VOLUSIA COUNTY MURDER DEFENSE
ATTORNEY KEN LEWIS
Former chief prosecutor of homicide division for Orlando and Osceola Counties
Over 50 murder trials
Over 200 felony trials
Experience in all scientific aspects of a criminal homicide trial
Death penalty trial experience
Stand your ground hearing experience
Why hire attorney Ken Lewis for Volusia County murder defense?
When charged with murder the choosing of a criminal defense attorney for yourself or a loved one is the most important decision of your life and there is no substitute for experience. Attorney Ken Lewis was a homicide prosecutor for 8 years and was the former chief homicide prosecutor for Orange and Osceola Counties. Attorney Ken Lewis has tried numerous high profile Central Florida murder cases such as the Cady Way killings. Ken Lewis has had experience with all murder charges pursuant to Florida Statute 782.04 and has experience in all aspects of Murder litigation. Just a handful of lawyers in Florida have had over 50 murder trials. If you are convicted of first degree murder in Florida the only legal sentence is life in prison with no parole. Are you willing to take that chance?
We represent clients on murder charges in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Flagler, Volusia, Duval, St. Johns, Sumter, Alachua, Brevard, Escambia, Leon, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Bradenton, and Sarasota Counties.
Our first priority is get our client a bond hearing at the earliest possible date. Just because you are not entitled to a bond on most murder charges does not mean that you cannot get one. Attorney Ken Lewis has gotten multiple clients out on bond in murder cases.
Hiring Ken Lewis offers you, the client, several advantages that can and will make a difference in the outcome of your case. An experienced homicide attorney can provide you with distinct advantages at every critical stage of a criminal prosecution: 1) the filing stage 2) pretrial motions 3) negotiating a resolution and 4) trial. Former prosecutor Ken Lewis has had over 50 murder trials and over 200 felony jury trials including robbery, drug trafficking, burglary, and sexual battery.
1) The filing or indictment stage
An experienced homicide attorney, particularly a former prosecutor, is going to have increased ability to recognize weaknesses in a case at the earliest point possible. Bringing those weaknesses to the attention of the prosecutor may cause no charges or less serious charges to be filed. Either way, you win. Attorney Ken Lewis has handled over 100 murder cases and has presented numerous murder cases to the grand jury for indictment.
2) Pretrial motions
An experienced attorney is far more qualified through experience to recognize critical pretrial motions that may be overlooked by someone with less experience. These motions can lead to the dismissal of your case or the suppression of evidence. As a former prosecutor Ken Lewis has dealt with hundreds of pretrial motions. Ken Lewis has litigated numerous Stand Your Ground hearings.
3) Negotiating a resolution
An experienced defense attorney is going to be far more likely to negotiate a more favorable resolution because the prosecutor is far less likely to take a case to trial against an experienced defense attorney he respects. Prosecutors are often judged on their conviction rates and rarely want to take chances on trying a case they think they can lose.
Ken Lewis is one of the most experienced, successful, and respected murder trial attorneys in all of Central Florida.
Trial is never the place to take a chance on a less experienced attorney. A trial involves command of the evidence code, the ability to exploit weaknesses in the state’s case, and trial skills such as effective cross examination and detailed knowledge of forensic science. These essential trial skills are only mastered through experience in the courtroom. Compromising any of these skills can and will make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
Prior to hiring a lawyer, you must ask the question, how many felony jury trials have you had? Follow up that question by asking if they have had success at trial with the kind of case you are hiring them for. Murder cases almost always involve some form of scientific evidence such as: DNA evidence, forensic pathology, cellphone technology, gunshot residue, computer forensics, footprints, blood spatter and serology. If you are hiring an attorney who does not have extensive experience in these areas you are doing yourself a disservice. Attorney Ken Lewis has cross examined and worked with nationally known experts in all areas of forensic science.
If there is any error in the forensic evidence, or areas of forensic evidence the state did not utilize and should have, and your attorney's lack of experience or knowledge doesn’t exploit it, you have made a potentially critical hiring mistake. Failure in a single one of these areas can make a difference in whether you walk away a free man or spend up to the rest of your life in prison. Can you afford to take that chance? Call The Lewis Law Firm now at 407-706-8300 for a free consultation at either our Longwood office or at our office in downtown Orlando.
If you are incarcerated we will come visit you.
Attorney Ken Lewis has experience handling:
An attorney that knows forensic science can poke holes in the State's case that lead to reasonable doubt. DNA evidence, forensic pathology, cellphone technology, gunshot residue, computer forensics, footprints, blood spatter and serology results can make or break your case. As the former chief of the State Attorney's Office homicide unit and as a sex crimes prosecutor for almost 5 years Ken Lewis has dealt with all types of scientific evidence and has cross examined some of the leading forensic scientists in their field. Prosecutors routinely rely on various experts hoping to sway the jury, but far too often, these experts are less than qualified, have used questionable methods or have reached faulty conclusions. If you are hiring an attorney who does not have extensive experience in forensic science you are doing yourself a disservice.
Where many attorneys might read a forensic report and move forward under the presumption that everything is accurate, I break down this evidence thoroughly to bolster my clients' cases. I have the knowledge and experience in scientific method to break down this evidence, and find errors that can potentially alter the outcome of your case.
My knowledge of forensics benefits my clients in a variety of ways:
DNA evidence: This is perhaps the most critical piece of forensic evidence in the modern criminal trial. Everything from murder to petty theft often comes down to DNA evidence left at the scene of the crime.
Toxicology reports: Toxicology comes into play to determine the levels of intoxicants in suspects' or victims' systems, and toxicology comes into play in other criminal cases as well.
Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS): This forensic method is used commonly in drug cases as well as in OVI cases involving blood or urine tests. It is used to detect and identify substances as well as quantify the amount of drug or substance present.
Forensic pathology: Understanding the medical examiner's report and the medical conclusions is vital to successful defense of murder cases. I ask the "why" and "how" questions so that I can present an effective defense at trial. I will consult with the medical examiner who did the autopsy as well as obtain an independent review and/or get second opinions where called upon to do so. I have cross examined the top forensic pathologists including the world renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht.
Abusive head trauma and multiple fractures: Successful defense of these types of cases requires a solid understanding of the medical processes involved, including things such as brain hemorrhages, dural rebleeds, contrecoup effect, venous thrombosis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, rickets, classic metaphyseal lesions and more. Ken Lewis has tried multiple child homicides and has worked with numerous experts regarding Shaken Baby syndrome.
Fingerprints: I have worked closely with fingerprint experts in many cases. I am familiar with the importance of obtaining a second opinion when it comes to "subjective" forensic sciences such as fingerprints and handwriting analysis.
Gunshot residue and distance determination: These tests are often instrumental in eliminating a suspect or establishing self defense.
These are just a few of the important aspects of forensics I handle in my practice. My experience and knowledge provide benefit in understanding complex scientific evidence, cross-examination of expert witnesses and other important aspects of criminal defense.
I challenge everything. Working with a private investigator and a team of forensic experts, I leave no stone unturned. If there is any error in the forensic evidence, I will find it.
*Do not even consider hiring an attorney on a murder case without asking them how many murder trials they have tried. Very few lawyers in Florida have tried more murder cases than attorney Ken Lewis.