Peter D. Aiken

Peter D. Aiken: Attorney with Aiken, O'Halloran and Banyai

Biography

I am a fourth generation native 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 30 years of experience and his local knowledge and reputation culminated n the expansion of our practice to Collier County and Charlotte County. We now maintain offices in all three counties.

Litigation Percentage

- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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

Areas of Practice (35)

  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • DUI/DWI
  • Expungements
  • Extortion
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forgery
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • Mail Fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
941-366-3506  Phone
941-366-3568  Fax
www.sarasotadefender.com
University Attended:
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, B.S., Accounting, 1965
Law School Attended:
University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, J.D., 1971
Year of First admission:
1971
Admission:
1971, Florida; 1986, Colorado; 1993, Montana; 1994, Wyoming; 1983, U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida; 1972, U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit; 1975, U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
The Florida Bar, The Colorado Bar, The Wyoming Bar, The Montana Bar; The United States Supreme Court; U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
ISLN:
909519757
Hobbies & interests:
Kayaking, Fishing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Art

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
  • 100% (2 recommendations)
  • Communication

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  • Responsiveness

    5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service

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  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 01/28/16 in Criminal Law.

    Mr. Aiken is truly a seasoned and professional attorney. He helped and represented me through what I would consider the most trying time in my life. The results were amazing, especially considering the climate on campuses across the nation. I woul... Read more

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    Mr. Aiken is truly a seasoned and professional attorney. He helped and represented me through what I would consider the most trying time in my life. The results were amazing, especially considering the climate on campuses across the nation. I would recommend Mr. Aiken to anyone in need of representation and exceptionally competent, professional, caring counsel. Read less

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 01/23/13 in Litigation.

    Mr. Aiken demonstrated clear dedication to my interests as his client and was exceptionally responsive and professional throughout. He produced results that were truly surprising to me. He exceeded even my highest expectations as to the outcome of my... Read more

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    Mr. Aiken demonstrated clear dedication to my interests as his client and was exceptionally responsive and professional throughout. He produced results that were truly surprising to me. He exceeded even my highest expectations as to the outcome of my case. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Aiken to anyone in need for a caring counsel who is not there to simply provide a service for the sake of a fee. This is a seasoned and exceptional attorney. Read less

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