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.