Why not just plead guilty? Get it over with.

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Almost every day I hear that. People who are frustrated with the criminal justice system get discouraged and want to simply bring their case to an end. The wheels of justice turn slow, sometimes at a snail’s pace. This is particularly true if you cannot afford to hire your own lawyer and rely on the public defender or another court appointed lawyer. There are times when time is on your side and there are other times when it is in your best interest to move the case forward. A criminal charge is a lot like a bad tooth. You simply have to deal with it and putting it off sometimes can only make it worse.

There are however consequences to pleading guilty.

In a domestic violence case, simple battery for example, you can lose your right to possess or buy a gun for some years. You can end up having to take domestic violence counseling, be placed on reporting probation, pay Court fees and in many cases end up with a no contact order prohibiting you from living in your own house. Sadly, the system is abused often by women in divorce proceedings. They use a false allegation of domestic abuse to get possession of the home and the kids. It puts them in the driver’s seat and gives them a tremendous advantage in the civil proceeding. As a criminal defense attorney, I have seen judges here in Sarasota set bonds in misdemeanor cases as high as fifty thousand dollars. Bail bond are not supposed to be used to punish people and are simply a guarantee of appearance. Here in Sarasota, depending on the judge who handles your case at first appearance, you may find an outrageous bond set forcing you to pay thousands to a bondsman or sit in jail awaiting a bond reduction hearing. Many people plead guilty to simply avoid sitting in jail for weeks awaiting a trial.

This is wrong.

The public defender here in Sarasota runs a great office. His assistants are dedicated professionals. The problem is that the public defender’s office is understaffed, underpaid and over worked. Every day, more and more cases are assigned to each individual attorney. They handle literally hundreds of cases at a time where private lawyers may only handle dozens. A client may sit in jail for weeks before actually meeting with his court appointed lawyer. In the meantime, his job is lost, he falls behind on car payments, he may get evicted and suffer irreparable damage.

If you can find a way you should hire your own lawyer.

It really does make a difference.

Never plead guilty to anything you have not done to simply get out of jail.

Sometimes probation is a trap and you only find yourself rearrested at a later time.

If you need to discuss your situation, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.

All DUI Criminal Defense Lawyers Are Not Created Equal

20150617-074If you are facing a DUI charge, do you want a personal injury lawyer defending you?

Do you want a family lawyer or a real estate lawyer standing beside you when the verdict is read?

Criminal law is all we do.

The Yellow Pages and the Internet are full of lawyers that claim they can represent you on a DUI (drunk driving) charge. Many lawyers try to wear many hats and be all things to all people. Do you want a general practice lawyer handling your criminal case? Do you want a foot doctor operating on your heart?

Peter Aiken and Sean O’Halloran, both former prosecutors, have been handling DUI criminal cases their entire careers. Criminal defense is all we do.

Should I use the Sarasota Public Defender for a DUI?

Private lawyers, such as our attorneys at Aiken, O’Halloran & Associates, have a tremendous advantage over the public defender in a DUI case. As private defense attorneys, we also handle the administrative hearing to save your license at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. These administrative hearings come before your criminal case and often before even a public defender is appointed.

As private lawyers, we get the video, we cross examine the arresting officer and we develop valuable testimony which can help your case long before a public defender would even be appointed.

Sarasota Drunk Driving Attorney
Act now to save your license and driving privileges. Do not wait or it may be too late. At Aiken, O’Halloran & Associates, we have extensive experience in:
• DUI checkpoints
• DUI accidents
• DUI traffic stops
• DUI manslaughter
• DUI field sobriety exercises
• DUI homicide
• DUI administrative hearings
• DUI second and third offenses
• DUI license suspensions
• DUI defense

EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES!  NOW, IT IS DAMAGE CONTROL AND DEFENDING YOUR REPUTATION. We are not here to judge you, we are here to defend you. If your friend or family member was arrested for Driving Under the influence or leaving the scene of an accident and is sitting in jail,  You probably want to help them and need someone to go see them right away… call our Offices in Sarasota 941-366-3506, Punta Gorda 941-639-6009 or Fort Myers 239-334-8890 24 hours 7 days a week.

In Sarasota call Peter Aiken our DUI and Felony Traffic defense lawyer at 941-366-3506… Don’t wait, Criminal Defense is all We Do.