroom 10
  • Division K - Violation of Probation - The Honorable Nick Nazaretian, 132 Annex, courtroom 19
  • Division M - Mental Health - The Honorable Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta, 602 Edgecomb, courtroom 53A
  • Division V - Veterans Treatment Court - The Honorable Michael J. Scionti, 515 Annex, courtroom 52A
  • Division W and Z - The Honorable Jack Espinosa, Jr. - Drug Court - PTI and Marchman Act
  • Division Y - Drug Court Division - The Honorable Vivian T. Corvo, 227 Annex, courtroom 32
  • Trial Division 1 - The Honorable Michelle D. Sisco, 102 Annex, courtroom 10
  • Trial Division 2 - The Honorable Christopher C. Sabella, 516 Annex, courtroom 51A3
  • Trial Division 3 - The Honorable Samantha L. Ward, 540 Annex, courtroom 55S

Cases decided by judges in the felony division include any crimes against person or property that are classified as a felony including:

  • capital murder
  • noncapital murder
  • sexual offenses
  • drugs
  • robbery
  • burglary
  • forgery
  • fraud
  • worthless checks

This article was last updated on Friday, March 22, 2019.