State and Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Peter D Aiken in Sarasota Florida

State and Federal Criminal Defense Attorney  Peter D Aiken 941-366-3506
State and Federal
Criminal Defense Attorney
Peter D Aiken

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I am a fourth generation Floridian. My undergraduate degree is in accounting from the University of South Carolina. After graduation, I served in the United States Treasury Department as a special agent with the Intelligence Divisions. The enforcement training regimen consisted of basic training in Federal Criminal Investigation, which included techniques of interrogation, surveillance, photography, forensics and report writing. Specialized training included investigating and prosecuting Federal Criminal Tax Violations. Formal legal training included a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami. After joining the Department of Justice, I served for several years as a trial attorney in the US Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida handling a wide range of Federal violations including tax prosecutions, drug prosecutions, firearms prosecutions, and other Federal violations. I left the United States Attorney’s Office to join the firm of Cohen and Hogan then located on South Beach. At the time, Cohen and Hogan was one of the best known criminal defense firms in Miami, specializing in complex Federal criminal litigation involving wiretaps, racketeering, and major fraud cases.

In 1974, I moved my practice from Miami, Florida to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where as a sole practitioner expanded my practice to include State criminal defense. I practiced in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from 1974 to 2002. During that period of time, I developed one of the largest Federal criminal practices in Broward County and represented people throughout the United States in various Federal venues. Many of these cases were complex multi-defendant conspiracies. My Federal Trial experience includes jury trials in Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; New York City; Cleveland, Ohio; Florence, South Carolina; Georgia; Virginia and North Carolina and handled relating proceedings in other states, including Mississippi; Michigan; Illinois and Massachusetts. My admissions to the Appellate venues include the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court. I am at this time a member of the bar of four (4) states including Florida, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. In terms of trial experience, I have participated in approximately 200 jury trials encompassing almost every conceivable type of criminal violation, including homicide, drug violations, conspiracy, racketeering, firearms violation, securities violation, wire and mail fraud, wildlife violations, income tax fraud, sales tax fraud, employment tax fraud, high seas violations, explosives violations, embezzlement, theft, counterfeiting and forgery, labor law and racketeering violations, bribery and smuggling. Over the years, my clients have included a congressman, a number of judges, politicians, and people from every walk of life from the clergy to the homeless. As a Federal criminal practitioner, I have also extensively represented witnesses and targets before Federal grand juries and in that capacity, over the years, represented numerous organized crime figures involved in gambling, extortion, prostitution, loan sharking, and racketeering.

In 2002, I expanded my practice to include the Southwest Coast of Florida and formed a partnership with Sean C. O’Halloran, a former State Prosecutor in both Charlotte and Lee County. Mr. O’Halloran is the son of a prominent lawyer and a native Fort Myers resident. The combination of my 40 years of experience and his local knowledge and reputation culminated in the expansion of our practice to Sarasota County and Charlotte County. We now maintain offices in all three counties.

I encourage you to compare my qualifications and experience with any other criminal defense attorney in the State of Florida. Don’t be fooled by attorneys who tell you what you want to hear.
Litigation Percentage
•100% of Practice Devoted to Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions
•Florida, 1971
•Colorado, 1986
•Montana, 1993
•Wyoming, 1994
•U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1983
•U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1972
•U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
•U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
•U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1982
•U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1984
•U.S. Supreme Court, 1975

University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida J.D. – 1971
Juris Doctorate degree in Law

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina B.S. – 1965
Major : Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships
•AVVO AV | Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability | Preeminent
•Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•Sarasota County Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
•U.S. Treasury Department / IRS Intelligence, Special Agent, 1965 – 1971
•U.S. Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, 1972 – 1973
•Cohen & Hogan, Miami FL, Trial Attorney, 1974

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Huge Drug Bust in Bradenton in July 2016

Peter D Aiken Criminal Defense Attorney 941 366 3506
Peter D Aiken
Criminal Defense Attorney
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The Sheriff’s office in Bradenton announced the arrest of a drug suspect and the seizure of an enormous amount of cocaine, heroin and marijuana this week. The Sheriff’s office also said that a very large amount of cash was seized along with numerous vehicles. Cars can be taken and forfeited pursuant to the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act if they are used in the commission of a crime. The police use this act as a mechanism to forfeit vehicles to their department to be later sold at auction. The police also use this act to seize and later sell cars used by “johns” in prostitution stings. The forfeitures are a lucrative source of money for the various police departments.

In the latest drug case in Manatee County, the police took over $400,000 in cash as well as 38 vehicles, 33 firearms and a bunch of dogs. The firearms can be the basis for additional charges like possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or armed trafficking. Both charges greatly increase a person’s exposure to additional jail time. It is unclear at this time if wiretaps or tracking devices were used although these are common police detection methods. The police can also try and forfeit the houses used in the alleged drug trafficking. All of this can amount to a huge windfall when it comes to money for the agency involved.

In the latest Manatee drug bust, various members of the same family were arrested and are now sitting in jail on high bonds. The courts also set conditions on posting bond requiring a “Nebia” hearing. This means that whoever posts bond has to show a legitimate source of collateral and bond premium. This makes it tough for an alleged dealer to bond out.
As a Manatee and Sarasota criminal defense lawyer, my prediction is that there will be more charges. If you have questions, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation

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I accidently violated my probation….What now?

Peter D Aiken 941-366-3506
Peter D Aiken

I can’t tell you how many times I hear this. It is so easy to mess up and end up with a violation. Many people do not understand the importance of absolute compliance with all of the terms of probation. Many people who have not lived a structured life, or come from a broken home, or have a drug addiction simply often fail to strictly comply. Missing an appointment can get you violated. Failing to notify the probation officer of a change of address can be a problem. Leaving the County without permission is a frequent violation. Not paying you costs of supervision is the most common. Needless to say, a new arrest will do it every time.

A probation violation has to be both willful and substantial.

Here in Sarasota, a judge’s ruling finding a violation was recently overturned by the higher Court. It has to be substantial, not just an accident or technical violation. As a criminal defense attorney I understand the importance of a person having good representation at a probation violation hearing. Many times, it is up to a mother, father or spouse to interview and hire a good lawyer. If the person is sitting in jail, they have no access to a computer and only limited access to a telephone and no real list of lawyers. All the jail provides is the Yellow pages, and most of the lawyers no longer bother to even get listed.

The Internet is a good way to find a qualified experienced Sarasota criminal defense attorney.

Do your homework when it comes to really verifying experience. You can’t believe everything you see and never base a decision as to who to hire on simply an advertisement. My suggestion if you are looking for a probation violation lawyer, is to actually call and talk to the attorney, not just a clerk in his office. Do not discuss your case or your situation with some telephone service. Talk to the lawyer in person.

A good criminal lawyer may be able to get the probation reinstated or at a minimum get a bond pending the probation violation hearing. Do not give up hope and simply plead to the violation. If you have questions, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation