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
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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

Aiken O’Halloran and Banyai Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys

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

My name is Sean C. O’Halloran, I am a partner and trial attorney with the law firm of Aiken, O’Halloran and Banyai.

I have lived in Fort Myers since 1973. I graduated high school from Bishop Verot in 1992 and received my undergraduate degree from Florida State University. I graduated from law school in 1999 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in April of 2000.

After being admitted to the Bar, I worked at the State Attorney’s Office prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases for three (3) years.
I handled misdemeanor cases in Charlotte County, including misdemeanor DUI’s, domestic violence batteries, petit thefts, driver’s license offenses and fish and game violations. I tried dozens of cases in Charlotte County and eventually took over the juvenile prosecutor’s position before moving to take on felony matters in Fort Myers.

As a felony prosecutor in Fort Myers, I tried dozens of cases including multiple murder trials, firearm related offenses, drug violations, robberies, and aggravated battery allegations.

After gaining trial experience from the State Attorney’s Office, my partner and I established the law firm of Aiken, O’Halloran & Associates early in 2004.

Our law firm today, Aiken, O’Halloran and Banyai in Ft Myers, Punta Gorda and Sarasota Florida represents people charged with all types of State and Federal criminal offenses. We are trial attorneys with the experience to defend people arrested in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota and Manatee Counties with (3) convenient offices.

Ft. Myers – Lee County
2257 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-334-8890
Fax: 239-334-2847

Punta Gorda – Charlotte County
214 Wood Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone: 941-639-6009
Fax: 941-366-3568

Sarasota – Sarasota and Manatee Counties
2060 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: 941-366-3506
Fax: 941-366-3568

In addition to our trial experience, our office focuses on thoroughly investigating your cases in an effort to defend you. Regularly, we use and investigator to take statements on our client’s behalf, question witnesses involved in an arrest and collect evidence to support appropriate defenses. Often this results in our office having an opportunity to present our client’s defenses to a Prosecutor prior to a filing decision being made by the State Attorney’s Office. In this way, we are able to resolve many cases without charges being filed, or negotiate a resolution to a reduced charge for a more reasonable sentence.
I encourage you to compare my qualifications and experience with any other criminal defense attorney in my geographic area. Don’t be fooled by attorneys who tell you what you want to hear.

Bar Admissions
• Florida, 2000
• U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2005
Education
• Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida
o J.D.
• Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
o B.A. – 1996
o Major: Communication Management
o Major: Business Management
Professional Associations and Memberships
• Florida Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2006 – 2008
Past Employment Positions
• State Atty. Office, Lee County, Assistant State Attorney, 2000 – 2002
• State Atty. Office, Charlotte County, Assistant State Attorney, 2002 – 2003

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Heroin Cases on the Rise in 2015

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Heroin Cases on the Rise
As I predicted two years ago, heroin addiction and heroin prosecutions have skyrocketed in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota County. There were thousands of people who for various reasons became addicted to opiates like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycodone. In past years the addiction led to doctor shopping and the explosion of pain management clinics. When the State cracked down on the pain clinics and tightened up the laws and established the state wide data base for prescriptions, many of the addicts could no longer get their supply from pharmacies. The net result was the heroin filled the gap and many people who could no longer get the opiate pills switched to shooting up on heroin. Now those people are getting prosecuted and there has been an explosion of prosecutions for possession of heroin, sale of heroin and trafficking in heroin. The penalties are huge and many people face mandatory sentences in State prison.
What do I do if I am arrested for a heroin charge?
By the time you or a loved one reads this, withdrawal has probably already set in. If you bonded out and you are an addict you need to get medical help immediately. If you continue to use while on bond and get arrested, your bail bond will be revoked and you will sit in jail cold turkey and have many tough days. I may be able to solve your legal problem but only you can solve the immediate problem which is your addiction. You cannot do it alone, Get help now.
Should I take a plea deal?
Unless you address the chemical dependency issue you are setting yourself up for failure by pleading and taking probation. If you are a heroin addict, and are not in remission, your probation is almost certain to be violated. More people get arrested for a probation violation in Ft. Myers and Sarasota than for any other reason. As a criminal defense lawyer and a drug lawyerI have learned that you have to think ahead. Probation is a trap for an addict. We may be able to get you into drug court where you can get help with your addiction. If you successfully complete the drug court program you criminal charge will be dropped and you will not end up being a convicted felon. If you have been arrested in Ft. Myers for a drug charge like possession of heroin or possession of an opiate, call today for a free consultation. You can reach us at our Ft. Myers criminal defense office at 239 334 8890
If you have been arrested in Bradenton or Sarasota call Peter D Aiken at 941 366 3506 today
Our firm also handles drug trafficking cases in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee County

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Punta Gorda Office 941-639-6009

Fort Myers 239-334-8890

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Central West and SW Florida Violent Crimes Defense Lawyers

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Central West and SW Florida Violent Crimes Lawyers

No Case Is Hopeless
With 30 years experience defending those accused of murder, manslaughter, rape and aggravated battery the criminal defense attorneys at Aiken, O’Halloran & Associates have observed that there are two sides to every story in almost every case.
A person accused of murder, homicide or manslaughter may have acted in self-defense, defending themselves or a loved one under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. An armed robbery charge may result from a false accusation or drug deal gone bad.
Rape is a crime of violence.
If you have been charged with rape or a sex crime, you may feel everyone has abandoned you. We are not here to judge you, we are here to defend you.
Often violence occurs in the context of a family dispute between a husband and wife, brothers or children and their parents. Unfortunately, juveniles may find themselves accused of armed robbery or strong armed robbery as a part of gang involvement.
Murder, Homicide and Rape Defense Lawyers
Our experienced Central West and SW Florida violent crimes attorneys will thoroughly investigate the charges against you and locate witnesses to help your defense. Every eyewitness testimony is subject to attack. We will leave no stone unturned in your defense. Our dedicated, determined defense team will:
• Try to get your bond reduced
• Work towards getting charges reduced or dropped
• Locate and interview key witnesses
• Review and analyze the state’s case
• Argue facts supporting your innocence
Call our lawyers today Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota 941-366-3506

Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Charlotte, Lee and Collier 239-334-8890 or contact us online for a free in-person or telephone consultation.

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LEY DE DROGAS DE FLORIDA DECLARADO INCONSTITUCION

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LEY DE DROGAS DE FLORIDA DECLARADO INCONSTITUCION
Si usted ha sido acusado de un delito de posesión de drogas, debe de estar muy seguro que su abogado defensor de Ft. Myers sabe sobre la nueva sentencia judicial del Tribunal Federal que sostiene el Estatuto 893.13 de la Florida inconstitucional.  Esta nueva sentencia judicial del Tribunal Federal encontró  inválido el Estatuto de la Florida. Si usted ha sido acusado de la posesión actual o constructiva de sustancia controlada su abogado debería archivar un movimiento que ataca el estatuto inmediatamente. La opinión Federal en Shelton v Secretaria del Departamento de Correcciones en Orlando sólo la semana pasada decidio que no es inmediatament vinculante para los tribunals estatales pero un buen Abogado de Defensa Criminal debería abordarlo ahora para permitir que usted tenga acceso a los Tribunales Federales más tarde.
La ley de la Florida elimina el requisito de conocimiento para la posesión de drogas  y crea la responsabilidad criminal estricta de actos inocentes.  El Tribunal Federal encontró que la ley de la Florida viola el debido proceso porque esto regula la conducta inocente.  Si usted ha sido acusado en el Condado de Lee, Charlotte, Manatee o Sarasota por la posesión de marihuana, posesión de la cocaína o posesión de una sustancia controlada, tiene que estar seguro que le pregunte a su abogado defensor sobre esta nueva sentencia judicial.  Si él es inconsciente de esta sentencia judicial, hay que traerla a su atención.  Nuestros abogados defensores de Ft Myers y Sarasota siguen y cumplin con la ley en estrecha colaboración y buscan constantemente modos de luchar contra su caso aun si esto significa una petición a los Tribunales Federales.
Si le gustaria saber más sobre esta nueva sentencia judicial y como esto podría afectar su caso, llame nuestros abogados experimentados penalistas del condado de Lee hoy.  Usted puede ir a nuestro sitio de la red y examinar los perfiles de nuestros abogados antes de tomar una decisión para contratar  un abogado para defender su caso.  Si usted usa el Defensor Público tiene que estar seguro y preguntar sobre como este caso puede afectarle.
Si usted ha sido acusado de la posesión de oxycontin o la posesión de hydrocodone puede que usted tenga que responder a acusaciones de tráfico de drogas con penas minimas pero obligatorias y severas. Esté seguro que su abogado sabe la ley.  La mayor parte del tiempo, la experiencia debería ser un factor que usted debería considerar antes de contratar a un abogado penalista.
Ofrecemos una consulta gratis si usted ha sido acusado de un delito en el Condado de Lee, detenido en Punta Gorda o acusado de un delito en el condado de Charlotte, Manatee o Sarasota.  Llame hoy y habla sobre su caso con un abogado sin costo a usted.  Sólo porque ha sido detenido no significa que es culpable. Usted si tiene  derechos y la ley es compleja.  Actue hoy y hable con uno de nuestros abogados penalistas experimentados. Call Sean O’Halloran at Aiken and O’Halloran of Lee County today 239-334-8890

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