Former Assistant Prosecutor
Over 10 years experience
A criminal conviction can have devastating consequences that may follow you as you try to make positive steps forward in your life. Finding employment, renting or buying a home, and even traveling internationally will likely be much more difficult with a criminal conviction. This doesn’t have to be your reality. The right Sarasota criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid the negative effects of a criminal conviction.
Erika Valcarcel is a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who fights passionately for justice on behalf of people charged with crimes in Sarasota and Manatee counties. She has 13 years of practical legal experience that includes prosecuting thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases as an assistant state attorney in both counties and nearly a decade as a criminal defense litigator standing up for the rights of the accused.
Valcarcel has the knowledge and dedication to defend you against any type of Florida criminal charge, including DUI, drug offenses, sex offenses, theft, fraud, violent crimes, underage crimes, and criminal traffic offenses in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas.
Drug charges are some of the most harshly punished crimes in Florida. A conviction can result in not only a lengthy prison sentence, but also the lifelong stigma of being a drug offender. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime — or are being investigated — hiring the right criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference.
Sarasota criminal defense lawyer Erika Valcarcel is a savvy trial lawyer who has handled countless misdemeanor and felony drug charges both from the perspective of a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She is a strong advocate for people charged with drug offenses ranging from minor possession to manufacturing and trafficking and will fight to get the best possible result for you.
Drug crimes in Florida often are felonies, and the penalties increase based on the type of drug and the amount involved. Drugs are categorized into five schedules, with the drugs listed on Schedules I and II being the most aggressively punished.