Drug Dealers can face murder charges and stiff minimum sentences

Peter D Aiken – Aiken and O’Halloran – Experienced Criminal Defense Sarasota – 941-366-3506 – Sarasotadefender.com

Drug Dealers can face murder charges and stiff minimum sentences

Here in Sarasota and Manatee County the State is out to reduce the drug overdose rate by cracking down on anyone who sells fentanyl.   No legislator, and few prosecutors, understand how the fentanyl epidemic came about.  This all goes back to the pharmaceutical companies and the opiates their drug reps pushed for years and the doctors that prescribed Oxycontin and Oxycodone in excess.  Thousand of normal people got hooked on opiates.  When the legislature tried to stop that problem with the drug database law, no one anticipated the result. 

The implementation of the law cracking down on doctor shopping, and cutting off the supply of prescription opiates, left the people addicted nowhere to go but to the street level drug dealers to get a substitute, heroin.  As the police cracked down on the heroin supply, the dealers turned to Fentanyl, readily available from China and other Asian countries.

Fentanyl kills people and is much deadlier than heroin and there was a spike in deaths in Bradenton and Sarasota.  The underlying problem is addiction and the true answer is to treat drug addiction as a medical issue.  If you take the money out of it, there would be no drug dealers.  In the meantime, society continues to deal with this in the wrong way.

There are stiff minimum mandatory sentences for trafficking in Heroin and Fentanyl. But for every drug dealer sentenced to twenty years another one will take his place.  Over the years, as a Drug Offense criminal defense lawyer in Sarasota and Manatee, I have represented hundreds of people charged with trafficking, dealing and possession of Opiates like heroin, Fentanyl and other designer drugs.  Drug addiction is a medical issue and the Florida prison system is full of addicts who were selling and dealing to simply support their own habit. The laws need to change, but in the meantime, as a Sarasota and Manatee Criminal Defense Attorney handling Felony drug charges, I will continue to try and help people accused of dealing drugs.  For many, it is the only way they can support their habit.  The answer is a better intervention program where addicts get help not jail.  If you or a friend or relative find yourself in a bad legal situation as a result of drug dependency and what to talk, a free confidential consultation may help you find answers to your problem.  Jail is not the answer for addiction

Probation Violations

More people get arrested in Sarasota and Manatee County for a violation of probation than any other reason.  The County jail is full of people being held without bond for a violation of probation.  Probation, sometimes is a trap for the unwary.  You may have taken a plea deal to avoid trial or have simply followed the Public Defender’s advice and set yourself up for failure.

Technical Violation

You do not have to commit a new crime to get arrested.  If you do not pay your court costs, if you do not pay the fees for supervision imposed by the Court, if you do not pay restitution or if you simply miss an appointment with your probation officer a warrant will be issued for your arrest.  Simply not having money to pay can get you arrested and thrown back in jail.  Our Sarasota and Bradenton criminal defense firm has been defending probation violations for years.  Do not wait to be arrested.  If you have a problem with your probation officer, call today and we may be able to work it out before you are picked up for a violation.New Crime Violations. If you get arrested on a new charge while you are on probation, your probation officer will have you rearrested for a probation violation and you will sit in jail waiting for a hearing.  The new offense may be incredibly minor but if it occurred while you were on supervision, you have huge problem.  We may be able to convince the judge to release you while you wait for a probation violation hearing.  Any conviction for a new offense violates your probation and subjects you to time in either County jail or State prison.  Your sentencing guidelines may have been computed incorrectly or you simply may have not committed the new crime or violation.  Do not wait until your hearing.  Call us now for a free consultation.

Sex Offender Probation Violations

A violation of sex offender probation can land you in State prison.  Often, electronic monitors malfunction and register a false report.  Often, a probation officer fails to write down the details of your request or report to him.  Often the officer is simply out to get you and is searching for any reason to violate you.  You may have missed a deadline or appointment or forgotten to call in or come in past curfew.  You may have been forced to move suddenly and not had time to report the new address.  The probation officers generally are not there to help you and some simply look for some excuse to violate you put you back in jail.  A violation must be willful and substantial and we can many times convince the Court that your situation was accidental or unintentional.  If a loved one is in jail or if you have been arrested on a violation of probation call today. 

Our Sarasota office is on Ringling across from the jail, next to the Courthouse and steps from the probation office.  Call today at 941-366-3506

Drug Arrests on the increase in the Suncoast Area From Bradenton to Ft. Myers Drug busts are up

Aiken O’Halloran & Foley
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
Cape Coral 239-984-4994
Punta Gorda 941-639-6009

There seems to be a peak in enforcement of the laws with respect to controlled substances. Car stop are on the increase. Undercover operations are on the rise, particularly with respect to opiates like Oxycontin and Oxycodone. All of the police agencies are targeting Fentanyl. Trafficking in Cocaine cases are surging and there is a major push in Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda, Venice, Sarasota and Bradenton to crack down on the dealers. Everywhere drug busts are on the increase.
“How do I know you are not a cop”? “I asked him if he was the police” Don’t they have to tell the truth about being a cop”?……I hear this all the time. News Flash….They are undercover cops and they can lie. The police in an undercover capacity do not have to truthfully answer or tell you they are cops. Duhhhh! That is why they call them undercover cops.

They didn’t read me my rights….Isn’t that illegal? The truth is, they don’t have to read you your rights. If the police see you commit a crime or if you deal with them and they are in an undercover capacity, they don’t have to read you your rights, even after they arrest you. The only time they have to read you your rights is if they are going to question you. If they don’t, then what you say is not supposed to be used in Court. The State may have a perfectly good case and not need you to answer questions.

Most people arrested for drugs don’t know the law….That is why they hire lawyers

At our criminal defense firm we know the law. We know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to defenses. Do not believe what you see on television lawyer shows. That is entertainment, not real life. If you have been busted for coke, heroin, fentanyl or weed and need a good experienced lawyer give us a call. The consultation is free.
We have offices in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda and Sarasota. We also handle drug cases in Bradenton.


Sarasota: 941-366-3506

Fort Myers : 239-334-8890

​Charlotte: 941-639-6009

The Cape: 239-984-4994