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Peter D Aiken

About me

I am a fourth generation native Floridian.  My undergraduate degree is in accounting from the University of South Carolina.( a gamecock).  After graduation, I served in the United States Treasury Department as a special Agent with the Intelligence Division.  I recieved special training in Washington DC in basic law enforcement techniques including interrogation, surveillance, photography, forensics, photography, wiretapping and basic criminal investigation.  I understand how law enforcement thinks.

I recieved additional training in Income Tax Law, especially the criminal statutes.  I worked in the Miami office investigating organized crime, general tax crimes and on occasions was detailed for special security work.

While working as an agent, I obtained a law degree from the University of Miami.  I then transferred to Atlanta Georgia and worked for a year as an analyst for the Regional Commisioner of Intelligence.  I returned to South Florida in 1971 and joined the United States Attorneys Office where I prosecuted all types of Federal crimes, particuarly white collar crime and tax evasion.  I appeared before numerous grand juries and prosecuted successfully numermous federal crimes.

In 1974 I joined the law firm of Cohen and Hogan on South Beach.  It was probably one of the top criminal firms in Florida.  While there I had the occasion to meet and advise a number of high profile defendants including Jimmy Hoffa.

In 1974 I moved to Ft. Lauderdale where I continued to represent high profile clients from the labor unions including the Operating Engineers.  I defended rackateering and gambling cases many of which included tax charges.  In the late 1970's my practice included repesentation of major drug smugglers from within the United States, the Bahamas and Columbia.  As my reputation grew, my practice expanded and I traveled extensively across the United States defending complex Federal cases in Los Angeles, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

During that time I defended literally every type of criminal case for drug conspiracies, money laundering, securities fraud, wire and mail fraud, high seas violations, wildlife crimes and bribery.  I represented many of the judges who came under investigation in Miami and my clientel has included everything from Gangsters to the Clergy.  I have seen it all.

In 2002 I expanded my practice to include the West Coast of Florida and formed a partnership with a local attorney in Ft. Myers by the name of Sean O'Halloran.  He was a former prosecutor in Lee and Charlotte County and my Federal experience and his State experience formed the perfect team.  In 2011, I moved to Sarasota where I manage the Aiken and O'Halloran Sarasota office.  My emphasis in the last three years has been in defending sex crimes, particularly Federal Internet crimes.  I have represented defendants in the television series "to Catch a Predator" as well as the last two "Operations Intercept" in Sarasota.  I now travel throughout Florida representing people charged in both State and Federal Court.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    35 years, 3 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael H Fayard II

    I have had the opportunity to co-counsel many serious felonies, including sex offenses, with Mr. Aiken. In addition to seeing him litigate cases against the office while I was a prosecutor. He is the definition of a professional in all respects. His near 40 years of criminal law experience (including his time as a US Attorney and Special Agent with the IRS), his sharp wit, and flawless jury presence has earned many favorable verdicts. I have personally witnessed Mr. Aiken's skill, his tireless preparation, and unquestionable devotion to his clients and their individual cause result in great offers, fantastic results, and near impossible "not guilty" verdicts. He truly "lives and dies" with each case, and he is not a "clients are paychecks" attorney. Hiring Mr. Aiken means you will receive the best representation in the business--no matter what the charge.


    Michael Fayard Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Peter is the most effective trial lawyer you will ever meet. He makes the impossible possible, wins unwinnable cases, and brings juries to places they never thought they'd go with sheer legal endurance and fortitude.


    Andrew Banyai Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Aiken, O'Halloran & Associates
2060 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL, 34237

2257 Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL, 33901-4906



FLMember in Good Standing197106/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Certificate of Appcation (Course Instructor)Florida Surety Bail Agents Association1995
Distinguished Service AwardUnited States Department of Justice1972
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAiken, O'halloran and Associates2003 - 2012
Criminal Defense Private practicePeter D. Aiken, Attorney1974 - 2003
trial lawyerU. S. Department of Justice1971 - 1974
Analyst advisor to Regional Commisioner, IntelligenceUnited States Treasury Department, Irs1970 - 1971
Special Agent, Criminal InvestigatorUnited States Treasury Department1965 - 1970
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sarasota County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)N/A2011 - Present
Wyoming State Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
Montana State Bar AssociationN/A1993 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationN/A1986 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationN/A1971 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Lee County chapter)N/A2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v RizzaNot Guilty all Counts jury trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor1971
University of South CarolinaAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Association for Women LawyersHuman Trafficing2012
CLE-Floirda Womens Lawyers AssociationOpiate Addiction and the legal consequences2011