Experience, compassion and dedication in providing quality representation in Florida criminal cases
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1971||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Certificate of Appcation (Course Instructor)||Florida Surety Bail Agents Association||1995|
|Distinguished Service Award||United States Department of Justice||1972|
|Partner||Aiken, O'halloran and Associates||2003 - 2012|
|Criminal Defense Private practice||Peter D. Aiken, Attorney||1974 - 2003|
|trial lawyer||U. S. Department of Justice||1971 - 1974|
|Analyst advisor to Regional Commisioner, Intelligence||United States Treasury Department, Irs||1970 - 1971|
|Special Agent, Criminal Investigator||United States Treasury Department||1965 - 1970|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Sarasota County Bar Association||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Wyoming State Bar Association||N/A||1994 - Present|
|Montana State Bar Association||N/A||1993 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||N/A||1986 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association||N/A||1971 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Lee County chapter)||N/A||2009 - 2011|
|United States v Rizza||Not Guilty all Counts jury trial|
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|University of Miami School of Law||Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||1971|
|University of South Carolina||accounting||Bachelor of Science||1965|
|Florida Association for Women Lawyers||Human Trafficing||2012|
|CLE-Floirda Womens Lawyers Association||Opiate Addiction and the legal consequences||2011|
Posted by ThankfulMom
We were dealing with a serious legal situation that had a potentially bleak outcome for my son. Mr. Aiken stood out among the group of attorneys we'd spoken to. He was (is) knowledgeable, factual, direct and caring at the same time! His wonderful assistant, Cathy, was (is) also very helpful and supportive. I appreciated both Cathy's and Mr. Aiken's respect and sensitivity to the closeness of our family and our faith. Mr. Aiken took extra time to include me in communications, and when it was quiet (the legal system definitely takes time), I would find he was working behind the scenes in my son's best interest, often going above and beyond (such as meeting key people in person instead of just phone/email). His wisdom, hard work and smart delivery is a reason my son will be spending his future at home with his family, and we are so very thankful. He is an excellent and competent attorney as well as a genuine and quality person. Truly, if you want an attorney with expertise who is knowledgeable, smart in how aggressively he fights for you, and sincerely cares about the outcome, you will find Mr. Aiken is your best choice.
Posted by Ralph
Peter Aiken is an attorney at the top of his game. He is very smart, clearly knows what he is doing, and is a consummate professional. Plus, he is also a good, decent, compassionate man.
He represented my father in a sex crime case with two charges (sex crime cases are some of the hardest out there, by the way. Very often coming down to he said/she said with the onus on the accused to prove their innocence).
The first charge against my father had a mandatory 15 year sentence in prison. My father was 85 years old at the time and that would have been equivalent to a death sentence for him.
Because my father lives out of country, he was essentially denied bond leading up to the trial. Clearly, at 85 years old, jail is not the healthiest place to be. Because of this, not only did Mr. Aiken elegantly defend my father, but he kept the case moving very quickly. He went from arrest to trial in less than 6 months. If you know anything about the courts, this feat, in itself, is near miraculous.
Mr. Aiken kept a full court press on the prosecutor throughout the entire experience. During the trial itself, she looked like an amateur next to Peter.
The case was resolved with the jury choosing the second charge and the judge sentencing my father to 8 months in jail, with 6 months basically already served.
From what I could tell, no sex crime charge is a slam dunk case. There is a lot of bias and stigma attached to even being accused of such a crime. With this being said, Mr. Aiken took a case that could have easily ended up with my father dying in jail and he secured his freedom in record time.
To go from a felony charge with a mandatory 15 year sentence to a misdemeanor charge with an 8 month sentence was absolutely amazing. And, as amazing as it is, with hard work, great command of the law and a highly strategic mind, Peter almost made it look easy (though none of us really took a breath until the jury returned its verdict---because with a jury you just never know).
From the start, Peter said jury selection was one of the most critical aspects of a trial like this. He not only aced that, he pretty much aced every move he made building up to the trial and in the courtroom itself.
I give Peter Aiken my highest recommendation. He essentially saved my father's life. And, as I inferred earlier, he's also one heck of a nice guy. It is actually a pleasure to know him. He was more like a concerned member of our family or a close family friend, than simply the best attorney we could have possibly chosen.
While he may not be the cheapest, his fees are reasonable considering his excellence, expertise and the results he delivers. If you or anyone you know is facing sex crime charges, and only the best will do, Peter Aiken should be your obvious choice.
Incidentally, if Peter can get results like this with a sex crime, I would trust him regarding any serious criminal matter. I can't imagine you could find better representation than Mr. Peter Aiken.
Posted by anonymous
My experience with Mr. Aiken started after an arrest on very serious charges with little merit. Mr. Aiken was completely supportive and uncovered many errors by law enforcement and even the United States Armed forces. He did not hesitate to use their own policies and guidelines against their case and ultimately won my freedom that was unconstitutionally taken away from me. For those searching for a lawyer, I endorse Mr. Aiken 110% for even those facing less serious circumstances.
Michael Fayard, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.
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