Pills, Mills and the Road to Prison

Peter D Aiken
Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Experienced Criminal Defense
Experienced Drug Offense Defense
Sarasota 941-366-3506

August 2018

The opiate arrests continue here in Sarasota and Manatee County. Drug addiction can destroy your life. It not only affects your health, but eventually, it will lead to your arrest and prosecution.

As a criminal defense attorney, my first advice is to seek help immediately. Do not wait until you are arrested for one of the collateral crimes that follow addiction. Many people end up getting busted for dealing in stolen property or defrauding a pawn broker. Addicts end up stealing and pawning stuff after they have already sold or pawned everything they have of value. Don’t end up with a second degree felony and time in State prison, simply because you could not face your addiction

The “pill mills” and the pain management clinics are still alive and well and writing scripts when often they should not. Just because a prescription is written by a doctor, does not mean that it is legitimate. Was there a real medical need or is your body just saying you need it? Opiate addiction is a terrible medical problem that leads to legal problems. People end up writing bad checks, stealing from relatives, stealing from employers and betraying their own families to feed the habit.

Many people are now stuck on heroin. When the pills got hard to get they switched to the cheaper more available substitute. That puts them at great risk of death. As a criminal lawyer, it does me no good to get a client probation if they are addicted and destined to fail. You have to get to the root of the problem, the addiction itself. If you have been arrested on drugs here is Sarasota or busted for weed, pills or cocaine in Bradenton, you need a lawyer that understands addiction. My goal is to get a client help, both in and out of court. The best way to not need a lawyer is to not get arrested.

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

There is life after addiction and sometimes an arrest is a wake up call. If you use heroin and ignore the wake up calls, someday, you just won’t wake up.

You need help quitting cold turkey and sometimes it takes a few days in jail to help. Don’t look at that as the end, look at it as the beginning of a new life.


Locked up or Knocked up….Which is worse?

Aiken O’Halloran & Foley
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
Sarasota 941-366-3506
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August 18 2018

As a parent, it used to be that you had to worry about your teenage daughter getting pregnant. Now you have to worry just as much about your teenage son getting arrested for some type of sex offense. Teenage girls gone wild! They have been brainwashed and sexualized by videos, rock idols, rap music and a society that is out of whack when it comes to sex.

Did you know that thirty per cent of teenage kids have at one time or another sent or received texts with sexually explicit videos or images that meet the definition of child pornography?

Teenage girls now send their boyfriends or potential boyfriends sexually explicit pics of their vagina or breasts. If you are the parent of a teenage boy, imagine how tempting that is for him. Teenage girls are aggressively luring teenage boys into sexual encounters on sites like “Tinder”. Teenage girls to avoid getting pregnant often engage in oral sex or “backpacking”. It has been my observations that the average teenage girls is much more mature that the average boy her age. That leads the teenage girl to engage in sexual relations with young men several years her senior. If a fifteen year old sexually mature girl lures and eighteen or nineteen year old boy into a sexual encounter, then the young man can end up being charged with a sex crime and face becoming a registered sex offender for life.
Young men are stupid and often think with the wrong head. Many times, it is the girl (or should I say young woman) that is at fault.

They don’t call it jail bait for nothing.

As a parent, just because you have a son and not a daughter, do not feel safe. Boys don’t get pregnant but they do get arrested. If you have a son headed for college, the true danger is the combination of alcohol and the sexually promiscuous aggressive coed. Many times, a coed will get drunk or stoned, have sex, and then the next day claim she was raped because she was too drunk to consent. The girls do not want to take responsibility for their own actions or decisions. I have defended lots of college boys in these “date rape” allegations. Many times the kids will videotape or digitally record their sexual encounter. Depending upon their age, this can also be a crime. Many times kids sitting at a computer will Skype or use Instagram to exchange videos of them masturbating. This can also lead to child porn charges. Everyone always assumes it is the boys fault….but that is not necessarily the case.

Educate your sons and daughters about the dangers of Internet Sex….
Getting locked up is sometimes worse than getting knocked up.

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