Your cell phone is a tracking device

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Experienced State and Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
The Cape 239-984-4994
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Charlotte 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506

June 2018

They know where you have been

• Most people don’t have a clue that the cell phone in their pocket is a tracking device. The Supreme Court this week decided a case that requires the police to get a search warrant to get the tracking location information from your provider. The problem is, the police have been doing this for years without a warrant. That is how they put suspects at the scene of a murder, a hit and run, a burglary or a robbery. The cell phone companies know your every move and the police know they can get the information from the cell phone companies.

As a Ft. Myers criminal defense lawyer, in many of my serious cases, I learned that the detectives have gotten this information. How they obtained it may have been illegal or improper and the new Supreme Court opinion will help us in defending cases that involve cell phone data. Some of the departments have been getting search warrants, and some have not.

In a Charlotte county case, a few years back, they put my client at the scene of an aggravated battery by using cell phone tracking data. They claimed that he made a call to an old girlfriend who was in bed with someone else while he standing outside the house. That type of information and evidence is damaging. The jury found him not guilty anyway on other grounds, but the fact that the police can put a person at the scene of a crime with cell phone tracking data hurts.

The Cape Coral police routinely use cell phone tracking data to put people at the scene of a drug deal,a robbery or a sexual assault. If you are texting or talking on the phone while driving, and hit someone and take off, they can put you at the scene at that very moment if they have your cell phone data. Big Brother really does know where you are, and law enforcement has a fantastic tool to really build a solid case. If you are under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s department or detectives from the Cape Coral, Leheigh or the City of Ft. Myers, talk to a good criminal defense lawyer before making any statement.

Keep your mouth shut and lawyer up. It may only be a matter of time until the police come knocking if they get your cell phone information. It is a lot easier to talk to a lawyer before you are arrested.

Do I really need a lawyer? Why not just take the ERC offer?

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Experienced State and Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
The Cape 239-984-4994
Charlotte 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley

June 22 2018

If you get arrested in Lee County, either in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers or Leheigh, and your offense is a third degree felony or serious misdemeanor, if you do not immediately bond out, you will be taken before a judge within 24 hours. At that first appearance, you may be told that your case qualifies for ERC. That means you could be going to Early Resolution Court. You may be told that you do not need a lawyer and be advised to just “save your money” and take the deal they offer you. That really helps the judges and prosecutors because it makes the cases go quickly and reduces their workload. The truth is that, ERC may or may not help you or be in your best interest.

You may be offered “probation” at the early resolution court hearing. Although that may sound like a good deal, chances are, at the time you are offered that, you probably have not had an opportunity to have had a one on one meeting with the public defender or any lawyer. People often see the public defender for the first and only time in the courtroom. They may only get seconds with the public defender before having to make an important decision that can change their life. Probation may sound good, but it can be a trap. What if you are genuinely not guilty? What if it was someone else’s drugs? What if you really did not commit the crime? What if you are an addict or an alcoholic? What if you had a prescription for the drugs? What if you were only defending yourself? What if the arresting officer lied about why he stopped you? What if it was an illegal search?

If you take a plea deal and give up a good defense, it may be the biggest mistake of your life.

At our criminal defense office we handle probation violations and all too often, by the time people get to us, they have already given up a good defense, taken probation and now violated. Most lawyers, including the ones at our criminal defense office do not charge for an initial consultation. There is no downside to talking to a real good criminal lawyer before you make an important decision. A bad decision may have resulted in you getting arrested. Don’t make another bad decision and give up important rights without talking to a lawyer.
Our Constitution provides that you have a right to an attorney. The law says that “if you cannot afford one, one will be appointed for you”. The simple fact however is that all lawyers are not created equal. Doctors are not the same. Where would you go if you were really sick? Would you want to go to a really good doctor you selected or take your chances at the Public Health Clinic? That is a no brainer. You should always talk to a good qualified experienced lawyer.

What is ERC? Do I really need a criminal defense lawyer?

Sean C. O’Halloran
Experienced State and Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Main Office: Ft Myers, Florida
239-334-8890

June 18 2018

If you get arrested in Ft. Myers, arrested in Cape Coral or arrested in Lee County and you go before a Judge, you may be told that your case qualifies for ERC. Most people do not know what that means. The public defender may tell you that you do not need to hire a lawyer and that ERC is an easy and quick way to end your case. They may tell you that it is the best way to resolve your case.

Here are the facts!

ERC means Early Resolution Court. That may or may not be a good thing. On a positive note, that is an indication that your felony charge is not one of the more serious ones. It might be something like possession of cocaine, grand theft shoplifting, or the illegal use of a credit card or some type of felony battery. Some “plea bargains” are not really bargains. The State may be offering you probation on a charge that they were never going to file anyway. They may be offering you “Diversion” on a case they were going to have to drop. For example, if you were in a car that was illegally stopped, and if the police found some weed or pills in the car, they may have arrested everyone in the car. The prosecutor may realize that he has no case because of an illegal search and seizure or, he may realize that if there was more than one person in the car he has no proof the drugs were yours. It is easy for him to get you locked into some type of probation by offering you probation at ERC.

The number one reason people get arrested in Ft. Myers is for a probation violation. Probation for some people is a trap. For some people, there is no way they are going to make it. If you have an addiction, you are not going to make it. You will get violated. The Early Resolution Court makes the criminal justice system less crowded, and in some instances, if your case is hopeless, it may sound like a good way to go…but…you really should talk to a real lawyer.

Initial consultations are free with most law offices. Call before you make a decision. If you jump on the first deal they offer, you may regret it down the road. There is an old saying that a person should “look before they leap”. If you have not had a private one on one conversation with the public defender about the individual facts of your particular case, how can you make an intelligent decision? Our firm represents people on probation violations all the time. Sometimes, by the time they get to us they have already entered a plea and given up great defenses. You need to talk to a good lawyer before you take a deal….not when it is too late.

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Big Sex Sting Investigation in Ft. Myers

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Experienced Sex Crime Criminal Defense Attorneys
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
The Cape 239-984-4994
Se habla espanol
Charlotte 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506

May 22 2018

Big Sex Sting Investigation in Ft. Myers

Just when you thought the sex sting investigations were beginning to slow down several more Florida Counties ran them this past week.

In Lee, eighteen men were arrested and in Sarasota, it looks like another eight were arrested in a gay sex sting targeting Grinder participants.

The Sting in Lee is the “same old same old” where very experienced undercover chatters rope in the guys with sexual innuendo. News Flash Guys! There are no real young girls or boys who want to get it on with old men. It is always a cop. Over and over men fall for the same old ploy. The girl pretends to be of legal age and then the chatter switches it to 14 or 15. Never, no never, chat with anyone underage about anything, much less sex. The Sarasota operation was one where the undercover chatters on the gay site pose as “twinks” trying to lure in older guys.

The real question in most of the cases is “who is doing the real soliciting”?

As a sex sting lawyer I have handled over 40 of the sex sting cases. Did you ever notice that they only run the sex stings in Counties where the Sheriff is an elected official? For example, where the chief law enforcement officer is appointed and not elected there are no stings. The stings are great for the Sheriff. He can go on television telling the voters he is keeping children safe. There are real predators out there but most of them are too smart to fall for these stings. What the police usually get are gullible insecure men, often mentally challenged or autistic. The real smart predators don’t fall for the pitch. The sex stings are fishing for sharks but catching grunts. The sad thing is, unlike fishing, they don’t throw the by catch back. Everyone gets prosecuted. It will be interesting to follow the Ft. Myers cases to conclusion. What the public never hears is how the police often entrap otherwise shy gullible men into doing something they were not predisposed to do. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. Never chat with a minor! Never send an explicit pic of your penis! No 14 year old girl is impressed with some old guy’s junk, but the cops are. Sending a penis pic to a minor will get you convicted, put in State prison and make you a sex offender for life. Think twice!

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Trump just signed Fosta law targeting human trafficking

Attorney Peter D Aiken
Sex Crimes Attorney
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Ft. Myers 239-334-8890

On Wednesday, President Trump signed the Fosta law making it illegal for Internet companies to allow ads that facilitate prostitution.

This is just seven days after the men running Backpage.com were arrested. Some of them are already pleading guilty. That put an end to their 100 million dollar business. Craigslist has already taken down their personals. The escorts in Ft. Myers now are going to have to find another way to advertise. They will be forced back into the bars and pick up place and onto the “Dark Web” where the sites are hosted overseas on in Countries without extradition. A 100 million dollar business is not going to just go away, it will just go underground.

As a sex crime lawyer I expect to see the people running the escort sites arrested and prosecuted in the very near future. There are First Amendment issues involved in the new law. It is imposing criminal liability for what someone else posts on a site. The prostitutes are not going to go away. They will just go to Facebook, Twitter and the other social media sites and more carefully word their posts. They will be on the dating sites like “Meetme”.

The new law is going to really take away a major law enforcement tool. Grady Judd is going to lose his ability to run sex stings by having his undercover detectives post on the sites. The law in one respect is good but in another bad. Go online today and type in “Ft. Myers Escorts”. Make a list of the sites you see. I am willing to bet than in ninety days, 90% of them will be out of business. This is going to push the “working girls” back into the bars and on the streets. The law was widely supported because it takes a bite out of the human trafficking business. I have advocated for years that a better solution would be to legalize and regulate prostitution in Florida. They don’t call it the oldest profession for nothing

Police K-9 bites Autistic Teen

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
The Cape 239-984-4994
Charlotte 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506

April 5 2018

Police regularly use K-9 partners to track and apprehend suspects who have fled the scene of a crime or done something illegal. In North Carolina this week, the police were called to help locate an autistic child that had gone missing. The police K-9 was allowed to smell his pillow and then released to track the child. The dog found him near the back yard and attacked and mauled the child. This was a horrible misuse of a trained attack K-9. It hardly ever makes the news but police K-9 dogs often bite suspects.

Years ago, on the East Coast of Florida, I did some research on a K-9 dog named Thor. He had been equipped with steel teeth. I found that in an 18 month period, the dog had hospitalized over a dozen suspects. In that case, the handler, had allowed the dog to bite every time he did a track. He did that to hone the basic animalistic tracking instinct. In other words, he let the dog bite the prey as a reward for a good track.

The dog in the North Carolina case should never have been let off leash. Police K-9 dogs are trained go bite and grab and hold. We have all seen the news report training videos where the dog is allowed to attack another officer wearing padded garb. If you have been arrested and a K-9 was deployed and bit you, let me hear about it. I am trying to gather statistics on the number of times police dogs are allowed to bite a suspect.
How many times was the dog allowed to bite?
Did you sustain stitches? Did it get infected?
Were you charged with fleeing and eluding or battery on a police officer (k-9 partner)?

As a criminal defense lawyer, I have found over the years that when a person arrested has to be transported to the hospital, the police to justify the physical injuries often charge a phony charge of resisting or battery to justify what they have done. Let me know if this has happened to you

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What if I Panicked and Left after an Accident?

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
The Cape 239-984-4994
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Charlotte 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506

There is a media push right now encouraging people to stay at the scene of an automobile accident. Florida has over ninety thousand hit and runs, many involving death. The problem is, that if you are reading this blog, it is probably too late. The simple fact is, people sometimes, after an accident, freak out and leave. It may be because their license is suspended. It may be because they were drinking and are afraid of a DUI. It may be because they don’t have insurance or are driving someone else’s car. It may be because they are on probation for something else or because they have alcohol or drugs in their system. The Florida Highway patrol often runs ads encouraging you to come forward and “turn yourself in”. This is particularly true when there is a death. Confession may be good for the soul but it can land your body in State prison. Even if the guilt is eating you up, talk to a good experienced criminal defense lawyer first. Sadly, many Hispanic people because of our immigration laws have not been able to get a driver’s license. They may have been driving without a license. They may be afraid of remaining at the scene of an accident fearing deportation. If your license was suspended or you did not have a license, and you fled or left the scene, talk to us before turning yourself in. Under our criminal justice system, you have a right to remain silent.
If you live in Ft. Myers or Cape Coral and need to speak with a Spanish speaking lawyer, call and ask for Bob Foley. Bob, one of the partners, is a former FBI agent and he speaks fluent Spanish. We have offices both in Ft. Myers and in the Cape.

There may be an answer to your legal problem.

Do not try and fix it yourself.

If you were arrested and have bonded out and are afraid to go to Court because of an immigration issue or afraid of ICE, give us a call. We may be able to help you through your legal problem.

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Police Prostitution Stings….Who is soliciting Whom?

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
The Cape 239-984-4994
Charlotte 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506

Under the guise of stopping crime, the police are actually creating a crime. Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. In most of the advanced civilized countries, it is legal. Here in Florida it is not. The police routinely run “Sex stings” where undercover detectives pose as women offering sex for money. The stings are basically two types. On the one hand, many of the municipalities will have undercover female officers walking the street, winking, waving and flirting with passing motorists. When a prospective “john” stops, they engage them with sexual innuendo and try and entice the many to offer money. This ends in an arrest, public embarrassment, a prosecution and a statistic for the police department.

The other type of “sex sting” involves the Internet. The “pimp” like you used to see in the movies has been replaced by a computer or a smart phone. Women routinely offer sex on “Craigslist Casual Encounters” or sites like Backpage.com. These are not poor victimized women, the victims of human trafficking. They mostly are women who have made a conscious choice to engage in sex for money. That has been happening for all of time. When the police run an Internet prostitution sting, the police will post an ad, an absolute solicitation for sex in exchange for money. When the man responds, he is invited, usually to a hotel, where he is arrested. The truth is, it is the police that are soliciting for prostitution, not the man. The man is merely accepting the solicitation of the undercover detective. This is an enormous waste of law enforcement resources. The police create a crime that would not have otherwise happened.These arrests ruin lives. This makes no sense whatsoever

The answer is to legalize prostitution. It already is in some places here in the United States. What is the difference between a man wining and dining a woman, spending money on her, making a bunch of false promises about affection or feelings or simply paying her for sex. Prostitution is one of the most honest relationships a man and woman can have. The woman wants his money and the man wants sex. In that situation, no one is victimizing anyone. It is truly a victimless crime, unless one of them is a cop. Then they make it a crime and ruin lives.

Legalizing prostitution would eliminate human trafficking. If prostitution was legal, if you could go to a safe place, pay money and have safe sex, who would take a chance with some illegal hooker or brothel. If prostitution was legal, if it was regulated, the women would have health exams, there would not be street hookers (most of whom have aids or are drug addicts) and it would be safe. Men have been paying for sex (one way or another) for all of human history. It is part of evolution. Studies have shown that female chimpanzees will grant sexual favors for fruit and protection. Many professionals, many people who have time consuming careers, many people who are workaholics, simply don’t have time, or want, a permanent relationship. Sexual needs and desires are hardwired into our very beings. Sex is a natural instinct that when denied, creates social issues. Legalizing prostitution would cut down on real sex crimes like rape or child molestation. Legalizing prostitution would actually reduce crime. The truth, which no one wants to hear, or acknowledge, is that it is the police that are doing the soliciting. It is the police that are creating a crime. It is the police that are enforcing an archaic and unfair law.
Don’t fall for the hype and press reposts…..Contact your legislator now….Legalize prostitution

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