Sarasota Violent Crimes Lawyer
Criminal charges involving violence are among the most harshly penalized offenses in Florida. When you are suspected of physically harming or killing another person, particularly with a firearm, you may be in jeopardy of spending the rest of your life in prison — or even receiving the death penalty.
If you’re charged with a violent crime such as manslaughter, robbery, battery, or assault, the effects may be lifelong. You’ll likely find that people look at you differently — even your family and friends. You may have trouble holding a job or renting a place to live when employers or potential landlords view you suspiciously because of your record.
The many possible consequences of a conviction for a violent crime in Florida may include:
- A jail or prison sentence — up to life for some offenses
- A death sentence in very serious cases
- Expensive criminal fines and court fees
- House arrest or probation requiring monthly reporting, community service work, and classes
- A permanent felony record and the stigma of being branded a violent offender
- Loss of custody of your children or your visitation rights
- Loss or denial of a professional license to work in your chosen career
- Loss of your immigration visa or green card, denial of your citizenship application, or deportation if you’re a non-citizen
But it’s important to know that even if you’ve been charged, it’s not a foregone conclusion that you’ll be convicted. With the help of a skilled Sarasota violent crimes lawyer, you may be able to be found not guilty, get your charge dismissed, or get your penalties reduced. A good defense lawyer can help you put your charge behind you and move forward with your life.
Florida criminal defense attorney Erika Valcarcel has the experience and dedication to help with your Florida criminal charge. She has extensive trial experience that includes handling thousands of cases as a prosecutor in Manatee and Sarasota counties prior to becoming a defense lawyer. Her history gives her a valuable perspective on all sides of a criminal case and how to make the best possible arguments in your defense.
Types of Violent Crime Charges in Florida
The term “violent crime” can refer to a number of different types of Florida criminal offenses. Any of them are very serious legal matters and require the help of an experienced Sarasota criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and your future.
Erika Valcarcel has a track record of success that includes handling a wide range of misdemeanor and felony cases. She is prepared to build a strong defense for your charge, including:
- Murder— Murder is the unlawful killing of another human being and is a very serious felony crime in Florida, punishable by up to life in prison or the death penalty under some circumstances. However, there are circumstances under which a homicide may be justified under Florida law. A skilled Sarasota violent crimes lawyer can explain your options for defending your murder charge.
- Felony Murder— Felony murder occurs when someone is killed during the commission of certain felonies, such as rape or burglary. This offense is treated very harshly in Florida, even carrying the possibility of the death penalty. Erika Valcarcel knows that felony murder charges are not always applied correctly and will work to craft the strongest possible defense.
- Manslaughter— In contract to murder, manslaughter charges in Florida result from the unlawful taking of life without intent or malice aforethought. Whether the act is committed voluntarily or involuntarily, it is also a serious felony offense with the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. If you’re faced with manslaughter charges, a knowledgeable Florida manslaughter criminal defense attorney will be essential to building a strong defense in your case.
- Justifiable Homicide— Sometimes people are charged with manslaughter and other homicides when they were merely acting in self-defense, or trying to stop someone from committing a very serious crime. There are some situations that justify the killing of another person, but it takes a talented criminal dense lawyer to effectively present your side of the story.
- Assault & Battery— Assault and battery are separate criminal offenses, although they often may be charged together. Assault and battery can be either misdemeanor or felony offenses, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime. An experienced Sarasota violent crimes lawyer can explain the nature of your charge and your legal options moving forward.
- Aggravated Assault and Battery— When certain aggravating factors exist, assault and battery charges can rise to an even more severe level with heightened penalties. In these cases, you’ll need a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to clarify your situation and work towards building the strongest possible defense.
- Child Abuse and Neglect— The acts that qualify as child abuse and neglect are numerous, meaning that almost any situation in which a child is harmed could lead to a criminal charge.If you face these serious accusations, you’ll need an experienced defense lawyer to navigate the court process, fight for your rights, and build the strongest possible defense.
- Domestic Violence— Florida defines domestic violence as certain types of violent acts committed against a household or family member. This type of offense can devastate lives and if you’re charged, you’ll need a skilled criminal defense attorney to work on your behalf to protect your rights and set the record straight.
- Restraining Orders– Restraining orders are meant to protect individuals from harm. They can, however, make those accused face harsh and unfair consequences and restrictions in terms of where they can live, travel, and simply even go for a walk. If you’re facing a restraining order or have even unintentionally violated a current restraining order, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to help present your side of the case.
Contact a Skilled Sarasota Violent Crimes Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with a violent crime in Sarasota or Manatee counties, contact Erika Valcarcel for compassionate and aggressive criminal defense. She understands how devastating a serious criminal charge can be and will fight to get the best possible result for your case.
Valcarcel is committed to the ideals that every person is innocent unless proven guilty and that every person charged with a crime deserves a quality defense. She’ll work to ensure that your story is heard in court and that any factors that may convince a judge to dismiss your case or a jury to find you not guilty are presented in the strongest possible light.
She has extensive knowledge of the local criminal courts that mean she understands all facets of how criminal cases work in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Let Erika Valcarcel put her experience to work on your behalf. Call us at (941) 363-7900 or use the online contact form to schedule your consultation today.