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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A parent’s worst nightmare is the call from their straight A college student or underage student on Summer Break that he has been arrested in Florida for an offense that can destroy his or her career before it starts. Each year, hundreds of college kids are arrested in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Lee County for offenses at the beach at resorts, dance clubs and after hours parties. Usually the arrests start out for some minor offense like open container, misdemeanor marijuana possession or public physical altercation. Sometimes, off duty police officers work at the bars and even the slightest resistance will result in an arrest for resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, or worse yet resisting arrest with violence. If there is a physical altercation the officers will often charge a major felony such as battery on a police officer. A simple night of fun, socializing and sometimes drinking can be a life altering experience for your child or young adult. As an experienced criminal defense law firm we handle numerous student crimes including offenses such as using a false identification. This charge can be filed as either a simple misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances. Something as simple as changing the date on a driver’s license can result in your child being charged with a felony. Another charge such as possession of marijuana , heroin or designer drugs can result in a blemish to your child’s future employment opportunities not to mention a possible two year loss of a drivers license. The reality is that unless even minor charges are handled correctly you child’s future can be ruined. If your child is arrested, do not let him plead guilty simply to get it over with. There may be valid defenses and as criminal defense lawyers we may be able to beat the case or get him into some alternative program that will result in the charges being dropped. Our criminal defense firm may be able to have his arrest record expunged so in the future a Google search or a public records search may not disclose it. We live in the age of the Internet and a simple indiscretion now needs to be addressed properly. If your child is charged with DUI, you need to have good representation because it may result in a jail sentence and for sure will affect your insurance rates and reputation.
Contact Peter Aiken at Aiken , O’Halloran and Associates at our Sarasota County Criminal Defense Law Firm 941-366-3506or our Lee County Criminal Defense Firm for a free consultation 239-334-8890. Call us 24/7. We take all major credit cards. We may be able to resolve your student’s case without him or her ever having to come back to Florida.
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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
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If you have suffered the embarrassment of being arrested in a store or mall for shoplifting, theft, larceny or grand theft, call our office today Sarasota 941-366-3506, Fort Myers 239-334-8890 or contact us online. If you have a loved one in jail…we can arrange to go talk with them today
Do not wait until arraignment.
Do not wait for a court date. The prosecutor will decide within days whether or not to file a charge against you. We may be able to convince the state attorney to drop or dismiss the charge or we may be able to get you into a pretrial diversion program. If you wait, you may miss an opportunity to get your case resolved without going to court. Sarasota and Fort Myers Larceny Defense Lawyer
There are valid defenses to shoplifting. It may have been on accident.
Some people, as they get older become absentminded or careless. You may have put an item in your purse or pocket by accident. You may have simply overlooked something in your shopping cart and left the store without paying for it. A price tag may have fallen off or in some instances been accidentally switched. Contact our Sarasota criminal defense lawyers or Fort Myers criminal defense attorneys today and discuss what happened in your case.
We are not here to judge you — we are here to help you.
If you were charged with grand theft because the items were worth over $300, such as in the case of auto theft, we can still help. Grand theft is a felony that will follow you for the rest of your life. Our criminal defense attorneys may be able to get the charges reduced or in some instances dropped or dismissed.
Our attorneys may be able to see the store video and prove that it was all a big mistake. You may have been arrested simply because you were with someone else who took something. You do have options.
• Pretrial diversion
• Withheld adjudication (no conviction)
• Formal apology to the store
If we can get your case dismissed, we may be able to get your arrest record cleared, sealed or expunged. Even if you got caught stealing, we may be able to ultimately get your case dropped or wipe it out.
Even if you got caught stealing, we may be able to ultimately get your case dropped or wipe it out. Call our Sarasota shoplifting defense attorneysAiken O’Halloran and Associates today at 941-366-3506 or Fort Myers 239-334-8890 contact us online for a free in person or telephone confidential consultation
If you have a loved one in jail…we can arrange to go talk with them today