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Walton County Legal Resource Guide

Whether it is DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Paxton, or any one of the other communities in Walton County, any arrest can create immediate confusion and stress for the alleged offender. Flaherty Defense Firm fights to protect the rights of both residents and visitors who were arrested and charged with crimes in Walton County.

We understand that the criminal justice system can seem quite overwhelming to many people who are not accustomed to facing criminal charges, which is why our firm has compiled much of the frequently sought information about county offices and agencies here. Use this page to learn more about these different entities.

Were you or your loved one arrested in Miramar Beach, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, or another area in Walton County? You will want to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away to figure out how you can avoid any significant consequences.

Flaherty Defense Firm is exclusively dedicated to criminal defense and handles a wide variety of practice areas including driving under the influence (DUI), domestic violence, probation violations, and many other criminal matters. You can have our attorney answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (850) 243-6097 or contact us online to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable member of our team.

Walton County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller

The Office of the Clerk and Comptroller performs various kinds of information management, record keeping, and financial management for the judicial system and county government, including attending court hearings and trials, filing indictments, information, and verdicts, and processing all civil and criminal cases. The Clerk and Comptroller are also responsible for collecting and disbursing fines, court costs, forfeitures, fees, and service charges.

The Walton County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller states that any written communication created or received by its officials and employees will be made available to the public and media unless it is otherwise exempt. The Walton County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller is found in the South Walton Courthouse Annex:

Walton County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller

South Walton Courthouse Annex

31 Coastal Centre Boulevard, Suite 500

Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

(850) 267-3066


Walton County Department of Juvenile Justice

Intake, assessment, and supervision of juveniles charged with crimes in Walton County are handled by the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The Okaloosa Regional Juvenile Detention Center is the primary detention center used for Walton County.

Okaloosa Regional Juvenile Detention Center

4448 Straight Line Rd.

Crestview, FL 32539

(850) 689-7800 


Okaloosa County also has two prevention programs aimed at at-risk youths.

Hope House

5127 Eastland Street

Crestview, FL 32539

(850) 682-2374


Florida Youth Challenge Academy

5629 State Road 16 West

Building 3800

Starke, FL 32091

(904) 682-4031


The DJJ also lists one residential facility serving Walton County:


Walton Academy For Growth and Change

286 Gene Hurley Road

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

(850) 520-4642


Office of the State Attorney

Walton County is one of four counties served by the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, with the others being Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, and Okaloosa County.

The Defuniak Springs Office serves all of Walton County.


Office of the State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit

Defuniak Springs Office

524 East Highway 90

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

(850) 892-8080


Walton County Court Services

Court Services refers to judicial programs that are intended to provide pretrial assessments and other court-related services to individuals as they process through the court system. Court Services includes Pretrial Services, the Forensic Mental Health Court Case Manager, Mental Health Court Case Manager, Drug Court Case Manager and the Veterans Court Case Manager.


Walton County Court Services

400 N. Ferdon Blvd

Crestview, Florida 32539

(850) 689-5066


Pensacola Circuit Office, Florida Department of Corrections

Walton County as well as Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, and Okaloosa County are served by the Pensacola Circuit Office. Probation officers supervise people on probation or community control and those who were released from prison with post-release supervision.


Pensacola Circuit Office, Florida Department of Corrections

2108 Douglas Ave.

Pensacola, FL 32504

(850) 595-8953


Walton County Law Enforcement Agencies and Facilities

Several local law enforcement agencies operate in Walton County. Police departments in this area include:


DeFuniak Springs Office of the City Marshal and Police Department

355 East Nelson Ave.

Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

(850) 892-8513


Freeport Police Department

112 Hwy 20 West

Freeport, FL 32439

(850) 835-2822


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office typically serves all communities in the area that do not have their own police departments. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has north and south locations:


Walton County Sheriff’s Office North Administration

752 Triple G Rd.

Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

(850) 892-8186


Walton County Sheriff’s Office South Administration

133 Sheriff Dr.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

(850) 267-2000


Walton County Department of Corrections

The Walton County Jail is an accredited 596-bed facility that has an average daily population of 500 inmates. Jail inmate programs include a GED program, welding program, heavy equipment operation program, parenting classes, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification, and a farming program.


Walton Correctional Institution

691 Institution Road

De Funiak Springs, FL 32433

(850) 951-1300

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