Taylor County is located in the panhandle of Florida. The county seat is Perry, Florida. There is a National Wildlife Refuge located in the county. The county has many beautiful nature trails, nature preserves, and many other agricultural and nature driven events. The county hosts the annual Florida Forest Festival and has been long known as the “Tree Capital of the South.” The county’s population is 22,478 residents. The county has a shoreline that extends into the Gulf of Mexico. The most arresting law enforcement agencies are Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, and Florida Highway Patrol.
Taylor County Judges
|Taylor County Judges:
|Judge Bill Blue
|All misdemeanor cases.
3rd Circuit Judges in Taylor County
|3rd Circuit Taylor County Judges:
|Judge Greg S. Parker
|All felony cases.
Common Crimes in Taylor County, FL
Below is a list of the most common crimes people were arrested for in Taylor County, in 2016. These statistics were received from the Uniform Crime Report provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and Perry Police department made the majority of the arrests for drugs, larceny and simple assault.
In 2015 Taylor County reported there were 31 people arrested for DUI, but in 2016 this number nearly doubled to 61. Majority of the DUI arrests were by Florida Highway Patrol Perry.
Adult Drug Treatment Court Program of Taylor County
Individuals that get arrested for drug related offenses that meet certain criteria may be admitted into the Adult Drug Treatment Court Program of Taylor County. To be considered for admission into the program, a defendant must: be at least 16 years of age, be a resident of the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida, or otherwise accepted in accordance with conditions outlined in a drug court transfer agreement with another circuit, be free from any prior violent felony conviction, have a current substance abuse/dependence diagnosis, or a documented history of substance abuse or a dependence diagnosis and have a current qualifying felony or misdemeanor charge. Participants may be reprimanded or have sanctions imposed upon them for unsatisfactory performance, including incarceration, termination of the program and full prosecution for the underlying crime.
Taylor County Mental Health Court
The Taylor County Mental Health Court is a special part of the Taylor County Court. It is a Court-supervised program for those arrested in Taylor County who has a mental illness, who need treatment and other services, and who choose to participate in the mental health program instead of having their case precede through the regular court process. The goal of this program is to divert non-violent defendants with mental illness from the Taylor County Jail and active criminal prosecution in the Taylor County Court to appropriate community based treatment.