Hard time for Irma Crimes

Aiken and O’Halloran
SW Fl Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
Charlotte 941-639-6009
Sarasota 941-366-3506
All Counties in Florida:
941-366-3506

In the wake of hurricane Irma there is going to be a spike in arrests for crimes like burglary, dealing in stolen property and unlicensed contracting in counties like Lee, Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota.

There is an old saying that says “desperate people do desperate things”.

Many people who lived week to week are now out of a job. Many people lost equipment and the temporary ability to earn a living. We are now on the road to recovery from Irma but there are still lingering effects of the storm. There have been arrests for price gouging during and immediately after the storm and there are going to be more arrests for unlicensed contracting in the next several weeks and months. There will be an increase in property crimes as people try and survive the hard times. If you or a relative have been arrested we may be able to help you avoid the consequences of a bad decision. Sadly, good people sometimes do bad things and a crisis can lead to a bad choice. Writing a worthless check or credit card fraud may have been what you had to do to survive, but it may have gotten you arrested. The State attorney has a lot of latitude is deciding what charge to file and how to resolve your case. As criminal defense lawyers in Sarasota ,Lee, Manatee and Charlotte, our job is to help you through these hard times. Restitution and probation are alternatives to jail. You don’t want to end up with a felony conviction as a result of an act done in desperation. If you made a mistake and need the legal help of a criminal defense lawyer, call us. Initial consultations are free

The Public Defender is swamped and most of the lawyers in the Public Defender’s office are overworked and underpaid. Hiring your own private lawyer may cost you a few bucks, but in the long run, may make a huge difference in the outcome. If you had a major illness, would you want to go to the public health clinic or your own doctor? Experience and hard work can make a difference in the outcome of a criminal case. Getting a good result is not an accident. There are immigration consequences to felony convictions and you cannot afford to run the risk of deportation.

If you want to talk, give us a call in:
Ft. Myers at 239 334 8890

Punta Gorda at 941 634 6009

Sarasota at 941 366 3506