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Criminal Defense

Ted W. Weeks, III, P.A. provides comprehensive criminal defense services to clients in Central Florida. With over 35 years of criminal law experience, we have decades of trial experience and a wealth of legal knowledge regarding the constitutional rights of defendants and Florida criminal procedure. When a defendant's constitutional rights have been violated during the initial detention and search, while in custody or under arrest, or in the post-arrest interrogation, we may be able to get the charges dismissed, evidence suppressed, or obtain an acquittal at trial. In situations where a conviction cannot be avoided, we can help you seek reduced or alternative sentencing, especially if it is your first conviction.

Felony Charges

Mr. Weeks has the criminal defense experience to defend you against even the most serious state felony charges, including homicide charges. Felony charges carry significant penalties upon conviction, making the stakes much higher and requiring thorough preparation prior to trial. In many cases, the prosecution must rely on both physical and circumstantial evidence, often in the form of witness testimony, to seek a conviction. We conduct an independent investigation of every client's case to expose evidentiary weaknesses that can facilitate a favorable result at trial.

Among the most prevalent criminal offenses in Florida are those related to drug abuse, distribution, and trafficking. Florida's drug laws can be unforgiving, giving a trial judge the discretion to hand down severe penalties. Prosecutors will often seek the maximum sentence available under the law for defendants that lack experienced defense counsel. Mr. Weeks is familiar with many of Central Florida's prosecutors and judges, often negotiating with them to obtain a fair sentence that affords clients the opportunity to treat their addiction and achieve a life free of criminal involvement. Even if you have prior convictions, we can present a favorable case that minimizes the sentence you receive.

Misdemeanor Charges

Many criminal defendants facing misdemeanor charges may think that a good lawyer is not necessary because the potential sentencing is less significant than felony sentences. However, in Florida, a misdemeanor conviction can still carry considerable fines and a lengthy prison sentence. Even after you have served your sentence, your criminal record may prevent you from getting a job or a professional license. We offer the criminal defense representation you need to minimize the negative impact of a misdemeanor charge or conviction.

We have extensive experience representing clients facing misdemeanor driving under the influence (DUI) charges. Clients arrested for DUI not only face the threat of conviction, but the likelihood of losing their driver's license for an extended period of time. Mr. Weeks can help you retain your license if possible, while helping you obtain a temporary work permit in the event a suspension is unavoidable. Florida has stringent DUI penalties. However, these guidelines are subject to wide discretion by the trial judge, who may decide each sentence based on the defendant's unique circumstances. We regularly present compelling arguments to influence this discretion in our client's favor.

Seek Experienced Criminal Defense Representation

If you are under investigation or facing criminal charges in Florida state court, you need an attorney with extensive criminal defense experience. Contact Ted W. Weeks, III, P.A. today for a consultation. Mr. Weeks has over three decades of trial experience in Florida's criminal courts and will handle your case personally.