Robert Wesley was elected Public Defender of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in November 2000. His entire professional career has been spent in the criminal justice system and he has practiced criminal defense law in Central Florida since 1984. Wesley worked as a parole officer before attending law school and holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University, with Honors.
He is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer and capital case qualified under the Rules of the Florida Supreme Court.
Wesley served as an Assistant Public Defender under Orange/Osceola Public Defender Joe DuRocher. He left the office to open his successful criminal defense law practice. He has been Executive Director of the Florida Supreme Court’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission and Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Resource Center.
Wesley is active in the community serving on the Habitat for Humanity Family Selection Committee, and volunteering for Teen Court. He has served as a member of his church’s vestry and is a church usher. He is a member of the Orlando Rotary Club and Orlando Touchdown Club. He is a participating board member for the Center for Drug Free Living – Osceola County, Good News Jail and Prison Ministry President’s Council, and Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council. He is elected to the Executive Council of the Orlando Branch of the NAACP, as a life member of that organization.
Professional associations include: Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Hispanic Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Fellow – The Florida Bar Foundation, Florida Public Defenders Association, California Public Defenders Association, Life member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He participates in regulating the conduct of lawyers as a member of the Florida Bar – 9A Grievance Committee. He is a member of various statutory commissions and serves on the Orange County Jail Oversight Commission, and Central Florida Receiving Center Governing Board.