Hit and Run and the Guilty Conscience

Peter Aiken
Criminal Defense Attorney
941-366-3506

That is a bad combination. Confession may be good for the soul but in this world, it will only land you in State prison for many years.

If you are involved in a hit and run fatality, you face serious consequences.

If you are determined to come forward, you really should seek legal counsel before doing so. You cannot bring back a life. The accident may not have been your fault. Many times hit and run fatalities involve pedestrians walking at night. Many times the pedestrians are drunk and stumble into the road or do something that is their own fault. In most hit and run situations, the driver panics and flees. This is often because the driver is driving on a suspended license or worse yet impaired by alcohol. A DUI fatality can result in a lengthy prison sentence and often the driver, in his or her impaired state, simply drives away.

You may deeply regret being involved in the accident.

You cannot turn back the clock and take back a bad decision.

Maybe you should not have been driving.

Maybe you should never have gotten in the car intoxicated.

All of that is now in the past. You can only change the future. Going to the police and confessing at this point will only get you charged.
The crime is not having the accident.
The crime is leaving the scene.

As a criminal defense lawyer, my job is to help you through these troubled times. The police may well be looking for the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle may have been damaged. Do not discuss what happened with anyone other than an experienced criminal defense attorney. What you say to a lawyer is “privileged” and you can get advice confidentially. What you say to friend or relative is not and you may make them a witness against you. Do not file a false police report. Do not report the car stolen. This will only make the situation worse. If you were involved in a hit and run and you are feeling guilty about it, you can call for a free confidential consultation in Ft. Myers at 239 334 8890, Charlotte and Desoto 941 366 3506 or if you are in Sarasota you can call 941 366 3506. Do not talk to the police without first talking to a lawyer

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Police Seeking White Pickup in Ft. Myers Hit and Run

Sean C O’Halloran Hit and Run Criminal Defense Main Office: Ft. Myers 239-334-8890

There was a hit and run homicide in Ft. Myers yesterday and the police are seeking information on the driver and the vehicle.

The collision involved a white truck and a motorcycle. Many hit and run accidents involve cars and either pedestrians, bicycles or motorcycles. It may not have been the drivers fault but leaving the scene can subject him or her to State prison.

Many times people simply panic.

The police are seeking information about the white truck with driver’s side damage and a missing mirror. For the police, identifying the driver, not the owner is the key to an arrest. The vehicle was seen headed in the direction of Cape Coral. Often they need a confession or an admission to put someone behind the wheel at the time of the arrest. It is critical that anyone involved, whether it be the owner or the drivers to have legal representation.

If a person is under investigation and the police come to question them about a hit and run, unless the person is in custody, they may not be advised of their right to remain silent or their right to an attorney.

THE MORE THEY KNOW…THE MORE LIKELY THEY ARE TO FIND YOU. Call NOW, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW or just stop in an lets talk. ALL COMMUNICATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AN THE INITIAL CONSULTATION IS FREE.

If they confess or give an incriminating statement it can result in an arrest and a prosecution.

If you or a loved one panicked and left the scene, hiring a good lawyer early can make a huge difference in your outcome.

As a Lee County criminal defense lawyer we may be able to help you through this terrible situation. Do not wait until the police are knocking on your door. Do not falsely report your vehicle as stolen or loaned to someone else. You need to “lawyer up” as soon as possible. If you made a bad decision, do not make another one by talking to the police. Call us first

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Celebrate July 4th 2016 Safely

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The Fourth of July is just around the corner and you can bet the Lee County Sheriff’s office has plans for DUI checkpoints.

The marine division will also be on the water trying to make arrests for “boating under the influence”. Our Ft. Myers criminal defense firm actually represented a man in a kayak who was arrested for boating under the influence. He was in a kayak, with his dog who was wearing a vest” simply paddling around, watching the fireworks….and having a few brews….and got arrested. If you are on the water for the day and drinking beer you can count on the fact that when you get boarded for the so called “safety check”, they will be looking for empty beer cans or liquor bottles. Over the course of a day, three or four people can easily drink a case of beer, and nothing looks worse that a cooler full of empties. They will try and escort you to shore and ask you do to field sobriety exercises. That is a mistake. Do not do the exercises. There are many reasons your eyes may be red, your face flushed and your balance unsteady. Do not give them the missing link with an admission or field test.

Another issue when it comes to driving under the influence and boating under the influence is “who is actually driving”. If you are going through a checkpoint, that may not be an issue. If you are in a boat, that is quite another thing. The owner of the boat is not necessarily the pilot of the boat. They have to prove who is actually running the boat. What if no one admits who is driving? What is they did not see who was actually at the wheel?

You can count on the fact that over the Fourth weekend there will also be a few hit and run incidents. If they also involve alcohol or death or serious injury, serious felony charges can result. If you were involved in a hit and run and you are reading this, you may be under investigation. There are now cameras everywhere. Just because you got away then doesn’t mean they are not still trying to identify you. Call us immediately if you fled the scene. All inquiries are confidential and free. Never make a statement without talking to a lawyer that is experienced in representing hit and run cases.

All lawyers are not created equal.

Call Sean C. O’Halloran at 239 334 8890 in Ft Myers, Sarasota ask for Peter D. Aiken at 941-366-3506 or Punta Gorda see Andrew Banyai at 941-639-6009 for a free consultation.

Shut up and Lawyer up!

 

 

Sean C O'Halloran Hit and Run Criminal Defense 239-334-8890
Sean C O’Halloran
Hit and Run
Criminal Defense
239-334-8890

Everyone has the right to remain silent…..Some people just can’t

I am sure that you have heard that the fish would not have gotten caught if had kept his mouth shut.

Silence is golden.

It is better to let people think you are guilty than open your mouth and prove it.

Confession is good for the soul, but they put your body in jail. Clam up!

THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE WHEN IT COMES TO HIT AND RUN CASES

If for some reason you find yourself in a situation where you panicked and left the scene of an accident, you have already made one bad decision.
Do not make another one.
Not talking to a criminal defense lawyer immediately is a huge mistake.
Coming forward and confessing is a huge mistake.
Calling the car in stolen is a huge mistake.
Getting someone to lie for you is a huge mistake.
Tampering with evidence is a huge mistake….and the list goes on.

If your hit and run involved alcohol or drugs and if there was serious injury or death you could be facing mandatory prison. You could be facing a loss of your driver’s license for life. Chances are, the accident was not your fault. Someone may have been crossing the road at night totally drunk. A person may have been on a bicycle without a light on the wrong side of the road. Someone else may have run a light or a stop sign. You may not have even remotely caused the accident. The problem occurs when you leave the scene. Do not provide the missing link in terms of evidence in a criminal case.

SHUT UP AND LAWYER UP!

At our criminal defense firm we have been defending hit and run cases for decades. We are compassionate and feel bad for the victims but our obligation is to protect you, protect you from yourself. We will analyze your situation and work to minimize the consequences of our past mistakes. No one can change the past but you can change how it affects the future.

If you have a hit and run issue or have a relative or friend that has confided in you, be sure everyone understands that a good criminal defense lawyer can make a huge difference.
Call for a free confidential consultation in Lee at 239 334 8890 or Sarasota at 941 366 3506
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SARASOTA MANATEE PINELLAS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES: Sarasota Manatee Palmetto St Pete Clearwater Tampa Venice Englewood 941-366-3506

ALL REQUESTS FOR CONTACT ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND GO DIRECTLY TO AN EXPERIENCED HIT AND RUN CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

YOUR REQUEST WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE CLOSEST OFFICE TO YOU

LEE AND COLLIER COUNTY SEAN C O’HALLORAN

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SARASOTA PINELLAS HILLSBOROUGH AND MANATEE COUNTY PETER D AIKEN

I backed into a car and left the scene

Peter Aiken Criminal Defense Attorney 941-366-3506

This happens almost every day here in Sarasota
We have a lot of elderly drivers both here and in Manatee County. When this happens, often the elderly driver is flustered and simply drives off. There were 92,000 hit and run accidents in Florida just last year. Even if no one is injured, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage is still a crime. Often someone witnesses this and takes down a tag number and the driver gets a visit from police later. This can result in an arrest or a citation. Most of the time the accident would have been covered by insurance anyway. It is the leaving the scene that is the problem.

Did this happen to you?
No one wants to have a criminal record, even for a misdemeanor. Later in life, you just don’t need something like that tarnishing a perfect history. As a Sarasota criminal lawyer, most of the time these cases can be resolved with restitution and what is known as “diversion”. I may be able to ultimately get your case dismissed after negotiating with the prosecutor. I have handled cases where it is something as simple as running into a mailbox, a street sign or a bus bench. As we get older, our vision just isn’t what it used to be. If it is a matter of property damage, chances are you have a good chance of getting your case dismissed if it is handled right. Sometimes elderly people do not even realize they have hit something. Driving away may have been unintentional. There are defenses to these types of situation.
If you find yourself in this type of situation, call today for a free consultation. What you tell a lawyer is confidential and even if you do not hire me, it is kept a secret.
Call today at 941 366 3506

When Panic sets In

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Most people don’t think about leaving or running after an accident…It just happens. Sometimes people are in a state of shock themselves. They may have suffered physical trauma themselves or the mental trauma of seeing the person they struck mangled, bleeding and possibly dead. Flight is a natural human reaction to these types of situations. When it finally sinks in, panic is replaced by fear of the consequences. People in these situations do not set out to become a felon or a criminal. The split second decision to run or stay is done in an instant, and then the driver has a lifetime to deal with the consequences. An arrest may or may not be made. An investigation will however surely follow, particularly if there is serious bodily injury or death. This is where having a good experienced criminal lawyer can make the difference between freedom and prison. It is one thing to feel guilty, it is another to be guilty and get sentenced to State prison. All the guilt in the world will not bring someone back to life. All the guilt in the world can land you in jail, away from your family, and with your life now destroyed. I do feel bad for the families of hit and run drivers. They need closure. As a criminal defense attorney, my job is to protect my client. Confession may be good for the soul, but it ends up putting your body in jail. Closure for my clients should not be prison.
In all hit and run cases, the State must have evidence putting you behind the wheel. That evidence should not come from your mouth. Even if you have already confessed, there may be a technicality that keeps that confession from coming into evidence. You may not have been advised of your rights. What you said may have been covered by some type of privilege. Very few cases are “impossible” and our goal is to keep you out of jail, keep you from becoming a convicted felon and restore your life to normality. If you are under investigation for hit and run there is no shame in “lawyering up”. In fact, that is exactly what you should do. Guilt is a wasted emotion. It does no good. It changes nothing.
If you need to talk, find out your rights, call for a free confidential consultation today.
In Sarasota call 941 366 3506 In Ft. Myers call 239 334 8890

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Why are so many bicyclists hit and run victims?

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Most collisions between cars and people on a bicycle result in injury to the bicyclist. The person on the bicycle almost always goes down and often is injured or killed. There is hardly ever significant damage to the vehicle. It only takes a slight bump to put the bike down and most of the time, panic sets in, and when it does, the driver simply speeds away. Since the person on the bike goes down and gets injured, they almost never get a tag number or accurate description of either the car or the driver. Many of the car/bike crashes occur at night in dimly lit areas and are not witnessed by anyone else. The person on the bicycle may have no clue who hit them. Getting prompt medical attention may save a life. That is the very reason the penalties are stiff when it comes to hit and run. It is one thing to drive away from a car you bumped in a parking lot. It is quite another to drive away from a person critically injured laying possibly in traffic. The police and the prosecutors take this seriously and a conviction can land you in State Prison.

The accident may not have been your fault.

With more and more bicycles on the road, there are more and more crashes. The problem is most of the people on bikes pay absolutely no attention to the rules of the road. They run stop lights, the ride on the wrong side of the road, they ride on sidewalks on the wrong side of the road flying through intersections. They also may be impaired. People who have DUI convictions and have lost their license ride bicycles. They may have lost their license but they are still drinking and are still on the road, now on a two wheel bike. Drunk, they cannot walk, much less balance themselves and ride a bike. Often night time collisions involve a bicyclist with no lights on the back of the bike. The accident may well have not been your fault. The crime occurs when you drive away. If you had stayed on the scene, you may not have been ticketed or arrested. It is the “leaving” that causes the problem. It is the “leaving” that causes the problem. There may be few witnesses, little physical evidence and “causation” is generally an issue. We have been defending people charged with leaving the scene for decades. A good criminal defense lawyer generally makes a huge difference in the outcome. If you are under investigation and have not yet been arrested, it is critical that you “lawyer up” immediately. Your statement may be the nail in your coffin when it comes to being arrested and prosecuted. Call us immediately if you have panicked and left the scene. We may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor and work out some type of resolution that does not involve getting arrested or charged. In Ft. Myers, 239 334 8890. In Sarasota call 941 366 3506

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ALL REQUESTS FOR CONTACT ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND GO DIRECTLY TO AN EXPERIENCED HIT AND RUN CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY,FT MYERS SEAN C O’HALLORAN, PUNTA GORDA ANDREW J BANYAI, SARASOTA PETER D AIKEN YOUR REQUEST WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE CLOSEST OFFICE TO YOU

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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That has to flash through the mind of many people in the seconds following an accident. The problem is that if the mind is impaired from alcohol,the thoughts of losing everthing or drugs the chances are the decision as to whether to leave the scene of an accident will likely be flawed. This is particularly true if your vehicle has not been immobilized. If a person strikes someone on a bicycle the chances of them leaving are greatly increased. Many of the bicycle accidents happen in the dark. The pedestrians that are hit are often crossing or walking in a road without a light at night. The accident may not have been the driver’s fault. Panic is a terrible thing, particularly if you are impaired. Your judgement may by seriously in question. There are extreme penalties, minimum mandatory sentences if you leave the scene of a death. There may be even worse penalties if you were driving under the influence and someone dies as a result of you being impaired. By the time you read this however, your decision has probably already been made.
For over thirty years I have been defending people who leave the scene of an accident. Every case is different. Usually, an admission or a confession is the State’s most damaging evidence. If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing an arrest or worse yet have already been arrested good legal advice can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. You have the right to remain silent. That is an important right. Before you answer any questions you should consult a really good criminal lawyer, one experienced in DUI cases and one who has handled leaving the scene arrests. What you say to a lawyer cannot be repeated. It is confidential. If you have a serious legal problem and need advice, give us a call. We have offices in Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda and Sarasota. We are not like the typical personal injury lawyers. WE DON’T SUE PEOPLE….WE DEFEND PEOPLE WHEN THEY LEAVE THE SCENE

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ALL REQUESTS FOR CONTACT ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND GO DIRECTLY TO AN EXPERIENCED HIT AND RUN CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY, FT MYERS SEAN C O’HALLORAN, PUNTA GORDA ANDREW J BANYAI, SARASOTA PETER D AIKEN YOUR REQUEST WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE CLOSEST OFFICE TO YOU

I feel horrible…I left the scene….someone died

Peter Aiken Criminal Defense Attorney 941-366-3506

In Florida last year there were 92,000 hit and run accidents. In 19,000 of those cases there were injuries and deaths. Many of the accidents were caused by impaired drivers going the wrong way on a road. Many of the accidents were rear end collisions where an impaired driver simply did not stop. Many of the deaths involve cars hitting bicycles. Bicycle deaths are at the top of the list when it comes to hit and run. The car usually only has minor damage and can easily leave the scene. The bicycle rider may have been at fault, either not having a light or being on the wrong side of the road. It is the “leaving” that is the crime and the penalties are huge if death or serious injury results. The guilt may be consuming you and you may have seen your accident on the evening news. The urge to come forward and confess may be consuming you. Guilt is a terrible feeling and generally self-destructive. You cannot change the past.
As a criminal lawyer every day I speak to people about their deep dark secrets. You can talk to a lawyer in total confidence, even more so than with a therapists or friend. Talking to the police, confessing your guilt, will do you no good whatsoever. It will get you arrested, get a high bond set, get you prosecuted and land you in prison serving a four year minimum mandatory sentence. What you say to a lawyer, even one you have not hired yet is covered by the attorney client privilege and can never be repeated to anyone. What you say to the Florida Highway Patrol officer, a Sheriff’s detective or the police officer is not and can provide the missing link in landing you in prison. There are many reason people leave the scene. Some people may have been drunk and not even realized they hit someone until the next day. Some may have fled because they were driving on a suspended license. Some may have left because they had no insurance or current registration. Some may have left because they are in the Country illegally and fear deportation. Confessing accomplishes nothing!
If You or someone you know were involved in a hit and run accident in Lee County, Charlotte County, Desoto County, Pinellas, Hillsborough County,Pinellas County,Sarasota County or Manatee County and want to make a confidential call to have your questions answered, call us today and ask for Attorneys Sean O’Halloran or Peter Aiken for a free consultation. We have offices in Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda and Sarasota and before you do anything, before you call the police, before you say anything, call for a free consultation. Even if you do not ultimately hire us we may be able help you through this troubled time. Good people sometimes make bad decisions or mistakes. If you made a bad decision, do not make another one by talking to the police. Call us first

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