A misdemeanor is a criminal offense, less serious than a felony and is usually punishable by fine, penalty, forfeiture or confinement in a county jail. The maximum punishment can be up to one year.
If an arrest on a misdemeanor offense occurs the defendant is booked into the county jail. Most, but not all, misdemeanor offenses are bondable. A judge usually sees individuals arrested on misdemeanors within twenty-four (24) hours of their arrest. At first appearance bail is set and the courts determine whether the accused can pay for counsel. A Public Defender will be appointed if the defendant is found to be indigent (unable to pay for counsel) or the defendant may hire private counsel.
Bay County Clerk’s Office
300 East 4th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
email the Misdemeanor office